Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State province and the country’s judicial capital. Located in central South Africa on the southern edge of the Highveld, the “City of Roses”, as it is known locally, is part of the Mangaung Local Municipality (Mangaung is a Sotho word meaning “place where the Cheetahs dwell”).
With its homely country feel, Bloemfontein is one of South Africa’s most relaxed and welcoming cities and is celebrated for its natural prettiness and warm hospitality. Bloemfontein, which means fountain of flowers, has plenty of of gorgeous places to see and explore.
Bloemfontein City Hall
The Kings Park Rose Garden has more than 4 000 rose bushes and many more of the gorgeous blooms can be seen along the streets around the city. Consequently, the annual Rose Festival, which was founded in 1976, is a popular local event.
Experience the city’s rich history through beautiful historical buildings with classic architecture throughout the city centre or visit one of the many museums spread across the suburbs.
Another special attraction is the Franklin Game Reserve at Naval Hill in the heart of the city. There are not many cities with a nature reserve right in its CBD. This is also a beautiful spot to take in a full view of Bloemfontein. At the foot of Naval Hill lies Hamilton Park, the home of one of the largest collections of orchids on the planet.
Visitors can choose from a range of lovely restaurants at Loch Logan Waterfront, or visit Oliewenhuis Art Gallery and Art in the Park at Kings Park have an incredible art collection for art lovers.
Loch Logan Waterfront
With a host of guest houses, bed & breakfasts, self-catering units, hotels and lodges Bloemfontein can comfortably accommodate its guests. From affordable and simple to opulent and luxurious lodging, the city is equipped to handle the needs of its locals and visitors.
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