Places of Interest

This brochure was compiled by the MANGAUNG TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE,

Tourism Center

60 Park Road

Willows

Bloemfontein

Tel: 051-4058489/90

Fax: 051-4473859

E-mail: information@bloemfontein.co.za

Visit the TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE for information regarding tourist attractions,

maps, accommodation, transport, restaurants and general information

You will find us at the Tourist Center or you can write to us at:

P O Box 639

BLOEMFONTEIN

9300

AFRIKAANS LITERATURE MUSEUM

Location:      c/o Pres. Brand & Elizabeth

Address:        Priv. Bag x20543, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 16:00

Tel:                 051-4055 313

Tours:            Educational tours, projects, talks, activities for groups

Entrance:      Free

E-mail:           annelien.naln@sacr.fs.gov.za

Facebook:     vriendevannaln

ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL

Location:      St George Street.

Hours:            By appointment only

Tel:                 051-4483010

E-mail:           info@bloemcathedral.co.za

BLOEMFONTEIN CROCODILE FARM

Location:

Hours:                            CLOSED

Feeding times:

Tel:

Entrance:

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Location:      Entrance from Rayton Road

Address:        P O Box 29036, Danhof,

Hours:            Mon-Sun:  08:00-17:00

Tel:                 051-4363530

Entrance:      Adults    R 15, 00

Children:               R 12, 00

E-mail:           fsnbg@sanbi.org.za

BOYDEN OBSERVATORY

Location:      Next to Maselspoort

Hours:            Bookings

Tel:                 083 625 7154

Entrance:

E-mail:           ficky@ufs.ac.za

BRAM FISCHER BUILDING

Currently forms the administrative center of the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Location:      c/o Markgraaff & Nelson Mandela  Drive

Hours:            07:45 – 16:15

Tel:                 051-4058911

Web:              www.mangaung.co.za

CR SWART BUILDING

This building comprises interalia the Provincial administration

and the head office of PACOFS.

Location:      c/o Markgraaff / Elizabeth Street

Hours:            Office Hours

Tel:                 051-4477771

CHEETAH EXPERIENCE

Location:      Kimberly Rd, Tempe 1 Maluti Ave

Hours:            Tues – Sun:

11 am, 12 pm. 2 pm, 3 pm

Tel:                 072 905 3457

Entrance:      R 100 adults and R 50 children

Web:              www.cheetahexperience.com

E-mail:           info@cheetahexperience.com

CITY HALL

Location:      c/o Pres. Brand & Charles

Address:        P O Box 3704, Bloemfontein,

Hours: Mon – Fri 08:00-14:15

Tel:                 051-4058911

Web:              www.mangaung.co.za

CLEANSING, HEALING AND REPARATION MEMORIAL

Location: City Hall, Nelson Mandela Drive

CYCLE THROUGH THE CITY

Tour packages for tourists who would love to tour the city on bicycles, equipment provided.

Contact:

Tshepang:     081 0505 488

Desiree:          076 476 2316

DIGARETENENG HOUSES

A row of 12 houses on each side of the opposite streets which were built in

1952 to coincide with the visit of King George V’s visit to Bloemfontein

in order to conceal the squatter settlements in the area.

Location:  Bochabela

FIRE BRIGADE MUSEUM

Location:      Ehrlich Park Fire Station

Hours:            By appointment

Tel:                 051-4058730

Web:              www.mangaungfire.co.za

E-mail:           braam.vanzyl@mangaung.co.za

FIRST RAADSAAL

Location:      St. George Street

Address:        P O Box 266, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:  10:00 – 13:00

Sat & Sun: 14:00 – 17:00

Tel:                 051-4479610

Entrance:      Free

Web:              www.nasmus.co.za

E-mail:       history@nasmus.co.za

FOURTH RAADSAAL

Parliament House / Legislator

Location:      c/o Pres. Brand Street & Charles Streets

Address:        Private Bag X50005, BFN

Hours:            By appointment only

Application letter to: Director – Public Participation with contact details.

