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About Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is a scenic destination in South Africa. It is home to over 256,000 inhabitants and is famously known as the City of Roses, due to its rose bush-lined streets. Bloemfontein offers you exciting opportunities for amazing safaris. This destination’s top attractions include the Free State National Botanical Garden, Anglo Boer War Museum, and Naval Hill.

Seize the chance to explore the beautiful capital of the Free State province, because cheap flights to Bloemfontein are available for a limited time! Bloemfontein is the home of Bram Fischer International Airport (BFN), also known as Bloemfontein Airport, which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre. Bram Fischer International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including CemAir, Mango, and South African Airways. Direct flights are available from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 1 hour.

Why visit Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein Monuments

History

Unwrap this destination’s earliest memories with its art galleries, Boer War monuments, indigenous villages, and even a museum that’s all about rugby!

Lion's Ear Botanical Gardens Bloemfontein

Sightseeing

Nature lovers are in for a treat, with various natural attractions, including the Free State National Botanical Gardens, a luscious setting that includes a 200-year-old olive tree, 32 mammal species, 54 reptiles, and 140 bird species.

Bloemfontein Vulture Club

Arts & Culture

Discover the rich creativity that Bloemfontein offers, with displays of the locals’ exceptional skills in poetry, music, storytelling, and comedy, at venues such as Vulture Club and PACOFS.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Africa
Currency South African Rand
Exchange Rate N/A
Language Sesotho / isiZulu / Setswana / Afrikaans / English
Hub Airport Bram Fischer International Airport (BFN)
Airline South African Airways
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type D / M / N

Best time to visit Bloemfontein

For a comfortable holiday experience, visit Bloemfontein during the spring (September-October) and autumn seasons (April – May). The temperatures during these times range from the mid to high 20s, with moderate to cool conditions in the evenings. Travelling to the Free State capital during this period will spare you the combination of the high temperatures and extreme humidity of the summer (November – March).

Weather & Climate in Bloemfontein

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 15°C 15°C 12°C 8°C 3°C -1°C -1°C 1°C 6°C 9°C 12°C 14°C
High °C 31°C 29°C 27°C 24°C 21°C 17°C 18°C 20°C 26°C 28°C 28°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 130 70 50 10 20 10 30 40 50 60 50

Overview

Enjoy the charming experience that the capital of the Free State province offers. With its historic architecture and luscious green spaces, you will leave the gorgeous Bloemfontein with the longing to visit again and again.

Bloemfontein’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, which translates to “place of cheetahs”. That should come as no surprise as you can discover this big cat, as well as tigers, panthers, antelopes, hippos, and more, at the various locations, such as Bloemfontein Zoo, Cheetah Experience, and Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm.

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Free State capital, with its passion for rugby, at a museum dedicated to the sport! Discover the city’s rich artistic flair at venues such as the Sand du Plessis Theatre and Vulture Club, where you can enjoy poetry, music, stories, and comedy.

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Visa & Customs

Visitors from abroad will need to apply for a tourist visa to enter South Africa and visit Bloemfontein. This visa will be issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs (telephone: +27800607190). Check with your local consular services to find out if your country is exempt from this visa.

Health & Safety

Before leaving for South Africa, make sure to get all the routine vaccinations. You may also require vaccines for hepatitis A and typhoid, both transmittable through contaminated food and water. Other diseases to guard against include:

• Hepatitis B (transmittable through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products) • Rabies (transmittable through the bites of infected mammals)

Bloemfontein enjoys a high level of safety, especially around the shopping malls, which are patrolled with 24-hour security. It will serve you best to remain vigilant at all times. Areas to avoid include the train station and the townships.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG BLOEMFONTEIN
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 20.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 36.00

Where to stay?

You will have a choice of accommodation options in Bloemfontein that includes budget, midrange, and high-end. Many of these establishments offer secure parking, breakfast, air conditioning, and satellite television. The budget options are under R 500, the midrange from R 500 to R 1,000, and the high-end establishments are over R 1,000 a night.

Get Around

The best way to explore Bloemfontein is by car. A number of car rental agencies are available at the Bram Fischer International Airport.

Main attractions in Bloemfontein

National Museum of Bloemfontein

National Museum of Bloemfontein

Free State Botanical Gardens

Free State Botanical Gardens

National Women’s Monument

National Women’s Monument

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