Greyhound goes to Bloemfontein – 5 popular tourist attractions
Embark on your Bloemfontein Journey with Greyhound!
There is a joke that goes along the lines of “Bloemfontein is so flat, you’ll be able to see your dog running for 5 days,” and if we are going on first appearances, this appears to be true.
Jokes aside though, Bloemfontein is South Africa’s 7th biggest city and the judicial capital of the nation. A bustling city stacked with history and wonder, Bloemfontein offers a variety of educational and fun activities for visitors and residents alike and best of all, you can travel to Bloemfontein with Greyhound!
So, sit back, relax and take a look at 5 activities to make your Bloemfontein experience a lekker one!
1. National Museum Bloemfontein
Founded in 1877, the National Museum is a natural history, cultural history and art museum comprised of exhibits aimed at those who have an interest in: African cultures, archaeology, birds, geology, herpetology, invertebrates, mammals, palaeontology or astronomy. From permanent exhibitions to temporary exhibitions, the National Museum aims to be the best heritage centre in all of Africa. So take a trip back through time and spend the day exploring all the wonders this museum has to offer!
2. Naval Hill
Located in the heart of the city atop a hill lies the Franklin Game Reserve. Not just any hill…the hill… Naval Hill. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Bloemfontein, Naval Hill earned its name from the two naval guns that were on the hill by the British during the South African War and offers a historical tale to tell, an 8m statue of the late Nelson Mandela (the biggest statue of him in the world) and breathtaking panoramic views of the town.
3. The Naval Hill Planetarium at the Centre for Earth and Space
Now that we have you acquainted with Bloemfontein’s famous Naval Hill, why not take a trip to the first digital planetarium in Sub Saharan Africa The Naval Hill Planetarium at the Centre for Earth and Space. See the stars, learn their stories and find yourself immersed in galaxies far away. It’s an out of this world experience for the whole family to enjoy!
4. The Cheetah Experience
Take a walk on the wild side with our next recommendation, The Cheetah Experience. While currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, we simply could not leave this incredible place to visit in Bloemfontein off our list! This non-profit organization is home to a number of endangered and life threatened species namely; cheetahs, leopards, non-breeding male lions, servals, caracals, African wildcats, wolves, meerkats and a Siberian tiger! The Cheetah experience offers educational tours in a plight to teach visitors about conservation efforts as well as offering an incredible opportunity to see these animals up close and snap some amazing pictures. Fun fact, Bloemfontein’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs”
5. Oliewenhuis Art Museum
This one is for art lovers! Have an art experience at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum! Situated in a stunning neo-Cape Dutch building surrounded by one of the most magnificent gardens, spend the day looking at some of South Africa’s finest non-contemporary and contemporary art pieces from Pierneef to Kentridge. The installations are bound to wet your appetite so take a break and have some lunch at the restaurant and make a day of it!
So there you have 5 reasons to visit Bloemfontein but you only need 1 reason to use Greyhound to get there! We’re the People’s Choice! Pick a route and let us take you somewhere special!
Our Greyhound Bloemfontein Office is located at the Tourism Centre 60 Park Rd, Willows, Bloemfontein, 9301.
Book your Greyhound bus ticket to Bloemfontein online now at www.greyhound.co.za or alternatively call our 24hrs Customer Care/Reservations on 011 611 8000 | 0873520352. You can also book at any of our trusted ticketing partners: Checkers, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Makro, Game, Builders or Computicket!