Tel:                 051-4071115

Fax:               051-4483340

E-mail:           jongin@fsl.gov.za

FRANKLIN GAME RESERVE &

NELSON MANDELA STATUE

Location:      On Naval Hill

Hours:            08:00 – 17:00

Tel:                 051-4127016

Entrance:      Free

FREE STATE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

Location:         Glen

Address:          Gielie Joubert Street

Hours:             Mo-Fri:   08:00-15:30

Saturdays & Sundays Closed

Tel:               051-8611182

FREE STATE YOUTH MARTYR’S MONUMENT

Monument to commemorate young people who lost their lives

in the struggle against apartheid.

Location:         Nyokong Street, Bochabela

FRESHFORD HOUSE MUSEUM          

Location:      31 Kellner Street

Address:        P O Box 266, Bloemfontein,

Hours:            Mon-Fri:   10:00-13:00

Sat & Sun: Closed

Tel:                 051-4479609

Entrance:      Adults:  R 10. 00 Child: R 5.00

E-mail:           mimi@nasmus.co.za

GHOST TOURS

Tel:                  082 944 5229

Stephan Verwey

Tel:                  073 378 3733

Dirk van Wyk

Tel:                  Peter Maloro

051-4475478 / 078 609 1671

Times:             Fri & Sat night

GWEN BALI WATER WORLD

Location:         Bultfontein Rd 4 km from Ultra City

Hours:             Summer months

Tel:                  082 820 6819

082 821 9555

HEROES ACRE

Cemetery in Phahameng where the ANC stalwarts are buried.

HIGH COURT

Location:      c/o Pres. Brand & Fontein

Address:        Priv. B x20612, Bloemfontein, 9300

Hours:            By appointment only

Tel:                 051-4478837

Entrance:      Free

HOFFMAN SQUARE

CBD, between St. Andrew & Maitland Street.

MAPHIKELA HOUSE

Location:        Batho

Street:             Morakile

MARKETS

Farmers Market, Langenhovenpark

Tel:                 084 919 1676

Hours:            Every Sat Morning

Musgrave Market, Windmill Casino

Hours:            Every Friday night

Tel:                 083 375 6894

Volksblad, Botanical Gardens

Tel:                 051-4047600

Hours:            Last Sat of month

09:00 – 15:00

MASELSPOORT RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Location:         Along N8, 25 km from Bloemfontein

Hours:             07:00 – 18:00

Tel:                  051-4417848

Entrance:         R 20.00 p.p. (winter),

R 30/40 p.p. (summer)

E-mail:             gmmaselspoort@lantic.net

Web:                www.maselspoort.co.za

MODENSO PARK – Model train rides

Bloemfontein Society of Model Engineers

Location:         Rhyn Avenue, Bayswater

Hours:             Sundays 14:00 – 17:00

Tel:                  Monica – 072 596 3659

Rides:              R 5.00 per ride

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Location:      c/o Aliwal & Charles Streets

Address:        P O Box 266, Bloemfontein, Hours: Mon-Fri:  08:00-17:00

Sat:           10:00-17:00

Sun:          12:00-17:30

Tel:            051-4479609

Entrance:      Adults:  R 5, 00

Children:  R 3, 00

Web:            www.nasmus.co.za

E-mail:       ornito@nasmus.co.za

NATIONAL WOMEN’S MEMORIAL & WAR MUSEUM

Location:      Monument Road

Address:        P O Box 704, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:  08:30 – 16:30

Saturday:   10:00 – 17:00

Sunday:      14:00 – 17:00

Tel:                 051-4473447

Entrance:      A: R 10, 00; Ch:  R 5, 00

E-mail:           museum@anglo-boer.co.za

Web:              www.anglo-boer.co.za

NELSON MANDELA STATUE

Location:      Entrance from Union Avenue

Tel:                 051-4127016

Hours:            08:00-17:00

E-mail:           rhulani.shibambu@mangaung.co.za

NAVAL HILL & FRANKLIN GAME RESERVE.

Location:      Entrance from Union Avenue

Tel:                 051-4127016

Hours:            08:00-17:00

E-mail:           rhulani.shibambu@mangaung.co.za

OLD PRESIDENCY

Location:      c/o Pres Brand & St George

Address:        Priv. Bag X20543, Bloemfontein, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 15:30

Tel:                 051-4480949

Entrance:      Free

E-mail:           maloro@sac.fs.gov.za

OLIEWENHUIS ART MUSEUM

Location:      Harry Smith Street

Address:        P O Box 266, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:   08:00 – 17:00

Saturdays:      09:00 – 16:00

Sundays:         09:00 – 16:00

Tel:                 051-0110525

Entrance:      Free – Enjoy the tea garden!!

