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Lions Rest Country Estate What do luxurious accommodation, magical weddings, productive conferences and rejuvenating Spa have in common?  The answer is Lions-Rest Game Lodge. Lions-Rest offers unsurpassed quality and value, all in one location.The Free State Province is home to some of the most scenic places, natural wonders and overwhelming hospitality and friendliness in South Africa.  Lions-Rest maintains the province's reputation by offering visitors supreme quality and a blissful and tranquil place to escape to. Country House
Monte Bello Lodge Country House
Letsatsi Game Lodge When God created the heavens and the earth, He created natural sanctuaries for the nourishment of the soul. Most of these special places has been discovered and exploited. One such very special little piece of heaven-on-earth remains a secret to most – Letsatsi Game Lodge, magnificently nestled in an area of natural beauty full of breath-taking hills and valleys descending from the river Caledon in the heart of the southern Free State. Catering for all your accommodation needs, conferencing, teambuilding and game viewing. Come and Experience Nature at its Best! Game Lodge
Gariep A Forever Resort Caravan Park Gariep, a Forever Resort offers many leisure activities and is a superb destination for any traveler! Perfectly posted half-way between Gauteng and the Cape, you`ll find this water-sport enthusiast`s paradise on the banks of the country`s largest dam- the 374 sq km magnificent Gariep Dam.The caravan park consists of 106 sites, all with electricity and serviced by two communal ablutions and a laundry. There are also 16 luxury Caravan sites each with their own private ablution facilities. Gariep A Forever Resort Caravan Park
AFROVILLA GUEST HOUSE Inspired by a tranquil setting away from the busy and noisy environment, boasting with stunning views and elegant interiors, situated in the heart of Trompsburg, a humble town in the Free State, known for Merino sheep farming, Arts and Crafts. AFRO-VILLA Guest House proudly presents a relaxed get away lodging with double and single rooms equipped with: DSTV Ensuite Coffee & Tea Facilities English Breakfast Conference Facilities Afro Jazz Restaurant Secure Parking. When you think of break-away accommodation, think of AFRO-VILLA Our staff is waiting to welcome you to our home. Guest House
Allegro Guesthouse Allegro Guesthouse is situated in the North of Bloemfontein. Allegro’s tranquility and relaxed environment gives you that feeling of home. We offer 7 luxury rooms, each with their own ensuite bathrooms. Each rooms has it’s own unique theme that gives you the sense of comfort and rest that you deserve. We offer 3 Luxury suites, 2 Medium size rooms and 2 smaller rooms. Our guests love the quite environment and stunning decor. Their home away from home. Guest House
Art Lovers Guesthouse Set in the Robust town of Parys, in the main street you will find the most beautifull "green" heaven called Art Lovers. Guests classify this establishment as world class, and when here, you don't want to leave. Guest House
Ashwood Guest House and Spa Ashwood Guesthouse & Spa only opened its doors to the publicity 2015 but has, in a short space of time, established itself as a top-tier venue in the heart of Bloemfontein achieving a 5-star grading with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Ashwood is a boutique hotel with 5 exquisite rooms, a fine dining restaurant and executive conferencing facilities. Ashwood is the perfect place for guests who look for more than simple comfort and convenience. The planned spa will give that extra pampering to the hotel’s guests and frequent visitors when it opens in 2017.If you are tired of staying in traditional branded hotels, then Ashwood is the stylish and trend-setting place to be. A trip to Bloemfontein would not be complete without a stopover at Ashwood. Guest House
Castello Guest House Bloemfontein We offer you a luxurious and comfortable stay at Castello Guesthouse. Your convenience is important to us. We offer 11 lovely rooms, to suite our Guest’s needs. Our rooms are serviced daily with excellence and precision. Our Conference Facility ensures that all meetings, conferences and events is executed in professional manner and to ensure that it meets the needs of our Guests. Our Facility can accommodate up to 40 people in a classroom style, the venue can be adjusted according to our guest’s needs. We will ensure that your stay is comfortable and delightful. Castello is easily accessible from the N1 and closely situated to the Life Rosepark Hospital, Fichardt Park primary and secondary schools and three major shopping centers incl. Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers Hyper and Game. Guest House
