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Popular amenities for Bloemfontein vacation rentals

Stay near Bloemfontein's top sights

Bloemfontein Tourist Centre5 locals recommend
Mimosa Mall4 locals recommend
Toyota Stadium5 locals recommend
University of the Free State4 locals recommend
Fleurdal Mall5 locals recommend
Free State National Botanical Garden37 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Bloemfontein

  • Total rentals

    970 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    490 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    320 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    200 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    210 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    19K reviews

Your guide to Bloemfontein

All About Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, the capital of South Africa’s Free State province, is famous for its abundance of fragrant roses and proximity to several nature reserves, where wildlife roam free on protected lands. The city houses a number of historical landmarks, such as the triumphant statue of activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela that looks over the Free State from the top of Naval Hill, and Oliewenhuis Art Museum, which displays works by South African artists in a Neo-Dutch-style mansion. On the outskirts of town, you’ll find the Free State Botanical Garden, a mix of grasslands and woodlands surrounded by wild olive and karee trees.

There’s an exciting restaurant scene in Bloemfontein that blends traditional Basotho cuisine with an Afrikaans influence. You can snack on casual bites from street vendors selling deep-fried fritters filled with minced meat, dine al fresco for casual lunch in a local cafe, or go all in for an upscale steakhouse dinner.

Along the Loch Logan waterfront, explore one of the biggest shopping malls in the region, or visit the Boeremark in Langenhovenpark, a marketplace of food vendors and craftspeople selling souvenirs, clothes, and vintage trinkets.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Bloemfontein

Thanks to the city’s high elevation and semi-arid climate, weather is very warm and pleasant here throughout the day, while temperatures drop dramatically after sundown. So be sure to pack layers if you’re traveling to Bloemfontein, especially if you plan to enjoy the nightlife. Since South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, the hottest months are November through February, which also is the rainiest time of year. If you intend to travel during these months, pack waterproof layers. Fall brings clear skies and ideal weather for enjoying the outdoors and the season’s golden foliage. The spring months are lively, and October is one of the most exciting months in the city. This is when Bloemfontein hosts its annual rose festival, as well as the 10-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, which incorporates music, dance, comedy, and visual arts.

Top things to do in Bloemfontein

Naval Hill

The top of Naval Hill offers sweeping panoramic views of the city, a large statue of Nelson Mandela, a planetarium, and a 617-acre nature reserve. Enjoy the extensive walking paths as you try to spot iconic wildlife like giraffes and zebras. For a unique dining experience with a view of the city, grab a meal at the restaurant perched here.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

What was once a lavish estate built by a wealthy European family is now a public building focused on uplifting and celebrating South African artists. There are about 1,400 works in the permanent collection, along with rotating visiting exhibitions. The museum also houses a children’s museum, an auditorium for film screenings and lectures, and rooms dedicated to natural history. Outside, you’ll find a sculpture park and a striking carousel designed by 16 artists.

Free State National Botanical Garden

This popular park showcases native flora like karee trees, sweeping tracts of grassland, medicinal plants, African lilies, river bushwillow, and African irises. There are hiking trails to explore as well as a shade garden and traditional huts built using native materials. If you’re lucky, you may spot wildlife like aardvarks, porcupines, vervet monkeys, and tortoises here too.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to stay in cottage rentals in Bloemfontein?

    Experience the best of Bloemfontein with our cottage rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • What are the most popular amenities for Farmstay Rentals in Bloemfontein?

    Enhance your stay in our Farmstay Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 10 homes with a kitchen, over 10 homes with free parking, over 10 homes with wifi, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Do townhouse rentals in Bloemfontein have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 townhouse rentals with a kitchen in Bloemfontein. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Bloemfontein have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 100 house rentals with wifi in Bloemfontein. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do hotel rentals in Bloemfontein have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 hotel rentals with air conditioning in Bloemfontein. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Bloemfontein?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 490 vacation rentals in Bloemfontein featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Bloemfontein?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Bloemfontein. Choose from more than 200 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there Bloemfontein vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 320 vacation homes with pools in Bloemfontein, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Bloemfontein?

    Bloemfontein has more than 210 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do bed and breakfast rentals in Bloemfontein have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 120 bed and breakfast rentals with free parking in Bloemfontein. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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