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Bloemfontein Reserves

Franklin Nature Reserve The Franklin Nature Reserve (size 250 hectare) It’s currently the only Game reserve in the whole world located in the middle of a city, is home to many birds and offers a glimpse of several indigenous species of game, including herds of springbok, blesbok, eland and zebra and a wondrous place with an expansive view of the city and surrounding countryside. A naval brigade was quartered on top of the “koppie” (hillock) known as Naval Hill, during the Anglo-Boer War. After the departure of the Naval Brigade, the Wiltshire Regiment was quartered on the hill. The soldiers of this regiment fashioned a white horse out of whitewashed stones on the slope of the “koppie”, inspired by a similar pre-historic white horse cut into a hillside in their home county of Wiltshire in England.
Emoya Private Game Reserve

This 270 hectare Game and Nature Reserve is located in a pristine natural setting on the western border of Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State. This region is also known as “Big Sky Country”.


Tel: +27 51 436 8471/  +27 51 436 0065

Email: info@emoya.co.za

Bagamoya Wildlife Estate

It’s a lion sanctuary farm, ideally situated about 25km from the Bloemfontein International Airport and 35km from the center of the City of Bloemfontein. The word “Bagamoya” means Shelter of the Lions. A beautiful getaway place, where you get the chance to move around in the African bush, and view the African wildlife in a way that will leave you captivated. A great outdoor activity on a Saturday is watching the Lions being fed at 11:00Owners: Botha and Sharine Barnard


Tel: +2783 385 0979/ +2782 497 7550

e-mail: info@bagamoyawildlifeestate.co.za



Cheetah Experience

Situated on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, it’s a world renowned cheetah breeding facility which was featured on Animal Planet, Pasella and Carte Blanche. Come eye to eye with real cheetah, lion, caracal, Canadian wolves and tiger. Touch and interact with lion, tiger and cheetah cubs and other bigger animals you go into the pens with them and the guides are full of interesting knowledge. Here you will get to spot up to 32 species of game with the assistance of an experienced Game Ranger.


Location: Kmb Rd, Tempe, 1 Maluti Ave

Hours: Tues – Sun: 11am, 12pm. 2pm,3pm

Tel: +2772  905 3457

Entrance:        R100 adults, R50 children


e-mail: info@cheetahexperience.com

Bloemfontein Zoo

Sanctuary is provided in the Bloemfontein Zoo in pleasant surroundings for the “Big Five” as well as several antelope species, tigers, panthers, hippos and apes. A large variety of birds is an added attraction. This zoo has the largest collection of apes in South Africa. The most unusual inhabitant is the liger, a cross between a lion and a tiger.


Location: King’s Way

Address: P O Box 3704, BFN, 9300

Hours: Summer: Daily: 08:00 – 18:00

Winter:  Daily: 08:00 – 17:00

Tel: +2751-4058498/84

Entrance: Adults: R35.00 Children: R15.00

e-mail: Lawrence.letshokgohla@mangaung.co.za