Attractions IN Bloemfontein

Golf Courses

Bloemfontein Golf Club

The Bloemfontein Golf Club is situated about 6 kilometres from the city centre just off Maselspoort Road - more commonly known as the Airport Road. Bloemfontein's last five holes - all water holes, rival the toughest in South Africa. The 14th, is a ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bloemfontein Zoo

The Bloemfontein Zoo was established in 1906, and has continued to grow and develop since then to be one of the most popular animal sanctuaries in the country. Family outings are always fantastically fun here. Small group tours that are conducted by ...

Nature Reserves

Franklin Nature Reserve

Named after Sir John Stuart Franklin, the mayor of Bloemfontein during the 1920s, Franklin Game Reserve lies right in the heart of Bloemfontein. There are very few cities in the world that can claim to have a nature reserve within their perimeters - ...

Botanical Gardens

Free State National Botanical Garden

On the north western fringes of Bloemfontein lie 70 hectares of botanical garden, in a valley peppered with dolerite koppies, tall grassland and woodland; some magnificent examples of wild olive and karee trees, an orange blossom arbour and a petrified ...

2010 Stadiums / Landmarks

Free State Stadium

The Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein was originally built for the Rugby World Cup of 1995. Then, it was revamped to host a number of matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Its current tenants include the Central Cheetahs, the Free State Cheetahs and ...

Botanical Gardens / Landmarks

Historic Tree Garden

Along President Brand Street (Bloemfontein’s ‘historical mile’) you will find classic sandstone buildings that surprise with their grandeur - the 3rd Raadsaal, the 4th Raadsaal and today’s Old Presidency ...

Cultural / Popular Tourist Routes

Mangaung Cultural Route

Mangaung is a township just outside Bloemfontein, famous as the birthplace of the African National Congress (ANC), the country's ruling party. The cultural route takes in the highlights of Masenkeng stadium, Maphikela House and the Youth Monument, ...

Museums

National Museum Bloemfontein

Notable for its large collection of fossils, cultural historical exhibits and archaeological displays, including the Florisbad skull which was discovered in the 1930s at the Florisbad Spring some 50 km north of Bloemfontein. (Florisbad Man is estimated ...

Landmarks / Memorials

Naval Hill

The star of the show up on Naval Hill, and the reason for so many visitors, is the huge statue of Nelson Mandela, erected here in December 2012. It is eight metres high, a larger-than-life replica of Mandela with his fist raised in ...

Museums / Landmarks

SA Armour Museum

The SA Armour Museum is dedicated to preserving the integrity and the history of the South African Armoured Corps (SAAC), as well as of armour in a broader sense. Its exhibitions include an indoor display, outdoor ...

Entertainment

Sand du Plessis Theatre

Completed in 1985 at a cost of over R60 million, the Sand du Plessis complex is one of the most modern theatres in the world. The facade features massive glass panels; and works of art form part of the decor. Throughout the year, the theatre is the venue ...

Golf Courses

Schoeman Park Golf Club

Schoeman Park Golf Club, as it is known today, had its origin in 1904 when a few Scottish members of the old Bloemfontein Railway Institute started playing golf on a nine hole golf course. Today the Club building and grounds still belong to Transnet, but ...

Lakes / Dams / Nature Reserves

Soetdoring Dam Nature Reserve

Soetdoring Nature Reserve has two entrances. The eastern entrance is at the Modder River on the Bloemfontein / Bultfontein road (R700). Here visitors enjoy angling, pic-nicing and game viewing. Braai (BBQ) facilities are located along the river and the ...

Landmarks / Memorials

The Thinking Stone

This is a large, sandstone rock artwork by South African sculptor Willem Boshoff, commissioned to produce a major sculpture for the core of the University of the Free State campus. It is said that the stone, which lies on Red Square close ...

Attractions AROUND Bloemfontein

Nature Reserves

Caledon Nature Reserve

Roughly 120 kilometres south east of Bloemfontein and 15 kilometres south of Wepener on Route 701, the Caledon Nature Reserve, through which the Caledon River flows, is also home to the Welbedacht Dam situated in the southern parts of the reserve ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Maria Moroka Game Reserve

One of the only game reserves named after a woman - Dr Maria Moroka was a hero from the struggle against apartheid – the Maria Moroka Game Reserve lies close to the large mountain, and little town, known as Thaba Nchu, roughly 70 kilometres outside of ...

... and a little further afield

2010 Stadiums / Landmarks

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Home to the Sundowns Football Club and the Blue Bulls rugby team, Loftus Versfeld received a welcomed revamp and renovation in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, hosted by South Africa. It was built decades ago, and has seen a number ...

Nature Reserves

Oviston Nature Reserve

The Oviston Nature reserve lies close to the little Karoo towns of Venterstad and Oviston roughly two hours’ drive from Bloemfontein. That it is in the Karoo should impart the potential for blinding hot summer days, but along with this slight discomfort ...

World Heritage Sites

Vredefort Dome

The Vredefort dome is the oldest and largest meteorite impact site (Asrobleme) in the world. Formed an estimated 2000 million years ago when a gigantic meteorite (larger than Table Mountain) hit the earth close to where Vredefort is today. The force of ...

Bloemfontein as a destination

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Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu

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