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Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa. In Dutch "Bloem" means "flower" and "fontein" means "fountain". It is also known as the "City of Roses" or Mangaung (which means "place of Cheetahs" in Sesotho). "Bloemfontein is home to South Africa's Appeal Court.

History

Birthplace of political parties

2008. The Congress of the People (COPE) is founded in Bloemfontein.

1915. The National Party is founded in Bloemfontein.

1912. ANC is founded in Bloemfontein.

1846. An army officer from Britain, Henry Warden, creates an army outpost in what was then known as Transoranje. He chose the spot as there was no horse sickness around there, lots of space and it was close to the main route to Winburg.

Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers have a fearsome reputation. Here's a video of a taxi driver's reaction to somebody jaywalking in front of him:

 

Geography

Bloemfontein is situated on the African escarpment 1400m above sea level.

Climate

Bloemfontein gets most of its rainfall during its hot summers, when afternoon thunderstorms are frequent. The city is cold and dry during winter months, when there is often severe frost. (Jul: max:17ºC min:-2ºC).

Getting to and from Bloemfontein

By air

Bloemfontein Airport is 10km to the east of the city, and a number of flights to major South African cities take off from here (operated by South African Airways and 1Time).

By bus

Translux, Greyhound and the Intercape connect Johannesburg to the major South African cities.

By car

Bloemfontein can be reached by car via the N1 highway, running from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Accommodation

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Top Attractions

Botanical Gardens (the only Botanical Garden in the Free State Province, with Karoo plants, more than 100 species of birds and 54 reptile species).

Boyden Observatory

Fire Station Museum

Franklin Game Reserve

The Waterfront (restaurants & shops)

Bloemfontein Zoo (where the world's first 'liger' – a mix between a tiger and a lion - was bred).

Golf Course

National Museum

Women's Memorial

Churches

Calvary Independent Baptist Church

NG Gemeente Heuwelkruin

Distances

Bloemfontein to Cape Town

1004km

Bloemfontein To Port Elizabeth

677km

Bloemfontein to Johannesburg

398km

Links

Bloemfontein's official municipal website.

Bloemfontein business guide

Google map

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