Monday, August 23, 2010

Touring Bloemfontein, South Africa in a Rental Motorhome

The city of Bloemfontein is known as the City of Roses and for good reason, the romantic blooms are everywhere here and there is also a rose festival held annually. Bloemfontein's Sesotho name is quite different, however, translating into City of Cheetahs. If you choose to tour Bloemfontein in your campervan rental you will find that the city offers a diverse selection of sights and activities to keep you entertained.

One of your first stops should be the Botanical Gardens, a no-brainer in a city known for its roses. Pause for a picnic, there are some great spots here and entrance is free. Head up to Naval Hill and the Franklin Nature Reserve to observe wildlife and take in some gorgeous panoramic views. When on Naval Hill keep your eye out for the White Horse, a landmark erected during the Angelo Boer War by the Wiltshire Remount Depot. For more nature you may want to visit the State President Swart Park (the King's Park here was opened in 1925 by the Prince of Wales) where a great art market is held on the first Saturday of every month. There is also a zoo that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

For entertainment and a taste of life in Bloemfontein head down to the Loch Logan Waterfront where you will find numerous ways to kick back as well as stadiums for sports like rugby and cricket. For great architecture check out the local court buildings, very important to the lifeblood of the city, although if it is fun and entertainment you're looking for try the Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre. Here you will find adults-only activities and fun for the whole family, everything from gambling to restaurants and shows to bowling.

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