Elrido Lodge Elrido Guest Lodge opened for business on 27th November 2013 by owners Erika and Ellmer Lategan. Elrido Guest Lodge is an upmarket Bed & Breakfast establishment, situated in on the corner of Lucas Steyn and Ray Champion Drive, Heuwelsig, Bloemfontein. With its beautiful exterior design, boasting thatched roofs and landscaped gardens, Elrido Guest Lodge is sure to give you that relaxed feeling of being completely secluded however so close to the Central Bloemfontein District and surrounding shopping malls with Loch Logan Waterfront and Mimosa Mall a mere 5km away. Amongst the landscaped garden lies an overflowing pool with tanning beds and a fully serviced bar for all your refreshment needs for that ultimate sun downer experience. Elrido Guest Lodge also boasts a sun deck which can comfortably seat up to 50 people with amazing views. Sunset has to be the ultimate experience at Elrido Guest Lodge and as light fades into darkness, the beautiful gardens come alive boasting an exceptional variety of lights. With the tranquil sounds of the waterfall in the background you are sure to have the experience of a life time. Elrido Guest Lodge also offers a full restaurant on the property with fine dining at its best. The restaurant can comfortably seat 30 people inside and with the deck seating 50 people Elrido Guest Lodge also offers its venue for functions and events. Elrido Guest Lodge cater for your every need from decorations to fully cooked meals / buffets and offer two fully serviced bars. Guest House
Kamohelong Luxury Accommodation Our Service Kamohelong Luxury Accommodation fulfill the needs of many business travelers looking for an exclusive and relaxing guest house.It has six rooms each room has been fitted with a coffee bar, air conditioning, and DSTV, Creating a cozy, visually attractive environment, Kamohelong Guest House intend to keep on attracting many returning customers because of not compromising The Hospitality, considering its motto is Guest House
Kloof Lodge (Pty) Ltd Kloof lodge is a lovely Victorian mansion offering guests a comfortable stay and is centrally situated which makes it ideal for those who need to be in and around Bloemfontein in a stylish homely atmosphere guests have a choice of staying in one of the beautifully decorated double rooms or executive suites, each with an en-suite bathroom consisting of either a shower or bath. Guest House
Lavender Hill Country Estate Take a walk through our landscaped gardens, enjoy one of the many benches scattered around our property or dine at our Jenka Restaurant, Lavender Hill Country Estate is a gem in the Eastern Free State. Situated just outside of the town of Bethlehem and a mere 32 km from Clarens on a picturesque family farm. Whether you are looking for a serene place to rest your weary body after a long day’s work or a tranquil weekend retreat away from the bustling Clarens, Lavender Hill Country Estate 27 uniquely and individually decorated chalets will provide you with your haven. The finishes are exquisite and to a very high standard, with each room carrying a distinctive name and a theme to match, you will definitely find the one to suit your mood. The spacious rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning, electric blankets (for those chilly Eastern Free State nights), king or queen size beds, hairdryer, DSTV, mini fridge and small lounge with coffee and tea facilities. Each room is complete with a bathroom comprising of a bath and shower. Soft bath robes and towels are provided Room service, laundry service, ironing room on the premise are also available. Guest House
ROCHILLA GUESTHOUSE An award winning guesthouse with 10 rooms of different variety, decor for a personalized touch of art in each room. All rooms with en-suite shower\tub, fresh towels and amnesties,tea & coffee tray, safe deposit box with digital lock system, air conditioner, plasma DSTV, hair dryer and a bar fridge. for relaxation we have spa and a swimming pool. a conference hall to host 40 people. A fully licensed bar with big screen. an ever green garden big enough to host special events. Safe with 24hr surveillance cameras, undercover parking and security gurard. Free WiFi for all our guests. Our friendly staff will help you settle well. Guest House
Toms Place B&B Mr. Manau Likhojane, owner of this beautiful Guesthouse would like to introduce, and in many cases re-introduce Tom’s Place in Harrismith. Established as a guesthouse in 2005 and still going strong. We have 5 lovely standard rooms and 6 breathtaking luxury units available. The luxury units are all self-catering with fireplaces and consists of a honeymoon suite, a 2 bedroom Family unit and four units each with an additional sleeper couch for the under 12’s. All beds are fitted with electric blankets. We want to make sure that your stay will be as comfortable as that of your own home. We are equipped with generators and backup water tanks, so loadshedding and our temperamental weather does not interfere with your comfort. We are centrally situated and within walking distance of all amenities like shops, a gym, tennis and squash courts and the well-known Harrismith Golf Club. We also offer a full English breakfast. Arrangements can also be made for lunch and dinner. As a small conference facility, we are perfect because of our location between KZN and Gauteng. Your stay here will be an unforgettable experience and you will always be welcomed back. Guest House
