Bloemfontein is the capital city and economic hub of the Free State Province. Situated in the heart of South Africa, this city offers a rural lifestyle where family values and relaxed living are combined with city comforts. Bloemfontein boasts excellent primary and secondary schools and is home to the University of the Free State and Central University of Technology.
Affectionately known as the “City of Roses”, Bloemfontein hosts the annual Rose Festival during which residents open their gardens to the public. The Rose Festival not only celebrates the best roses in the city, but Grandma and Grandpa Rose and Miss Rosebud (Mej. Roosknoppie) are crowned.
Bloemfontein is South Africa's Judicial Capital, and with its location roughly in the centre of the country, the city is the perfect stop-over for the weary traveller. Avast array of guesthouses, hotels, self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation caters for every need.
Popular attractions include:
• Oliewenhuis art museum with its sprawling lawns is ideal for a family picnic. The museum is home to a permanent collection of South African Art, and it regularly hosts exhibitions for renowned artists. A restaurant on the beautifully kept grounds offers hearty meals.
• Free State Botanical Garden with a restaurant, lapa and picnic areas. A walk through these gardens is sure to inspire any gardener to plant indigenous.
• Macufe and the Free State Art Festival, each held annually, provide entertainment for lovers of music and art of all genres.
• Bloemfonteiners are avid supporters of their local sport heroes. The city is host to the Cheetahs (rugby); Bloemfontein Celtic (soccer); and the Knights(cricket).
•The city boasts a variety of restaurants, parks, shopping centres, community markets such as the popular Boeremark (farmers market) and Westdene Park market and other attractions such as theaters, a casino and nurseries. If you are looking for a lifestyle where family and business exist in perfect harmony, Bloemfontein might just be the place to be!