E-mail:           oliewen@nasmus.co.za

Web:              www.nasmus.co.za

ORCHID HOUSE

Location:      Union Avenue

Hours:            Mon-Fri:   10:00-16:00

Sat & Sun:   10:00-17:00

Tel:                 051-4127000

Entrance:      Free

E-mail:           rhulani.shibambu@mangaung.co.za

PARKRUN – NAVAL HILL

Location:         Naval hill

Registration:    www.parkrun.co.za

Hours:             Saturdays:  07:00

PHILIP SANDERS RESORT

Location:      Mockes Dam

Tel:                 051-4414013/5

079 867 0150

E-mail:           gm@philipsandersresort.co.za

PLANETARIUM

Location:      Naval Hill

Hours:         Bookings

Tel:               083 625 7154

051-4019751

Entrance:

E-mail:   ficky@ufs.ac.za

PRESIDENT BRAND STREET CONSERVATION AREA

The following buildings form part of the historical street:

First Raadsaal

Old Presidency

Magistrate’s Court

Supreme Court

Fire Brigade Building

Old Government Building (Literature Museum)

Jubileum Building

Waldorf Building

Appeal Court

Fourth Raadsaal

City Hall

PRESIDENT BRAND CEMETERY & PRESIDENTS’ ACRE

Location:      c/o President & Church Street

Hours:            Daily:  08:00 – 17:00

Entrance:      Free

PUBLIC LIBRARY

Temporarily closed for renovations

Location:      c/o West Burger & Charles

Address:        P O Box 1029, BFN

Hours:            Mon – Fri:    10:00 – 17:00

Sat:                 08:30 – 12:00

Tel:                 051-4058244

E-mail:           doret.dutoit@mangaung.co.za

PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL

Location:      Park Road

Hours:            October – March

Tel:                 051-4066309

QUEEN’S FORT MILITARY MUSEUM

Location:      Church Street

Address:        Priv. Bag X 20599, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Mon – Fri:  07:30 – 15:00

Entrance:      Free

Tel:                 051-4475478

E-mail:          nkoe@sac.fs.gov.za

RUGBY MUSEUM – CHOET VISSER

Location:      3 Innes Avenue Waverley

Hours:            By appointment only

Tel:                 0824921600

Entrance:      R 10.00 adults

Kids free

E-mail:           nico@bigfivegame.co.za

S A ARMOUR MUSEUM

Location:      Tempe Military Base

Hours:          Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 16:00

Tel:                051-4021700/

083 366 0367

E-mail:      armourschool@mweb.co.za

SAND DU PLESSIS THEATRE

Location:      c/o Markgraaff & St. Andrew

Address:        P O Box 1292, Bloemfontein, 9300

Hours:            By appointment for a tour

Tickets for performances as advertised.

Tel:                 051-4477771

Web:              www.pacofs.co.za

SESOTHO LITERARY MUSEUM

Location:      c/o Pres Brand & Maitland Street

Address:        Private Bag x20543, Bloemfontein

Hours:            Hours:    Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 16:00

Tel:                 051-4054242/4301

Entrance:      Free

E-mail:           malintjam@sac.fs.gov.za

SILVER CITY / DARK CITY

Formerly known as Hostel 2, which depicts the living conditions of migratory

labourers in the previous political dispensation.

SOETDORING NATURE RESERVE

Location:      40 km from Bloemfontein along the R 700.

Hours:            07:00 – 17:30

Tel:                 051-4339002

Entrance:      R 50, 00 per vehicle, max 5 persons.

E-mail:           constances@detea.fs.gov.za

SPIRIT OF LAVENDER

Enjoy a complete lavender experience!

Location:   Somerton Estate

Eeufees Road towards N1

Hours:            By arrangement only

Tel:                 082 444 6130

SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL

Location:      c/o Pres. Brand & Elizabeth  Entrance in Elizabeth Street.

Address:        P O Box 258, Bloemfontein, Hours:  Visits by appointment only.

