What’s Happening in Bloemfontein?
aha Bloemfontein Hotel is centrally located on the corner of Parfitt and Henry Street. Within walking distance you will find popular restaurants, bars and sport stadiums and with Mimosa Mall being a couple of minutes away for all your shopping treats, you will feel right at home.
Things to do in Bloemfontein
1. Swim in the Olympic-sized Stadium Swimming Bath
It’s on Park Road, and it’s where Ryk Neethling competed in many school galas. Its length makes it a perfect training ground for that Robben Island swim you’ve been planning. Alternatively, just have a dip and grab an ice cream. There’s also a kiddies pool for toddlers.
2. Visit the Free State National Botanical Gardens
It’s gorgeous, with its big lawns, thatch-and-stone picnic shelters, enormous karee trees begging to be climbed and easy trails over stony koppies. It’s good for a gaze over the savanna and getting bonus steps on your Fitbit. Amateur botanists will probably see semi-arid species they haven’t encountered before. Zizi Restaurant serves regional boerekos, like pumpkin fritters, bobotie and leg of lamb. Booking is recommended. Tel 0823946747.
3. Step inside the National Museum
Here, like a mini Smithsonian, there’s a bit of everything: dinosaur skeletons, meteorite pieces, live snakes and realistic historical street scenes. I used to marvel at photographs of the beautiful buildings of old Bloemfontein that were knocked down to build shopping malls. Tel 0514479609, nasmus.co.za
4. The Anglo-Boer War Museum and the National Women’s Memorial
This is a must for history and war enthusiasts. Tel 0514473447, anglo-boer.co.za
Other Attractions include:
1. The University of the Free State
2. Central University of Technology
3. Loch Logan Waterfront
4. Sport Stadium