Attractions and Places to Visit in Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein, the "city of roses" and Boer stronghold, is the capital of the Free State and its economic and cultural heart. As the seat of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court, the city serves as South Africa's judicial capital. Thanks to its central location in the semi-arid highveld, this predominantly modern city is a hub of road and rail traffic and a popular stopover on the journey between the Cape and adjacent provinces. It's also a convenient base to explore other tourist attractions in the Free State. To the northeast, Naval Hill looms over the city with its Observatory Theater and wildlife-rich nature reserve, while in the city itself, sightseers will find an excellent art gallery, as well as museums with fascinating exhibits on the region's cultural and natural history. With a name meaning "Flower Fountain," it's no surprise Bloemfontein is also home to a beautiful botanical garden. In the surrounding areas, animal lovers can commune with big cats at a couple of popular wildlife parks.