Bloemfontein is one of the three capitals of South Africa, holding the fort as the judicial capital of the nation. Also known as the City of Roses that is due to the abundance of its namesake and the annual rose festival, this title hints at the “natural wonders” that Bloemfontein has managed to pull off, while pulling weight in the sports and art fields too.
Getting the title of the City of Roses was certainly no easy feat as Bloemfontein is situated in an area of dry grassland. Yet, roses can be found in abundance when you step out of your Bloemfontein accommodation. That said, it is best to visit the Bloemfontein Botanical Garden during spring from November to March when the plants are in full bloom. Not only is this garden home to some 400 species of plants, 124 species of birdlife and 54 species of reptiles are also residents here.
Bloemfontein can also boasts of the Franklin Game Reserve, one of only two city wildlife reserves in the world. Other than game, many bird species, including Karoo scrub robins, the furry flycatcher and violet-eared waxbills roam the reserve, making this a treat for many birdwatchers. For those who wish to stay in a Bloemfontein hotel close to nature, we have the only South African hotel located in a zoo that promises a unique experiences.
For a nation that loves its soccer, cricket and rugby, the State President Swart Park is testament to the grip of these sports over this nation. With a sitting capacity of 35,000, this stadium has played host to many major soccer and rugby matches.
Guests at our hotels in Bloemgontein who are into arts, a trip to the Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a must. With a focus on South Africa’s cultural heritage, this museum holds in trust an historical and contemporary art collection on behalf of the people of South Africa even though it is one of the youngest museums in the country.