UPTODATE GUEST HOUSE Situated in the heart of Phuthaditjhaba, UP2DATE Guest House offers accommodation with particularly great service to visitors from around the world. If comfort and convenience are a priority for you when seeking accommodation then, Up2Date Guest House is the answer. Glass sliding doors open to spectacular views from the bedroom. TV Decor Air Conditioner Free Wi-fi Mini Bar Fridge Coffee Facilities Towels Bathrooms with shower & Bathtub Our In House Spa is currently one of the leading Spa around Witsieshoek. We believe wellness is the condition of being healthy and having a sound body, mind and soul. We also have in-house hair stylists for all within the vicinity, making it even easier for all our patrons to ready themselves for any activities they decide to undertake on their visits. Guest House
Anta Boga Hotel Anta Boga which means – Abundance of food, It is a place inspired by the myth and wonder of one of the world's most vibrant cultures, the Balinese. Our Sama Sama Restaurant which means “You are welcome” caters for Buffet style eating and on request A la Carte menu. The elegant construction and décor echo the richness unique to the Balinese culture and adds to an unequaled experience. Experience Luxurious Bloemfontein Accommodation with a flair of Balinese Charm Hotel
City Lodge Bloemfontein This hotel is as scenic as it is convenient. Boasting a pool set in a beautiful garden within the premises, guests can be forgiven for thinking they have escaped the modern city – that is until they venture out to discover how close they are to all the relevant amenities. With 151 rooms, our City Lodge Hotel Bloemfontein is not only able to easily accommodate any size travel party, but is also within walking distance of the following: The Bloemfontein Medi Clinic The Bloemfontein Zoo The Free State Stadium The University of the Free State The Appeal Courts of South Africa A large variety of restaurants and shopping centres Hotel
De Stijl Gariep Hotel Surrounded by the stark beauty of the Karoo, the Gariep Dam offers rest and respite to weary travellers crossing the country.  The newly renovated De Stijl Gariep Hotel, overlooking the Gariep Dam with all encompassing views opens its doors to those seeking a night of comfort and luxury on their journey.The Gariep Dam is the largest in-land water mass in South Africa and is therefore an adventures lover's haven. We welcome bikers, gliders, cyclists, runners and boating enthusiasts to stay with us. Not only do we accommodate all adventure seekers we offer more numerous Boer war sites, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, boating, horse trials, abseiling and water sports are all offered near-by by chosen experienced and trained adventure companies.  What's more, we are surrounded by three game reserves, Oviston Nature Reserve, Tussen-de-Riviere Reserve and the Gariep Nature Reserve, 85 000 hectares of unspoilt bush, ideal for sundowner game drives and game viewing. Uniquely designed de Stijl Gariep Hotel embodies city chic, in a Karoo setting offering clients a highly productive workshop or conference venue away from the distractions of the office. We offer three conference or function rooms able to host up to 300 delegates in a variety of tailor made combinations. De Stijl prides itself in awe inspiring weddings, weddings with a difference in the unique setting of the Karoo. Our wedding packages are based on a weekend wedding and include wedding accommodation for guests and catering and restaurant facilities. We can accommodate up to 300 guests at your wedding feast and provide up to 130 guests with accommodation. Hotel
President Hotel (Pty) Ltd PRESIDENT HOTEL & CONFERENCE VENUE Comfortable three star graded accommodation with 145 rooms, comprising a mix of 2 Luxury Suites, 32 King Leisure rooms, 57 Standard Double family rooms, 28 Double, 24 Single & 2 paraplegic rooms. Full Banqueting Facilities contribute toward making the President Hotel a popular venue, maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere for any type of function. The 8 conference/banqueting halls in the hotel can accommodate functions of varying sizes ranging from 20-1000 Hotel
Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens The Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens is located in the best kept secret in Free State art and culture circles, the picturesque village of Clarens, framed by majestic mountains and sandstone cliffs. This artists haven is a tapestry steeped in history and rich in legend. This retreat is at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens is a masterpiece in itself, the hotel exudes sheer style, luxury and design that blend in with the natural splendour that has inspired artists, eco lovers and tourists who simply enjoy the art of living to explore this tranquil, magical landscape. Hotel
