Exploring the Free State Province

Arrival at Bram Fischer International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bram Fischer International Airport is a key gateway to the Free State. The airport was opened in November 1961. Previously called the Bloemfontein International Airport, the airport was renamed by President Jacob Zuma in December 2012. A small but very efficient airport.

 

Arrival and check in Anta Boga Hotel

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refreshing welcome drinks on arrival.  I had a luxurious stay at the Anta Boga Hotel, with friendly 24 hour reception and room service I had the life of a queen. I noted they had conference facilities.  Their Sama Sama Restaurant which means “You are welcome”, caters for Buffet style eating. The elegant construction and décor echo the richness unique to the Balinese culture and style. The hotel is a walking distance to a mall and coffee shop next door which makes their own oven bread and they deliver to the hotel room.

For reservations contact

  •    +27 79 884 3573
  •   +27 51 444 4647 / +27 51 444 4643
  •    conference@antaboga.co.za

 

Dinner with hosts at Loch Logan Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had dinner at the Loch Logan Hotel. Newly refurbished luxury set up. They have conference facilities / Boardroom can accomodate up to 16 people.  The rooms are spacious and stylish. They have a dinner setting upstairs on the roof top fitted with a Jacuzzi. They can cater for up to 30 guests. On the other side of the roof top is a fully fitted bar set up with a garden patio set up.  They went out of their way to have a separate serving station to set up the halaal foods for me. The chefs really out did themselves, the food was mouth watering. A buffet feast on note. They even went the extra mile to serve me non-alcoholic drinks as a pose the the normal juice or fizzy cold drinks I usually get served. The service was absolutely outstanding. I would definitely recommend this accommodation for private or business stays.

For reservations contact

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Drive to 2nd Avenue for night life – Black – The other Venue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a awesome night out at the The other Venue. What a chilled out vibe. They had indoor and outdoor seating.  There was section with couches and Okka Pipe on a table to enhance the relaxed vibe. The place was packed. People were either dancing, chilling or eating and drinking. The restaurant is well known for serving a variety of burgers, wings, ribs an steak.

For reservations contact

  • 0659383637
  • info@theothervenue.co.za

 

Anglo-Boer War/ Women’s Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know about the war, visiting the Museum was such an emotional experience. 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. Seeing the imagery of how the war affected the woman and children was heartbreaking. The Museum is accessible for disabled people. (Wheelchair friendly)

You can arrange guided tour of the museum for schools or any other groups. Group bookings should be made at least a month in advance.

  • Telephone (w): +27 51 447 3447 / +27 51 447 0079
  • museum@anglo-boer.co.za
  • address Monument Road, Bloemfontein 9301

 

Tour of Waaihoek (Church )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visit to Waaihoek Wesleyan Church. This location has now become a recognized heritage site. In 1861 Waaihoek was one of the first areas in Bloemfontein that was demarcated for non-white people, being designated to Coloured people. Waaihoek Wesleyan Church was also the where the African National Congress was founded by John Dube, Pixley Seme, and Sol Plaatje among others in 1912. They are currently trying to reconstruct the city hall after it was destroyed by a fire in 2017. Opposite the church there is a small hall with more information. The house was built in 1926 and was Maphikela’s second house, following his forced removal from Waaihoek. He was only allowed to build one house so he built a double story house.

 

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Maphikela House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an enriching visit to the Maphikela house. Thomas Mtobi Maphikela was one of the founder members of the Executive Committee of the ANC in Bloemfontein in 1935 and speaker of the organisation for more than 25 years. I was honored to be standing in the house of one of the co founders of the ANC. He too had his hand in building the Church in Waaihoek. Most of the woodwork of the flooring and ceilings was done by him. Standing in his house you can see the same feel coming through of authentic woodwork craftsmanship. We were fortunate to meet the an elderly lady by the name of Mrs Selloane Esther Maphikela. She was Thomas Maphikela’s Grandson’s wife. She showered us with stories of how Thomas Maphikela,  Nelson Mandela and the rest of the ANC founders had their meetings in the living room we stood in. She showed us albums and all other hand written documents of that time.