Tel:                 051-4127400

Entrance:      Free

E-mail:           PaMyburgh@justice.gov.za

THEATRES

Scaena Theatre, UFS

Odeion, UFS

Wynand Mouton Theatre, UFS

Sand du Plessis Theatre

André Huguenet Theatre

TOLKIEN TRAIL

The world famous writer, JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein.

TWIN SPIRED CHURCH

Location:      Charles Street

Hours:            By appointment only

Tel:                 051-4304274

UNIT MUSEUM: SPECIAL SERVICE BATTALION

Location:      Tempe Military Base

Hours:            Mon – Fri 08:00 – 16:00

Tel:                 051-4021400

Fax:                051-402 1393

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE

A City within a city. / Pres. Steyn Statue

Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery

Location:      Nelson Mandela Drive, Brandwag

Tel:                 051-4019111

Web:              www.uofs.ac.za

WESLEYAN CHURCH

For various reasons the precise founding venue of the ANC in Bloemfontein

remained unknown for a long time. The Wesleyan Church’s School in Waaihoek

seems to be the founding venue of the ANC in 1912. Location: Fort Street, Waaihoek

WHITE HORSE

Location:      Can be seen from Andries  Pretorius Str. against the  slopes of Naval Hill.

WINDMILL CASINO & LODGE

Casino & Entertainment Centre

Location:      N1 / Jagersfontein Rd

Tel:                 051-4102000

ZOO & KING’S PARK

Canadian &Scottish Memorials

Location:      King’s Way

Address:        P O Box 3704, BFN, 9300

Hours:            Summer: Daily: 08:00 – 18:00

Winter:   Daily: 08:00 – 17:00

Tel:                 051-4058880

Entrance:      Adults: R 45.00

Children: R 20.00

E-mail:           Lawrence.letshokgohla@mangaung.co.za

BOTSHABELO

BOTSHABELO INDUSTRIAL AREA

LANDMAN FARM

Well known farm for sheep shearing competitions.

ONVERWACHT FARM HOUSE

These are the remains of the farm house which was part of the farm

Onverwacht which later became known as Botshabelo.

Mr. Chaka

Cell: 072 247 6161/083 294 6701

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Memorabilia of people’s defiance campaigns in Botshabelo. Used for political meetings.

Location:    E Section

RUSTFONTEIN DAM NATURE RESERVE

Location:      Rustfontein Dam along N8, 50km from Bloemfontein

Hours:            Office open from 07:30 – 16:00

Tel:                 051-5282926

Entrance:      R 50.00 per vehicle (5 persons)

Activities:      Fishing, picnic, boating

Fishing licenses available @ R 30 per annum

SECTION E (FORMERLY SECTION A)

The place where the people from Kromdraai and other surrounding

villages initially settled in Botshabelo.

THABA NCHU

CHIEF’S KGOTLA YA BAROLONG

Kraal used by the Barolong chiefs to settle civil disputes from the Tswana communities.

DR MOROKA’S GRAVE

Situated in the Maria Moroka Nature Reserve

MMABANA CULTURAL CENTRE

Works of art exhibited and sold by local artists

Location:     103 Market Sq, Thaba Nchu

Tel:                051-875 1640

Fax:               051-875 1010

Fax:                 mmabana@sacr.gov.za

KGOPISO HOUSE

This imposing monument in Ratlou Village, opposite Moroka Hospital, belonged to Dr J S Moroka.

Ms.M.E Sehume

Tel:051-875 2509

Cell: 072 3874 903

MARIA MOROKA GAME RESERVE

Location:      85 km from Bloemfontein close to the Black Mountain Leisure & Conference Hotel.

Address:

Hours:            By appointment

Tel:                 051-8732427 / 083 77 04 400

NALEDI SUN HOTEL & CASINO

Location:      3 Bridge Street, Thaba Nchu

Tel:                 051-875 1060

OLD MOROKA HOSPITAL BUILDING

The land on which the hospital was built, was donated by Dr Moroka and WZ Fenyang

ST PAUL’S METHODIST CHURCH

One of the oldest mission stations in the Free State.

BAROLONG HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS

Location:  Mokoena Section

Ms.M.E. Sehume

Tel: 051- 875 2509

Cell: 072 3874 903