Harrismith – Waaidam Guest Farm and Conference/Wedding Venue
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Waaidam Guest Farm & Conference Centre is situated on a beautiful horse, cattle and sheep farm only 16 km from Harrismith in the Free State and is a fascinating sandstone venue for seminars, conferences, weddings (with chapel), family get-togethers, special occasions and as a base to explore the northern Drakensberg. It also offers comfortable over-night accommodation to travellers along the N3 on route to Natal.

Rev Willem, a qualified and accredited marriage councillor specialising in groups, and Erna succeeded expertly in transforming a sandstone sheep shed/barn into a venue with a special atmosphere where guests have a choice between self-catering or full service – also with regard to functions, conferences and weddings. The reception area is well planned with a modern and fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge areas with fire-place and indoors braai area and an adjacent conference hall which is also used as chapel. Waaidam offers 8 en suite double rooms, 4 en suite family rooms for 4 persons, an ablution block for campers and a hall for children’s activities with 12 bunk beds. A spacious and private “special” honeymoon suite will soon be available in the main farmstead…and Erna’s home cooking is said to be the best in the Free State!

Relax in the heated indoors swimming pool or oudoors pool
Rev Willem and Erna succeeded expertly in transforming a sandstone sheep shed into a venue with a special atmosphere (small and large pics
Rev Willem and Erna succeeded expertly in transforming a sandstone sheep shed into a venue with a special atmosphere (small and large pics
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Activities:
Fishing Waidam offers fishingh in dams, game viewing, birding, hiking trails and horseriding

Game Viewing On farm

Bird Watching On Farm

Hiking Trails On farm

Other Activities Touch farm experiences for the kids like handmilking of cows and playing with the feathered folk in the farmyard.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on Request

- Waaidam offers 8 ensuite double rooms, 4 ensuite family rooms - 4 persons per room and 3 suites. An ablution block for campers and a hall for children’s activities with 12 bunk beds. A spacious and private “special” honeymoon suite will soon be available in the main farmstead. Rates for weddings/conferences/groups etc on request.

The complex has a communual fireplace, braai lapa, indoors heated swimming pool and an outdoors pool.
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television Yes
Radio No
Heater No
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner Yes
Entrance to the farm (small pic) and sandstone farmstead with inlay of indoors heated swimming pool (large pic)
Entrance to the farm (small pic) and sandstone farmstead with inlay of indoors heated swimming pool (large pic)
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Nearest Town:
Harrismith
Distance: 16km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
The facilities are unique -- converted sandstone farm barns -- with a touch of class and warm atmosphere. The first barn consists of a conference venue with seating for 150 persons, podium and public address system. There is also a data projector, white board, flip chart etc. The second barn consists of two units each comprising of an entrance lobby with fireplace and three rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Bar facilities available. The reception area is well planned with a modern and fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge areas with fire-place and indoors braai area and an adjacent conference hall which is also used as chapel. Facilities include a heated indoors as well as outdoors swimming pool

RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
DEBORA RETIEF GARDEN - A 250 million year old, 33m fossilised tree lies in this garden next to the town hall. Memorials honour those who fought in the Anglo-Boer war. HARRISMITH WILDFLOWER GARDENS - founded in 1967 as a botanical garden, this garden contain about 20% of the Drakensburg region's flora. Located around two dams fed by mountain springs. KERKENBERG - The voortrekkers camped in the area, whilst their leader, Piet Retief, negotiated with the Zulu leader, Dingaan.

Any other information which may interest tourists to the area
Harrismith is situated in the eastern Free State at the foot of the Platberg mountain. The town was established in 1849 on the banks of the Wilge River, at Gemsbokhoek, because of the need of a service centre in the north-eastern Free State. The town was named after Sir Harry Smith, then governor of the area today known as the Free State. 42nd Hill got its name because of the 42nd regiment of the "First Black Watch" which camped at the foot of the dill during the English occupation of Harrismith in August 1900

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Cheese factory on neighbouring farm. Visit a lion farm lion the area.
The Menu
Traditional cuisine. Erna’s home cooking is said to be the best in the Free State! Communual kitchen for self-catering. All meals catered for on request – individuals as well as groups

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Waaidam - 2000 ha
Farming Activities: Horses, cattle and sheep. Maize, wheat and beans
Farm History: 

A bit about your hosts:
Rev Willem, a qualified and accredited marriage councillor specialising in groups, and Erna succeeded expertly in transforming a sandstone sheep shed into a venue with a special atmosphere Your hosts are Rev Willie and Erna… and her home cooking is said to be the best in the Free State
Your hosts are Rev Willie and Erna… and her home cooking is said to be the best in the Free State
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

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The reception area is well planned with a modern and fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge areas with fire-place and indoors braai area (small and large pics)
The reception area is well planned with a modern and fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge areas with fire-place and indoors braai area (small and large pics)
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   Waaidam offers 6 en suite double rooms, 4 en suite family rooms, an ablution block for campers and a hall for children’s activities
Waaidam offers 6 en suite double rooms, 4 en suite family rooms, an ablution block for campers and a hall for children’s activities
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