Top 10: Urban experiences in the Free State

Bloemfontein at dusk Bloemfontein, city life with a difference

1 Loch Logan Waterfront

Cattle used to graze on the land that is now the cosmpolitan Loch Logan Waterfront shopping and entertainment area. Shop up a storm and then enjoy a chocolate-inspired meal at Coco C’s or one of the other great restaurants. more

2 Mystic Boer Pub

You’ve got to hang out at the famous Mystic Boer Pub, it’s an institution in Bloemfontein! A lively nightspot that has you saying to yourself… ‘only in South Africa’. more

3 Picnic at Naval Hill

Pack biltong and bubbly and head off for Naval Hill and enjoy the views of the city and Franklin Game Reserve. more

4 Jazz Clubs

Several clubs in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu are well known for their African Jazz. Make an evening of it. more

5 Observatory Theatre, Bloemfontein

Head off to the Obervatory theatre for some live entertainment – one-man shows, cabaret, alternative drama and South African music.

6 Mangaung township Tours

Township tours will give you some kind of insight into Mangaung’s thriving nightlife – make sure you taste the local beer.

7 Bloemfontein's City Hall

Grab your camera and head off to Bloemfontein’s City Hall – a stately sandstone building designed by the renowned Sir Gordon Leith and surrounded by over 1000 rose bushes. more

8 The Oliewenhuis Art Gallery

This outstanding gallery is based in a Cape Dutch mansion that looks out over the city. Top South African exhibitions take place here and the art collection is staggering. more

9 Choet Visser Rugby Museum

Only in the sports-loving Free State will you find a bona fide rugby museum! The Choet Visser Rugby Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world and has more than 200 jerseys and blazers on display. more

10 Bloemfontein Plaza

Shop up a storm at the Bloem Plaza, where there are loads of speciality and chain stores and fantastic street trading stores to the East of the Plaza. more