Fly To to Bloemfontein, South Africa
Bloemfontein is often referred to by its Sesotho name Mangaung.
This bustling City of Roses is the capital of the Free State, and the birthplace of many South African icons, like Hansie Cronje and Leon Schuster. Shrouded with beautiful scenic rose attractions, soaring safaris, and the electric night life atmosphere of 2nd Avenue.
It is a place that has many things up it sleeve which would make anyone want to stay a little longer.
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Why visit Bloemfontein?
- Learn more about this town from the Boer War monuments, historic art galleries, indigenous villages and even a museum dedicated to the game of rugby Bloemfontein has it all!
- For those nature lovers the Free State National Botanical Gardens is a lush paradise with a 200 year old olive tree, 140 bird species, 54 reptile and 32 mammal species!
- Enjoy a fulfilling night out at Vulture Club where poets, musicians, storytellers, and comedians showcase their talents!
The best time to visit Bloemfontein is during spring which begins in September and ends in October. April and May which is autumn in this city are also perfect months to visit this town.
The weather over this time period remains sunny and pleasant. Summer seasons falls between November and March, temperatures are usually high and it can become very humid.
Winter begins in June and ends in March, Bloemfontein is very cold over this time and it is not the perfect time to visit for a holiday if you do not like cold weather.
There are many languages that are spoken in this town, they include Sesotho, isiZulu, Setswana, and Afrikaans which is widely spoken throughout the province. The numbers of first language English speakers are relatively low.
Some useful Afrikaans phrases to help you put are:
- Hello - Goeie dag
- Goodbye - Totsiens
- Sorry - Jammer
- Thank you - Dankie
- The author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit was born in Bloemfontein.
- This city is known as the ‘City of Roses’ due to the abundance of roses found.
- The largest fire service museum in South Africa is situated in Bloemfontein.
This may be a small city but there are attractions that should not be missed. Bloemfontein offers visitors the opportunity to mix and get up close and personal with cheetahs, lions, leopards and tigers at the Cheetah Experience which is located near the city centre.
Go fishing on the banks of Modder River which is perfect on a cool summers day. Explore the game reserve that encircles the Naval Hill, goes up to the Nelson Mandela monument and through the Franklin nature reserve.
Along this path you are likely to pass giraffes and smaller buck strolling along it is one of the best scenic experiences in Bloemfontein. The first digital planetarium in Sub Saharan Africa is one of the best ways to gaze at the universe above.
This digital planetarium is a spectacular sighting experience. Learn a little about Bloemfontein's history by visiting the national Women's Memorial which was unveiled in 1913 to commemorate the 27000 women and children who died in British concentration camps during the Second Boer War.
The many other attractions that can fill up your holiday include:
- Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm
- Soetdoring Nature Reserve
- Die Mystic Boer
- The Orchid House
- The South African Armour Museum
- Anglo-Boer War Museum
- National Museum of Bloemfontein
- The Waterfront
Bloemfontein is a town that has something for everyone. Seven on Kellner offers an informal, intimate atmosphere. This restaurant serves poultry, meat and seafood dishes that are prepared to perfection, along a Middle Eastern- and Indian-inspired theme.
Be sure to try out the handmade honey and lavender ice cream for dessert. Cubana is another restaurant in Bloemfontein that serves the best Latin Food. They have a lengthy food menu, and the Latino social café atmosphere that is perfect even just for a drink.
Restaurants like Bella Casa Trattoria are loved by locals for their great outlook over the water,their food is excellent especially the sandwiches and salads.
Last,but definitely not least is homemade pies and worsbrootjies at the Boeremark. Every Saturday from 7am to 1pm this Farmer’s market is open and serving the most delicious fresh eggs, cheese,vegetables, tasty baked goods, cold cooldrinks and worsrolls still sizzling off the braai.
This is not a very conservative city, but it is a place that has a rich cultural heritage. There is a large Jewish population in Bloemfontein.
This city also has a large and diverse Christian population which houses several churches and denominations:
- It is the seat of the Anglican Diocese of the Free State
- Afrikaans Baptist Church
- Missionary Church of Kopimism
- The Dutch Reformed Church
- Sacred Heart Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bloemfontein.
Bloemfontein is a much safer city than most other South African cities. Most shopping malls are safe and patrolled with 24 hour security.
This is a safe city, but like any city there are good and bad parts.
Remain vigilant at all times and avoid standing alone in dodgy areas like near the train station or townships, as individuals who are not from this town tend to stand out and can become easy targets.
Nigerians travelling to South Africa need a visa, The South Africa Visa Application Centre Lagos will only accept 180 applications inclusive of all categories from Monday to Friday.
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Address: 971 Francis Baard Street
Phone: +27 12 342-0805 | +27 12 342-0688 | +27 12 342-0905 | +27 12 342-0808
Fax:+27 12 342-0718
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||₦ 580||₦ 600||₦ 1,265.74|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||₦ 300||₦ 350||₦ 246.82|
|Coke/Pepsi||₦ 98||₦ 100||₦ 123.41|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||₦ 500||₦ 143||₦ 126.57|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||₦ 250||₦ 300||₦ 424.02|
About Bloemfontein Airport
Bloemfontein Airport is located in Bloemfontein. This Airport was renamed Bram Fisher International Airport in 2012. It caters to more than 400 000 passengers and 20 000 air traffic movements per annum.
Food and beverages: The restaurant that is located in the airport is Mugg and Bean, and there is also a Sweets From Heaven shop located on the ground floor.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline, or you should go to the information desk that is located at the airport for more assistance.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Avis, Bidvest, Hertz, Europcar, First Car Rental, National Alamo, and Tempest.
Airport hotels: The hotel that is located near the airport is the Road Lodge Bloemfontein Airport.
The information on this page is correct as of April 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.com.ng takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.