Bloemfontein, Free State
Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State Province in South Africa. The name of the city comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch language, the literal meaning is ‘Blooming Fountain’. Bloemfontein is not only just the capital of the Free State, but it is also the Judicial Capital of the country. The city falls under the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
You will find quite a number of interesting places and buildings in the area including the Supreme Court of Appeal and a number of museums. Many of the museums can be found close together within the city these include the National Museum Bloemfontein, the National Afrikaans Literary Museum and Research Centre, the Old Presidency Museum amongst others. There are also a few historical landmarks such as the Old Mutual Building and the Hoffman Square, which is a large public plaza and green space.
The city of Bloemfontein is famous for its annual rose festival, which is known as the ‘Bloemfontein or Mangaung Rose Festival’. This festival usually happens in the month of October, this time of the year is slightly cooler and the best time for the roses to fully bloom. This festival is a wonderful time for the city as it attracts many tourists to the region every year. The rest of the year, the region experiences very hot summer days and dry winters, many times there is also quite a bit of frost that appears.
Some of the suburbs located in Bloemfontein include Willows, Hilton, Buitesig, Dan Pienaar and Naval Hill. The Naval Hill is also the location of the Franklin Game Reserve and the Lamont-Hussey Observatory and Planetarium. The city also has many educational Institutions including quite a few Primary and High Schools. You also have the University of the Free State as well as the Central University of Technology.
Bloemfontein also has a number of shopping malls including the large and popular Loch Logan Waterfront Mall, which offers an array of shops, entertainment and restaurants. Located adjacent to this mall is the Free State Stadium, which hosted some matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. There is also the Bloem Plaza and the Brandweg Shopping Centre amongst others. Other interesting activities in Bloemfontein include a visit to the National Botanical Gardens, the Southern Sun Casino and the Andre Huguenot Theatre.
The region also has its own airport, the Bram Fischer International Airport, which travels to all major cities in the country. There is also an extensive railway system and is an important stop between Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are also a number of national and regional roads that run through the city and close by.
Properties for sale in Bloemfontein include a mix of houses, apartments, townhouses, commercial properties, vacant land and farms. In suburbs like Willows, you will find a lot more apartments for sale, while in places like Westdene or Dan Pienaar; you have bigger houses and town houses for sale. If you’re only visiting the region, then there are a number of popular lodges and hotels throughout the area.