Hello, from the capital of the Free State!


Hello, from the capital of the Free State!

Bloemfontein is a city placed right in the middle of a large spread out semi-desert landscape called the Transgariep.

The city has seen much over its lifetime. It has been an independent Boer Republic and also been colonised by the British colony. Now, with its standing historical building, it proudly serves as the centre of judicial activities in the country.

Bloemfontein is the birthplace of J.R.R Tolkien and home of the Supreme court of Appeal in South Africa.

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Society

Step into this city, and you’ll sense the relaxed vibe. The atmosphere is astonishingly peaceful, and amongst the clean pavements, you’ll find the following characteristics dominating the city -

Family values
Quality of life

And since living costs here are some of the cheapest in the country, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time!

What do people do here?

The population of this city is primarily involved in the Government Sector. And some of the largest retail brands in the country have their headquarters placed here.

It’d seem that most of the population has a lot of fun. With there being several sports being played like football, rugby, cricket, go-kart racing, rock climbing, metallic silhouette shooting, and gliding!

Climate

The city is elevated at a reasonably high 1,400 meters. It’s warmest January where the average temperature is 22.7 °C. And it’s coldest in July where the temperature averages 8.3 °C.

Population and Languages

Population

The city has a population of fewer than 300,000 people. And the population is divided up like so -

Black: 56.1%
Coloured: 12.8%
Indian/Asian: 0.8%
White: 29.8%
Other: 0.5%

Languages

Like any other city in South Africa, this city has a mix of various languages. It boasts English speakers, Afrikaans speakers, Sotho speakers, Xhosa speakers and speakers of other tongues. You can see how much each language is spoken below

Afrikaans: 42:5%
Sotho: 33.4%
English: 7.5%
Xhosa: 7.1%
Others: 9.5%

Unique attractions of the city

1. Cheetah Experience

This non-profit sanctuary offers you a chance to become one with the prettiest felines on the planet. Cuddle with baby cheetahs, venture off into the wild and take a stroll while gaping at the fantastic array of lions, leopards, and wolves. Ready to be photographed.

2. Free state National Botanical Garden

Step into the indigenous forest. And breathe the air of grasslands, forest, Karee trees, and 400 different plants at the same time.
This 70-hectare garden features its own adventurous wilderness trails and unique wildlife.

3. Anglo Boer War museum

This museum shows the history of the Anglo Boer War from the Boer’s perspective. If you’re a history fan, you’ll get a full-blown taste of the war and life in the prison camps. The museum features a series of art, artefacts, exhibits and audio-visual collections.

4. Naval Hill and the Franklin Nature Reserve

Want a sweeping view of Bloemfontein? Come here.

Not only is Naval Hill famous for its view, but the area also has extensive wildlife. Visit the Franklin Nature reserve to take a look at zebras, eland, giraffes, springbok and a number of bird species.

If you’re done with the list above, check out these other places too!

Bagamoya Wildlife Estate
Oliewenhuis Art Gallery
The National Museum
Loch Logan Waterfront and the Free State Stadium
Fourth Raadsaal
Langenhovenpark Boeremark (Farmers Market)

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