Bloemfontein is South Africa’s judicial capital and the capital city of the Free State Province. The city is located in the grassland and home to almost 400 000 residents. Bloemfontein is popularly known as “the city of roses” because of its reputation for its flowers.
Attractions in Bloemfontein
The Bloemfontein Zoo
The thing that makes Bloemfontein zoo so spectacular, except for the fact that it has the largest collection of apes in South Africa, is the zoos interesting collections of animals and birds kept in almost natural surroundings.
Maria Moroka Game Reserve
A large variety of indigenous game and bird species can be viewed at the Maria Moroko Game Reserve, situated at the foot of the Thaba Nchu Mountain. Soetdoring Nature Reserve and Predator Park This reserve is situated only 45km from Bloemfontein on the banks of the Modder River. The Soetdoring Reserve not only offers their visitors excellent angling oppurtunities, but also the opportunity to see the feeding rituals of wild animals like lions and Cape Wild Dogs at their predator park.
Bloemfontein Botanical Garden
This peaceful and well-maintained botanical garden is the only one of its kind in the Free State.
Franklin Game Reserve
Situated on Naval Hill in the Bloemfontein inner city, this reserve offers a glimpse of several species of game and an expansive view of the city and surrounding countryside.
The Boyden Observatory is a unique astronomy research centre outside Bloemfontein. The observatory can be visited by groups on public open evenings or for exclusive evenings on appointment..
National, Provincial and Local Government Buildings
- Appeal Court – the highest court in South Africa.
- Supreme Court – this building with its magnificent interior was built in 1909.
- Fourth Raadsaal – an impressive and well-designed classical structure, built in the early 1800's.
- Lebohang Building – building with extraordinary stained glass and concrete panels
- Bram Fischer Building – a modern glass construction, inaugurated in 1992 and serves as the headquarters of the MANGAUNG Local Municipality.
- The City Hall – an impressive sandstone building, designed by Sir Gordon Leith and was declared a national conservation area in its entirety.
Getting In & Around
The Bloemfontein Airport is located in the Free State province in the city of Bloemfontein. The airport shares it runways with AFB Bloemspruit. This is one of South Africa’s smaller airports and it only serves domestic flights and not international flights. International visitors should take a connecting flight from one of the international airports like Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport. In 2004 the airport only served 225 636 passengers annually.
Available national airlines and destinations:
South African Airways operated by
- South African Airlink (Durban, Port Elizabeth)
- South African Express (Cape Town, Durban)
- Mango Airways (Cape Town)
Preparing to visit
Bloemfontein has a oceanic climate, meaning a climate characterized by a narrower annual range of temperatures. Summers are mild with average maximum temperatures of 26C and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters have an average maximum temperature of 17C and this season is cool and dry.
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|Average Low (˚C)||15||15||12||8||3||-2||-2||1||5||9||12||14|