Protea Hotel Willow Lake Situated only 3.2km from the N1 highway and in the corporate hub of the City of Roses, the Protea Hotel Willow Lake comprises of 94 modern and luxurious rooms with a bed configuration of 45 King Size bedrooms, an additional 45 bedrooms with an option of converting into twin bedrooms. All rooms are equipped with air conditioners, selective satellite television channels, tea & coffee making facilities, executive desk with multi adapter plug points, electronic safes and touch dial telephones. The exclusive patio gives all guests a breathtaking view of the Bloemfontein Zoo. The hotel features include a swimming pool, conference room, restaurant, bar & lounge area, internet access as well as limited room service facilities from 07h00 until 22h00 and limited undercover parking. An Executive 10-12 seater Boardroom is available for smaller, breakaway meetings. Come and experience nature in the heart of Bloemfontein. Hotel
Road Lodge Bloemfontein Our Road Lodge hotel at the Bloemfontein Airport knows exactly what you want – somewhere to crash after all that exhausting travel, without having to go any further afield to find it. It was the first hotel to be built in the Bloemfontein Airport, beating everyone to the punch, as well as probably giving them the idea! Not only is this Road Lodge Hotel convenient, it also offers guests the following advantages: 66 rooms to choose from Affordable and convenient accommodation for both business and leisure travelers to the beautiful City of Roses Easy access to the N1 highway A few minutes’ drive from Bloemfontein CBD Hotel
Lionsrock Lodge LIONSROCK Lodge Our three star establishment offers accommodation ranging from self-catering chalets to beautiful luxury rooms. We offer a wide range of activities for guests: game drives, bird watching, quad or mountain biking and hiking trails as well as trips to the nearby Golden Gate National Park, Clarens or Lesotho. Our restaurant and bar serve all sorts of tempting treats and cater to all dietary requirements. A lifelong home for big cats Big cats raised in captivity cannot be released into the wild. As an animal welfare project by FOUR PAWS, Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK provides an appropriate, lifelong home for big cats that were kept in inadequate conditions in zoos, circuses or private captivity. The habitat constructed for the big cats offers highest standards including large areas for family groups, facilitation of natural behaviour through enrichment and highest standards of medical care as well as highest security standards of enclosures. Lodge
Stonehenge in Africa A river side Lodge, Conference and Teambuilding Venue, a mere 110 Kilometers from Johannesburg, aims to attract the corporate market with its unique setting, accessibility and modern facilities. As Guests enter Stonehenge, they are greeted by large replication of the celebrated Stonehenge Monument and throughout the complex natural, strategically placed granite plinths reinforce the African Ambience. Stonehenge in Africa is situated at the Dome World Heritage area in Vredefort, Parys in the Free state. We offers a wide range of different Accommodation to choose from – an ideal getaway for the entire family. Only an hour’s drive from Joburg and nestled on the banks of the Vaal River near Parys, Stonehenge in Africa embodies peace, tranquility and a sense of oneness with nature. Stonehenge has the perfect venue for your next conference, incentive trip or event. You'll find our professional staff tremendously flexible, providing you with personlised service to make sure your event or conference is filled with joy, team spirit and camaraderie from start to finish. Adventure, teamwork, excitement and most of all, good fun, is what we are all about. We are a team building venue in the Vaal River/ Parys area. Taking part in an adventure or team building event is an easy, effective and fun way to help your company become a team. Whether you’re a corporation, a club, or a group looking for fun & adventure, Stone Henge in Africa is the place to be. Lodge
Wild Horses Exclusive Mountain Lodge Located in the Northern Drakensberg in the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve at the foothills of the drakensburg Escarpment, Wild Horses Lodge is the perfect location for a luxurious romantic getaway. With its panoramic views of the majestic Platberg Mountain and the vast Sterkfontein Dam, the Lodge is a masterpiece of architectural design in local sandstone and offers affordable luxury accommodation, exquisite cuisine and a variety of activities centred around the dam and the abundant wildlife of the reserve and mountains. This small, romantic country lodge with its four ultra luxurious rooms, is privately owned by Jon and Trish Hawkins. Esmeralde & van Heerden Haasbroek will be your hosts and offer personalised service and a warm South African welcome to guests seeking tranquillity, comfort and stylish sophistication in beautiful surroundings. Conveniently situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban and Bloemfontein, just 40 km from Harrismith and is close to many drakensberg resorts, Kwazulu Natal, the Natal midlands, the battlefields and is close to Clarens and The Golden Gate. Wild Horses is the perfect place to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Lodge
