The Old Presidency, or Residency as it is also known, is one of the historic buildings in Bloemfontein. It was designed by Lennox Canning & Goad, a Johannesburg firm of architects who won the competition to design the building, and built in 1885-86 on the site of Major Henry D Warden’s original house. (The sameContinue Reading

Bloemfontein is the Judicial Capital of South Africa and the seat of the Supreme Court of Appeal. It is part of the renamed Mangaung Metropolitan Authority – ‘Manguang’ being the Sotho name for ‘Bloemfontein’ and meaning ‘The Place of Cheetahs’. Bloemfontein is 4,557 ft above sea level and with temperatures around 35C sightseeing requiredContinue Reading

Bloemfontein was hot – at least 35C even early in the morning – and The City Lodge Hotel was our very comfortable base. Breakfast was very good – fresh fruit, baked goods, preserved figs! (YUM), meats, eggs to order, and so on – rooms comfortable, free ice, fast WiFi, and a swimming pool.Continue Reading

At Sannas Pos, on 31 March 1900, Boers led by General Christiaan de Wet defeated British soldiers under Brigadier General Broadwood.  It was a significant skirmish for two reasons: the Post controlled the water supply to Bloemfontein via the Modder River, andIt was the first large-scale use of guerrilla tactics by de WetContinue Reading

It was to be a long day’s drive, 321 kms from Kiara Lodge in the Golden Gate National Park to the City Lodge Hotel, Bloemfontein, and we started early.

Alongside the road is the graveyard of the Van Reenen Family. J N R Van Reenen was a farmer who trekked into the area in 1875 to settle on his new farm, Vuurland, and as the fading light coloured the cliffs he apparently called the area ‘Golden Gate’. Vuurland was one of three farms in thisContinue Reading

The Oribi Loop is one of two one-way drives in the Golden Gate National Park. The road is 4.2 kms and the scenery is wonderful, with changing colours at different times of the day.

The Blesbok Loop is a one way drive of c6.7kms which gives wonderful views and ever-changing colours. We drove it during the daytime and at the ‘golden hour’ in the evening. The start of the drive is just beyond, or before, the Glen Reenen Rest Camp in the Park.