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Bloemfontein & Surrounding Accommodation

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Bloemfontein - means "flower fountain"

Situated within 12 hours driving distance by car from anywhere in the country, the Free States' capital city of Bloemfontein is South Africa's geographical centre as well as its judicial capital. Blessed with a plentiful range of accommodation, Bloemfontein is a great place to explore.

Settled in 1840 by the Brits Family at the site of a natural spring, Bloemfontein, meaning "flower fountain", was sold in 1846 to Major Warden who established himself as British Resident in the Territory. Evicted by the Voortrekkers, he was reinstated after the British were victorious in a battle led by Sir Harry Smith. Bloemfontein was later "given back" to the Boers, the British having decided they had no further use for the settlement.

The town's architecture reflects this struggle for supremacy between the two nations. The Queen's Fort now known as Bloemfontein Fort was built by Major Warden and houses a Military Museum. The Women's War Memorial commemorates the women and children who perished in the Boer Concentration Camps during The Anglo Boer War.

Bloemfontein's water front houses a charming array of interesting shops, restaurants and cafes which will tempt and delight its visitors.

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As the name suggests - Bloemfontein (flower fountain) has a plethora of flora
East office entrance to the Bloemfontein City Hall
Beyond the city limits of Bloemfontein, you'll find plenty of space to explore
This obelisk of 36,5 metres high was built of Kroonstad sandstone in memory of the 26 370 Boer women and children who died during the Anglo Boer War(1899 -1902)
The Arthur Nathan swimming pool, built in 1905, closed in the 1990's but earmarked for restoration in 2015
Memorial statue that can be found within the Women's Memorial area, Bloemfontein
T-55 tank, South African Armour Museum, Bloemfontein
Olifant Mk1A tank at the South African Armour Museum, Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein, Free State
Die Vierde Raadsaal (The Fourth Council Hall), President Brand Street, Bloemfontein
Sheep grazing in a public park in Bloemfonteing city centre - not!
Dan Pienaar, a suburb of Bloemfontein
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