After you have checked in to your chosen Free State accommodation, you can begin taking in your surroundings. Bloemfontein (Dutch for ‘fountain of flowers’) is very aptly named, as you will very quickly discover. Rose-covered gardens and verges add a scenic touch to the city’s streets, while many of its attractions take full advantage of the abundance of blooms to provide a rewarding nature encounter. Each year, the Rose Festival brings visitors from far and wide to pay homage to the ‘City of Roses’, while also enjoying the mild weather and laid-back atmosphere of the city.
The Free State National Botanical Gardens is an excellent place to enjoy the pretty surrounds, while those who appreciate history can visit the many museums to be found, such as Bloemfontein National Museum, Anglo Boer War Museum or even Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Other attractions to add to your ‘to-see’ list include Hertzog Square, the Cheetah Sanctuary, Loch Logan Waterfront and Vodacom Park, which is home to the city’s rugby team, The Cheetahs. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and other facilities on offer too, including car hire – useful if you wish to explore the rest of the province at your own pace.
If you are seeking just the right hotel for your trip to this part of South Africa, our Southern Sun portfolio of Free State accommodation provides a long-standing reputation for quality, value and world-class service. Learn more about our Bloemfontein hotels above to get full details on facilities, rooms and bookings.