Maria Moroka Resort A modern and appealing get away 4 STAR graded facility with range of outdoor facilities. Maria Moroka Resort is situated at the foot of the Thaba 'Nchu Mountain, within the Maria Moroka Reserve. The undulating grassy plains embraced by wooded hills, with the mountain standing guard in the north, is our own Serengeti. The clear night sky with millions of stars so close you may touch them, earned this area the name of "BIG SKY COUNTRY" Self-catering Shared Vacation

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Adventure Skydives Adventure Skydives was established in 1994 in the pursuit of excellence in the skydiving market. The adventure skydives team has skydived all over the world and brings with it a wealth of experience second to none in parachuting. We specialize in Static line, Accelerated freefall, Tandem and Display jumping as well as corporate events. We look forward to the opportunity, to experience with you, what has to be the biggest thrill of a lifetime. Action & Adventure
CLARENS XTREME ADVENTURES Clarens Xtreme has been up and running since 2005. We started off from small and humble beginnings and through giving a quality product have managed to grow and evolve into one of South Africa’s great adventure based companies. We are constantly striving to give the best quality product and to add new and exciting activities. We are based in the small town of Clarens in the Eastern Free State a stone throw away from the Golden Gate National Park. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you. Action & Adventure
Oliewenhuis Art Museum Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. Vision Oliewenhuis Art Museum is an Art Museum which holds in trust an historical and contemporary art collection on behalf of the people of South Africa. The Art Museum aims to enrich people's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of South Africa’s cultural heritage, to reflect its full diversity, to provide a cultural and educational resource, to encourage involvement in the visual arts and to nurture a culturally diverse but shared national identity. Historical Background Oliewenhuis, a Neo-Dutch style mansion, was designed by William Mollison, Head Architect of the Department of Public Works and his assistant, John Stockwin Cleland in 1935. Completed in 1941, this mansion served as residence for the Governor General of the Union of South Africa from 1942. After the establishment of the Republic of South Africa in 1961, Oliewenhuis became the official Bloemfontein dwelling of the State Presidents of South Africa. The residence was used once a year for this purpose. In 1972 the building was officially named Oliewenhuis, the name being derived from the abundance of wild olive trees growing on the surrounding hills. On 19 July 1985, after prolonged campaigning by the art-loving citizens of Bloemfontein for an art museum, former State President P.W. Botha released the residence to the National Museum, Bloemfontein for the purpose of converting it into an Art Museum. Several structural alterations and adjustments had to be made to the existing building to provide a suitable environment for the conservation and exhibition of artworks. On 11 October 1989, Oliewenhuis Art Museum was officially opened as a satellite of the National Museum. Permanent Collection A selection of artworks from the Permanent Collection exhibited on the first floor of the Main Building showcases a diverse range of styles and media. The Permanent Collection is devoted exclusively to works produced by South African artists and has a solid foundation of early South African artists, including works by Thomas Baines, J.E.A Volschenk, J.H. Pierneef and W.H. Coetzer. The Museum continues expanding its collection of works by contemporary South African artists. A contemporary highlight is Willem Boshoff's Blind Alphabet A, an attraction for sight-impaired visitors that comprises 94 descriptive shapes, with Braille essays; the sculpted pieces are small enough to be picked up and handled by sight-impaired visitors. A considerable number of works have been acquired through donations and bequests; outstanding among these is a collection of works from the City Council of Bloemfontein. This collection, which was ceded to Oliewenhuis Art Museum at its inception in 1989, together with artworks from the National Museum’s Permanent Collection, formed the basis of the Permanent Collection. During 2006, Oliewenhuis Art Museum received a donation from The Haenggi Foundation Incorporated (Basel, Switzerland), comprising 295 artworks produced by South African artists between 1970 and 1990. In 2009 Oliewenhuis received an additional donation consisting of 51 works from Haenggi’s personal collection and four works from the Pelmama Permanent