The great thing about Bloemfontein is it’s small, friendly feel which makes it one of South Africa’s most relaxed and welcoming cities.

It’s perfect for passing through and experiencing on a Lions Tour during your journey across South Africa. You can combine nature with the ‘Cheetah Experience’ or understand more about the Anglo-Boer War at the world’s only dedicated museum to the conflicts between 1899 and 1902.

And with botanical gardens, restaurants and bars there is enough for every fan to soak up and enjoy.

National Museum Bloemfontein

Dive into the history of Bloemfontein as you explore the many exhibits that the National Museum has to offer. This museum has a range of exhibits that will excite the whole family including life size fibreglass elephants and a complete dinosaur skeleton. The palaeontology and archaeology section is very popular as it is home to an impressive selection of fossils.

Naval Hill

Naval Hill is the only hill in Bloemfontein. It was once the home to British Naval Guns during the Anglo-Boer War but is now a beautiful place to walk and see the excellent panoramic views of the city below. The views are not the only cool thing about this place, at the top of the hill stands an eight-metre tall statue of Nelson Mandela and there’s an awesome planetarium if you fancy an ‘out of this world’ tour!

Franklin Nature Reserve

Bloemfontein is one of only a few cities lucky enough to have a nature reserve located so close to the city centre. The Franklin Reserve allows you to get close to nature just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you can enjoy a stroll around the park that’s home to many giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

Free State National Botanical Garden

The National Botanical Garden boast over 400 species of plants most of which are indigenous to the Northern Cape. This beautifully landscaped, colourful garden is popular all year round and is perfect for a serene walk surrounded by wildlife. Over 230 different species of birds, reptiles and mammals call the 70-hectare garden home.

SA Armour Museum

This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the South African Armoured Corps (SAAC). If you are interested in military history and fancy checking out tanks, other combat vehicles and a vehicle hangar, this museum is a must visit whilst staying in Bloemfontein. And why not pick yourself up a little souvenir from the on site shop, the Gun Barrel.