Discover the best top things to do in Free State, South Africa including Anglo Boer War Museum, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Clarens Brewery, Free State National Botanical Garden, Bagamoya Wildlife Estate, Amphitheatre, The National Museum, Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, Naval Hill.
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4.5 based on 152 reviews
One of the most significant events in the history of South Africa was the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Although the protagonists were Britain and the two Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, the population of South Africa as a whole became embroiled in the war either directly or indirectly. The War Museum in Bloemfontein provides an understanding of the background against which the Anglo-Boer War took place through its unique art collection, dioramas and Exhibitions. The course and development of the war unfolds in front of your eyes as you progress through the museum. You are also afforded a glimpse into the life and suffering endured in the concentration and prisoner-of-war camps. We are immensely proud of this historical landmark in South Africa, and urge everyone who wants to understand this part of South African history, to pay us a visit.
Situated in Mangaung / Bloemfontein Monument Road, General De Wit. The museum is dedicated to the South African war that took place in 1899 to 1902 it was called Anglo Boer War because the writers of history deliberately ignored the participation on blacks in both British and Afrikaans Camps and perished together. Black women and children died in the concentration camps. The history of this was is being retraced and rewritten and depicted in this museum.
It's a must visit by local South Africans tourist, foreign tourist, students and children. The museum is spacious lots of parking, with proper bookings on 051-4473447 you'll have a good experience. The team here is very dedicated to their work.
There is a coffee shop and restaurant plan a day or half day out for this exposition and its life changing
4.5 based on 292 reviews
We visited this place to do one of the many hikes. The park is well kept and is quite big. We drove through all the loops and saw some blesbok and wildebeest. There is also a vulture feeding spot at the top end where you can also see the Drakensberg Mountains.
Would definitely go back here!
4.5 based on 185 reviews
Even as a not very enthusiastic visitor of museum/art galleries, this is one of the museum I really liked. What a beautiful place with some really beautiful pieces of art, we really enjoyed the art. And the location itself is also beautiful to just relax and sit in the garden with a great view
4.5 based on 300 reviews
Girls weekend away. We stopped in at the brewery for a quick bite. We ordered two platters to share between the five of us. The meat platter and the cheese platter arrived with breads and pickles. What an absolute treat! The atmosphere was fantastic as well as their ciders. The brewery is an institution in Clarens and is an absolute must!
4.5 based on 92 reviews
This carefully landscaped and colorful garden, with paved walkways, nature talks and moonlight walks, is popular year round.
I foolishly glanced at google earth then set off from Die Restpluk and headed in the general direction of the Gardens believing they would be well tourist signposted. Wrong!
We finally found this place after driving around for over two hours. Use a map or a satnav because signposts are not overly evident. However, once we arrived, what a pleasure, ticket prices reasonable and really worth an all day visit. Bring snacks etc because there are numerous stunning spots to outspan and enjoy these beautiful Gardens.
I loved the British dam built to water the horses during the Anglo-Boer war. It is now a centre for wildlife and offers a beautiful tranquil spot with lovely walks around and about. It is an example that good things in the present can have terrible origins in the past.
4.5 based on 114 reviews
Bagamoya Wildlife Estate is a lion sanctuary farm, ideally situated about 25km from the Bloemfontein International Airport and 35km from the centre of the City of Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa. A beautiful getaway place, where you get the chance to move around in the African bush, and see the African wildlife in a way that will leave you captivated. There are currently over 27 lions at Bagamoya and you can have the opportunity to interact with some them. You will get extremely close to lions and tigers, you will never forget this amazing moment! Interactions are possible on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 6pm, also during the week on reservation. Bagamoya offers all the necessary facilities to give you a relaxed and comfortable stay: the Lioness Restaurant with children's play area and swimming pool, a Mini-Zoo with animals from all over the world, self-catering Chalets and outdoor activities. The Estate is also the perfect venue for functions of any kinds (weddings, birthdays parties, kids parties, conferences, corporate functions, and more).
A MUST DO when in Bloemfontein surroundings!
- Visit Sunday @ midday as the Lions / tigers are fed then and a little talk from the "lion whisperer" is great! They also get fed on Wednesdays
- Burgers are great
- Entrance fee: R50 adults (think it was R20 kids)
- Jungle gym and lots of entertainment for kids
- about 3km on your way there is on dirt road but quite graded, accessible with a sedan
5 based on 28 reviews
The views are unmatched. This is without doubt an absolute must-do. What a shame that so few South Africans see this wonderful place. Various websites say allow for 4 hours up and 4 hours down, which is a good conservative estimate. If you are a reasonably active person, you will do it in less. Having done it in winter, I would definitely like to do it again in the summer.
4.5 based on 60 reviews
Excavated fossils are among the many fascinating items at this natural history museum.
The place is well managed and have a lot of surprising features, eg you can try for yourself to pick up an asteroid (remains of a shooting star) that fell in the area; the dinosaur -, space- and Bloemfontein town development exhibitians are also done extremingly well! Vibrant and fresh presentation,,,thanks!! :-)
4.5 based on 63 reviews
It was first quiet disturbing to hear the stories behind all the Big Cats at this Sanctuary. Tears were not easily kept back...The Lodge, the staff..the views...it was great. I will definitely go back. Also knowing that everything that you spend goes towards the Sanctuary makes it even better.
3.5 based on 193 reviews
Drove up to Naval Hill with colleagues just before our meeting. Great view on the city and the different neighbourhoods. Walked around in the fields close to giraffes, zebra, antelopes. Saw Mandela's statue. A haven in the middle of the city!
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