Things to do in Bloemfontein

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Things to Do in Bloemfontein

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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 233 contributions
    Before you go you should realize that this is a museum about war, not about peace. The war was waged by two relatively small Boer republics against the most powerful nation in the world at the time Britain. It started as a white men's war and was triggered by control over newly discovered diamond and goldmines in Transvaal (Kimberley and Jo'burg area). Eventually the Boer republics lost and colonial power Britain prevailed.

    The war effort is very well documented, not just with information in writing, but also with photos, paintings, maquettes and real size replicas of for instance tents and people. The scorched earth tactics by the British army: setting fire to the Boer farms and displacing their women, children and workers and confining them to concentration camps where tens of thousands of them died, caused in an international outcry, but it also proved an effective strategy to force the Boer commanders and militants on their knees. the British victory proved to be a Pyrrhic victory as their losses were significant as well. Moreover, the British had to find a way to bring the different population groups together to sustain development of their colonies.

    I left the museum with ambiguous feelings. On the one hand admiration for the toughness and courage of the Boers, while at the same time considering the hopelessness of their situation already from the beginning of the war in 1899.

    The museum is on a well-guarded compound with many other exhibits and memorials. It is located 3.3 km south of the center of Bloemfontein.

    Bring your passport or identity card as without it you can not enter the premises.
    Entrance fee to the museum is 20 Rand.

    It is allowed to take photos.
    Written 2 January 2022
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  • davestly
    Ashford, UK580 contributions
    I had just a few spare hours before my flight. So I spent an hour or so walking around here. Pleasant enough and maintained well. I enjoyed my visit.
    Written 22 March 2020
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 233 contributions
    So called because of British naval guns that were there during the Anglo-Boer war.

    The lookout point with Madela statue is part of the Franklin game reserve. The area is fenced and guarded. Some wild life can be observed in the early mornings.

    Most people come and go by car. I walked from the city center (3km, elevation difference 100m). At the gate there is a trail that goes up to the viewpoint. Parts of it are in bad shape, but still walking up is doable. It saves you a lot of time, as the tarmac road takes a longe curve before leading upwards.

    I was more impressed by the 8m high bronze statue of Mandela than by the view.
    Written 29 December 2021
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  • Scott
    San Francisco, CA4 944 contributions
    Museum is definitely one of the best sites in bloemfontein. in one short visit I learnt more about the geology in history of this region than I would have ever imagined. their explanations of the karoo supergroup were better than anything I've found online.

    Fossil exhibit was excellent.

    The historical Street scene created on the second Deck is so authentic you forget your in a museum.

    The tool development display from stone age to steel is about the best I've ever seen.

    And the price could not be lower.

    Only problem the audio guide devices were all dead. No one charged the batteries.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 233 contributions
    As a shopping center it is perhaps quite average. Plenty of stores where upmarket items are available. Prices for imported good are high. I bought a pair of Nike shoes that were about 20 to 30% more expensive than in my home country, the Netherlands. Anyway, I was already happy I could get them.

    From an architectural point of view, the complex blends in rather poorly with the environment. The nearby park with lake is dwarfed by the enormity of the structure. The carpark section on the city side looks awful. Access for people arriving by other means than a car is uninviting. As a pedestrian walking from the city center, it took me quite some time to find an entrance.

    On the upper floor are ATMs of major banks in a safe area.
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • ramathibeles48
    Bloemfontein, South Africa2 contributions
    It's refreshing early in the morning to walk in the garden while enjoying the morning breeze. View the man-made historical telling arts
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • Michelle C
    5 contributions
    If you go to Bloemfontein this is one place you do not want to miss. Support these guys and if you can donate funds to them, because they are doing great work with these beautiful animals. It is amazing what costs are involved so if you know anyone wanting to support a great cause, Botha and Sharline Barnard need all our help. My afternoon spent there( after a very tough trip for family reasons ) was a great distraction and their kindness and hospitality was incredible.
    Written 30 December 2019
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  • CareneMouton
    Johannesburg, South Africa141 contributions
    We drove into the scenic Naval Hill Nature Reserve on a whim. Fortunately, the friendly guard at the gate informed us that we were just in time for the weekly public show at the planetarium. The show was well-presented and educational, taking us on a tour through outer space and digging into the mysteries of dark matter. We were a bit put-off by the fact that the first part of the show was presented in Afrikaans only. Being Afrikaans-speaking ourselves, it wasn’t a problem for us, but it was clear that many in the audience were unable to understand and enjoy this part of the show. In the very least, subtitles should’ve been available.
    Written 21 October 2018
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  • yvonne v
    Knysna, South Africa72 contributions
    We spent one night at Zanchieta on the way to Kruger. I am normally not a fan of enclosed lions, but all these lions have been rescued from various places and cannot be returned to the wild. When walking around the enclosures when can get extremely close to them and it was amazing to stand centimeters away from these magnificent animals. The sounds of lions roaring throughout the night was truly amazing. The females are on contraceptives because their cubs would also not be able to be free. I take my hat off to these amazing people who have given their lives to make these lions' lives as comfortable as possible.
    The camping facilities and ablutions are basic but spotlessly clean. Lots of hot water and each site has power. I would recommend experiencing this unique facility if you're looking for a campsite near Bloemfontein.
    Written 27 August 2018
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  • Estelle
    Bloemfontein, South Africa34 contributions
    What an good experience. We had great fun and laughter playing tenpin bowling. The people around us were great fun as well great team spirit. This is a definite for any relaxing. Fun, laughter, playing with friends.
    We will recommend this to anyone. After te games we went to tge Spur to have something to eat and drink. Everything close within walking distance.
    Written 20 March 2019
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  • Estelle
    Bloemfontein, South Africa34 contributions
    This is a great mall to shop around.
    I was suppose to shop for a birthday present but bought lots of other things as well.
    Good to shop but hard on the pocket.
    Love this mall everything under one roof.
    Lits of parking under roof never problem
    Written 15 January 2019
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  • Estelle
    Bloemfontein, South Africa34 contributions
    I just love to spend time at the farmer's market on Saturdays. There is so much to see, eat buy and enjoy. After the visit your feet hurts of all the walking up and down the aisle. But its all worthwhile.
    You can get everything at the market.
    Meat, fruit, vegetables, clothing, shoes, everything you can think of.
    There is even coffee shops you can sit down and enjoy something to eat and drink.
    This is so much fun and meet lots of people selling their stuff, old stuff, new stuff whatever you can think off all on one property.
    This is a definite place when looking for something or just need to relax and walk around.
    I visit the farmers market about every weekend.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • Chuma
    2 contributions
    The event is very well organised hosting top talent! I was there with a friend and we danced so much. It was incredibly fun. I still have all the pictures to prove it haha. I need to go again!
    Written 28 January 2020
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  • Willie
    6 contributions
    Whatched the Currie Cup Final on the main stand -easily accesed through the gates and online buying of tickets an overall great experience.
    Written 12 September 2019
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  • Ryno Bekker
    1 contribution
    The visit to the School of Armour Armour MUSEUM was truly a trip down memory lane for me and a exciting one for my son. Loved all the machinery that we were able to see and it brought back a whole lot of good memories. We were very well treated and welcomed into the base. SGT/MJR SIEG MARAIS took me way back. A definitive place to visit if you are into weaponry and scale modelling.
    Written 30 June 2019
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