Free State


On this last week of exploring the country, the TOMSA/Sunday Times Finders Keepers team visited Free State province where they stayed at three TOMSA levy contributor establishments, namely the elegantly decorated 4-star Windmill Lodge at Windmill Casino, the luxurious Black Mountain Leisure & Conference Hotel in the heart of Maria Moroka Nature Reserve, and the charming Frontier Inn & Casino in Bethlehem.
The team then visited the planetarium on top of Naval Hill in Bloemfontein and were awed by the National Women’s Museum and the Basotho Cultural Village in Golden Gate National Park. Their expedition across the province also took them to little towns like Ladybrand, Bethlehem and Clocolan and they even stopped in at Sandstone Estates to ride a railcar on the farm’s narrow-gauge railway.They also explored the incredible collection of tractors, locomotives and other historic vehicles.

For you to get a bonus entry towards the grand prize (R1 m), all you have to do is take a picture of yourself at any TOMSA Levy Contributing business (car rental, Accommodation, tour operator, attraction & travel agency). The name of the business must appear in the picture for you to qualify for the bonus entry. Visit to see the list of TOMSA levy contributor businesses across the country.

Weekly prizes

This week's fabulous holiday prizes from a TOMSA levy contributor are as follows:

Black Mountain Hotel & Bidvest
Weekend stay for 2 adults & 2 children under 18 sharing, including breakfast in the Moroka Restaurant, including 3-day car hire from Bidvest

Frontier Hotel, Bethlehem
Two-night weekend stay for two adults sharing, including buffet breakfast at the on-site Spur Restaurant

Windmill Lodge
Two-night stay for two people sharing 

Simply register and answer three out of the five questions correctly and your details will automatically be entered into the weekly draw for the fabulous holidays, as well as into the main draw to win one million rand in cash. Winners of the above holiday prizes will be notified this week and their names published in the Sunday Times on 18 Sept.

An elegantly decorated boutique hotel, the 4-star Windmill Lodge offers you and your family comfortable holiday accommodation in Bloemfontein. With 80 rooms and suites situated close to the Windmill Casino and Entertainment Complex, the Windmill Lodge is ideal for stopovers and family getaways.
Contact details:+27 51 410 2000
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Live the spirit of adventure. Located in Bethlehem in the Free State, Frontier Inn and Casino is a charming, boutique casino resort perfectly situated en-route to Clarens. Comfortable accommodation, lively entertainment, and service with a smile, characterize this frontier – themed establishment with its magnificent finishes.
Contact details:058 307 6000
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Welcome to Black Mountain Leisure & Conference Hotel, Luxury and elegance in the heart of Maria Moroka Nature Reserve. Approximately 80km east of Bloemfontein, the vast public areas are under interlinked pyramids, whose patterned walls and grey slate roofs fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Elegantly furnished rooms in spectacular surroundings, Black Mountain Hotel has 115 en-suite rooms, including 2 suites with private gardens or balcony and all the necessary mod-cons. Black Mountain Conference facilities comprise of 9 venues, offering state of the art facilities from 16 seater to 550 seater in cinema style seating. Leisure and sporting facilities for your entertainment include a spa, solarium, sauna, tennis, paintball, volley ball, game drives, fishing, putt-putt, water sports, horse riding, cinema, children’s entertainment and much more. Dining facilities include the Moroka Restaurant which offers, buffets, à la carte and light meals with room service available 18 hours a day. The lounge Terrace and Pool Bar also offer light meals and refreshments.
Contact details: 051 871 4200
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At Bidvest Car Rental, our people understand that whether you are on business or on holiday, every minute of your journey is important to you, and time is precious. The ones that put these words into action are our invaluable staff, they are the people that make every minute count. Adding value to the lives of our customers and working hard.
We recently gave each staff member a pair of comfy, good-to-go running shoes, to avoid sore feet, and of course, to keep our customers on the move.
The Bidvest Car Rental staff are acutely aware that the traveller wants to get to their destination as quickly and painlessly as possible. In their eyes, travellers are busy people who are on their way to a big meeting, or a small meeting that’s part of something big, or a long awaited holiday, or to see friends and family.
Bidvest Car Rental sees it as more than just transport, more than A to B, it’s part of a bigger journey that each and every customer is going through. Call it a business partnership, a friendship, at minimum it’s an understanding that the customer’s time counts.
Travelling and logistics is about time and efficiency, but it’s also about understanding our customer and ensuring we make a difference in the time people spend with us.
Contact Number: 0861017722