The Bloemfontein “City of Flowers” is one of the most important tourist cities in Africa. It was called this title for its richness in flowers and the annual festivals held in it because it contains the most beautiful and rare flowers.
Bloemfontein is the country’s judicial capital and is characterized by its mild climate due to its privileged location at an altitude of 1,395 meters above sea level.
The city of Bloemfontein offers its visitors a variety of natural attractions represented in the most beautiful gardens and parks, as well as cultural attractions from ancient galleries and museums, making it one of the most important tourism cities in South Africa.
- Three most important landmarks in the city of Bloemfontein:
1- Free State National Botanical Garden
It extends over an area of 70 hectares in a gentle valley full of rocky outcrops. The park gives its visitors a wonderful opportunity to relax amidst the beautiful landscapes, magnificent green meadows, forests, and streams.
The Free State Botanical Garden is home to more than 124 species of birds, 54 reptiles, and 50 species of mammals. They organize moonlight walks and sunset parties during the summer, and the garden also offers a shoe store and a restaurant.
2- Oliewenhuis Art Museum
It is unique in the country, as its building was a palace and seat of government in the past. Its construction was completed in 1942. Then it was transformed into an art museum in 1989.
The museum includes a wonderful collection of ancient and contemporary paintings and sculptures, many statues of the most famous figures in the history of South Africa, and many legendary works that blend the history of Africa and Europe, and in front of the museum is one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.
3- Anglo Boer War Museum
By visiting this museum, one of the most prominent tourist places in South Africa, you will learn about the history of the bitter Boer War, also known as the South African War. The battles and conflicts in that war spanned from 1899 to 1902, and you will learn about everything that took place during that period in detail as you wander inside the museum.
The museum includes a monument to women in memory of the thousands of women and children killed during that war and the most important belongings, weapons, and art exhibits depicting that period.