It’s often assumed that Bloemfontein does not have much to offer in terms of holiday activities and scenery. Contrary to popular belief, Bloemfontein’s landscapes are intriguing and there are a host of sporting activities to partake in. Not to mention the ravishing roses which line the inner city.
As Bloemfontein which is also referred to as ‘The City of Roses’ or Bloemies, is the judicial capital of South Africa, one would assume that the city does not have much to offer. The city is situated on the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town and is often the go-between or stop off city for most tourists or travellers en route to Johannesburg or Cape Town. Consider contacting a Bloemfontein car rental to ensure you’re able to travel around with ease.
Bloemfontein is located on an area of dry land yet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the beautiful sight of thousands of rose bushes which line the city. In fact, expect to see more than 4000 variations of rose trees planted in the gardens in Kings Park. Many homes in Bloemfontein have picturesque gardens which are strewn with plants and trees. This makes for a delightful city to discover.
In comparison to other major cities, Bloemfontein has a laid-back city where most of the residents do not live up to a rush-rush mentality.
Bloemfontein’s vast fields and lavish landscapes lend itself to edgy sporting activities. An array of sporting as well as leisurely activities is available. Kings Park hosts the popular Art in the Park a very popular event amongst local residents’ takes place on the first Saturday of every month. If you’re in need of window shopping and a bite at restaurant, make use of your Bloemfontein car rental and venture into the Loch Logan Waterfront where you’ll find various shops, pubs and entertainment facilities. If you’re an art enthusiasts, the Oliewenhuis Art Gallery will whet your appetite. The gallery is a Cape Dutch house beneath sprawling lawns and huge trees and frequently hosts exhibitions. A quant tea garden is situated at the gallery. Of course the annual rose festival is an event worth attending.
Bloemfontein Golf Course
Golf fanatics will enjoy the Bloemfontein Gold Club which is located approximately 6 kilometres and in close proximity to Maselspoort Road also referred to as the airport road. The holes in the club consist of water holes and are amongst the toughest in South Africa.
The Bloemfontein Zoo is home to the Big Five and various other animals such as various antelope species, panthers, hippos and tiger.
Caledon Nature Reserve
The Caledon Nature Reserves is approximately 120 kilometres south east of Bloemfontein and 15 kilometres south of Wepener on Route 701. The Caledon River flows through the Reserve and is also home to the Welbedacht Dam which is situated in the south of the reserve.
Bloemfontein Historical Monuments
Bloemfontein has an array of historical buildings particularly the city centre which is lined with interesting architecture. Amongst the various sights, you’ll find President Brand Street which is a national monument. The street showcases a number of museums and is lined with majestic trees.
The Naval Hill is an averaged sized nature reserve which has at least 192 hectors and is situated in the city centre. It is advised to use your Bloemfontein car rental to explore the vicinity as venturing by foot might be a hassle as the stretch is long. The Orchard house is another fascinating building to visit as it showcases the world’s largest collection of orchids. A fragrance garden for the blind is located close to the Orchid house.
A Sunday morning service can be attended at the Anglican Cathedral where Major Henry Warden laid the foundation of the building in 1850. Other historical buildings include the city hall which was designed by Sir Gordon Leith, the first Raadsaal which is a standard building which has dung doors and a thatched roof also erected by Major Warden in 1849 who did not have the luxury of using the services of a Bloemfontein car rentals at the time for easy access to various parts of the city. The Government Building is a perfect example of Cape Dutch architecture and a charming fountain in the city features a mosaic of the city’s emblem.