For reservations to visit the house you can contact

  • 082 4270771 / 076 0877316

 

 

Lunch at KlaK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coolest car wash with a difference. While you having your car washed you can chill and grab a bite to eat.  The music and the vibe at the restaurant is chilled and relaxed.  On weekends the place is buzzing of people.

  • address – 8534 Romansleigh Road (567.64 mi), Bloemfontein, Free State 9323
  • Contact 083 648 4525

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Drive to Naval Hill to cycle the game all the way to Nelson Mandela Statue (guide to lead)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group was challenged to a cycle up to the Navil hill to the Nelson Mandela Statue.  This statue of Nelson Mandela remains the largest one made in honour of this world icon and stands at 8 m in height. It was unveiled on 7 December 2012. The sculptor Kobus Hattingh was the creator of this bronze sculpture, as well as the one in Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg.  To some it’s just a statue of Nelson Mandela and to others its a statue that overlooks the area where the ANC was founded, representing freedom.

 

 

 

 

Tractor drive at  the Gariep Forever resort dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The take off was a jerk and the rest was a fun bumpy tractor drive. The views of the dam was breathtaking.  We also took a drive though the tented campsite on the reserve. Gariep, a Forever Resort is perfectly positioned halfway between Gauteng and the Cape, on the banks of the country’s largest dam, the Gariep Dam. This is an ideal destination for families, leisure guests, families, conference delegates, water sport enthusiast’s, or just stopover travelers.

  • address  -2 Fiskaal Street, Gariep Dam, 9922, Free State
  • 051 754 0045

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Stayed in the Luxuary De Stijl Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt like i was walking through an art gallery. It took me a while to get to my room as i stopped to appreciate every piece of painting on the walls. This accommodation is perfect for long weekends, breakaways, over night stops, conferences, functions and weddings. Their Mondrian Restaurant opens onto indigenous Karoo gardens and horizon views. The rooms offer the ultimate luxury of space. Thirty three of their rooms overlook the Gariep Dam, giving awesome sunset and sunrise views, ideal for a cocktail on your balcony. Honeymooners get the full treatment – please enquire when booking. the best part is the baby services – baby baths, cots, high chairs and even nanny services. Not forgetting your furry friends are welcome if they are smaller than knee high. A ‘pet set’ of water and feeding bowls and a sleeping basket will be provided. the restaurant can seat up to 100 guests and is open to guests and day visitors for all meals. The Mondrian Restaurant at de Stijl is open at the following times;
Breakfast – 06:30 – 10:00,
Lunch – 12:00 – 14:00
Dinner – 18:00 – 21:00

Bookings
051-7540062 

info@destijl.co.za / reservations@destijl.co.za

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Vuka Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vuka Tours are a proudly South African events and project management company focusing particularly on meetings, conferences and lifestyle events, with a diverse portfolio of services in events management, branding, communications, public relations, and tour services. What amazing Tour guides, they handled everything with a smile despite some last minute cancellations. They managed to re-divert and get the ball rolling without a glitch. There really went out of their way to ensure that all my meals where halaal even went as far as driving out to get me something else to eat when the venue we were at could not accommodate me. It is very seldom that a tour operators goes through such lengths to keep everyone happy. I would definitely recommend Vuka Tours for Bulk bookings.

Contact Details:

Unit 85 Riversands Incubation Hub, 8 Incubation Drive Riverside View, Ext15, Midrand
Phone: (+27)12 329 0101 | (+27)82 972 5927 or Email : zwai@vukatours.co.za

19 Kruger Avenue, Grassland, Bloemfontein, 9301
Phone: (+27)51 430 4422 | (+27)76 117 0916 or Email : marketing@vukatours.co.za

 

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