Collection. These donations represent significant additions to the Art Museum’s collection. The generosity of The Haenggi Foundation Inc. and the financial backing and cooperation of the Department of Arts and Culture made this successful repatriation project possible. African Carousel Project The African Carousel is certainly a highlight of the Museum’s collection. The African Carousel Project, a public sculpture commission comprising 16 original artworks, was completed in 1997. The African Carousel lends itself to introducing a wider concept of art making to audiences, including movement, physical use and fun while still being serious in its aesthetic content. Sculpture Park At the end of 2003, Oliewenhuis Art Museum received funding from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund to launch and to co-ordinate a Sculpture Park Project. Sculptors residing and working in South Africa were invited to submit proposals for consideration for the execution and erection of sculptures to be permanently installed in the Museum gardens. The Sculpture Park, comprising twelve sculptures, was officially opened on 7 May 2005 and provides an environment that allows for an almost per-chance encounter with three-dimensional form and demonstrates how a public space can be successfully created to the benefit of the surroundings and the people it serves. Cement and Mosaic Project During 2007, fourteen previously marginalized artists designed and created five functional sculptures in cement and mosaic in the gardens of Oliewenhuis Art Museum. This project was made possible through financial assistance provided by the Department of Arts and Culture. Temporary Exhibitions Various temporary exhibitions are hosted in the Art Museum galleries, including the unique underground Reservoir gallery. Every attempt is made to provide excellent exhibition spaces for artists to showcase their work and to enrich the public's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage and to reflect the full diversity of South African art. The Reservoir In the back garden an underground water reservoir, dating from the early 1900s, has been converted into a distinctive exhibition space after a chance discovery. During the planning phase of the African Carousel at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in 1994, a site plan of the back garden was requested from the Department of Public Works. An underground construction north of the main building was indicated on the plan; the only access to the area was via a manhole. On further investigation a large underground reservoir was discovered containing approximately half a metre of water. The transformation of the underground reservoir in the Museum garden into an exhibition space began in 1996 and the project was completed in November 2002. The Reservoir is used for temporary art exhibitions and is also a popular venue for weddings and other functions. Education Oliewenhuis endeavours to promote the essential educational function that the arts play in the development of creative and intellectual abilities by means of exhibitions and associated walkabouts by artists and curators, lectures, workshops and guided tours. In an ongoing commitment to nurture and encourage the development of local artistic talent, the Museum hosts learning sessions for local artists, school groups, students and disadvantaged communities. Education services include access, by appointment, to the research library in the main building. This library offers a comprehensive collection of art books, art catalogues, DVDs, periodicals, news clippings and journals with a special emphasis on South African art. The Terrace The Terrace Restaurant & Coffee Shop, overlooking the Oliewenhuis gardens, is the ideal place to break away from everyday reality and stress. The menu offers a wide selection of dishes, from small light lunches to something more sustainable from the grill. The restaurant is fully licensed. Walking Trails Oliewenhuis Art Museum is surrounded by 12 hectares of natural vegetation on Grant’s Hill and there are three marked walking trails through this tranquil, unspoilt area. Fossilised Trees Fossilised Glossopteris trees are abundant in the Senekal District of the Free State where a tree trunk was found during an Ecological Impact Assessment, conducted in an area intended for building construction. The 9-metre long, well-preserved fossil was recovered and donated to the National Museum, and is now displayed in front of Oliewenhuis Art Museum. This fossilised or petrified tree lived about 260 million years ago during the Middle to Late Permian Period. Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum and Fractal The Friends of Oliewenhuis is a voluntary association dedicated to supporting and enhancing the activities of the Museum. The Friends aim to find innovative ways to raise funds and to involve the entire community in the life and growth of the Art Museum so that all may benefit. Fractal is an ad hoc committee of the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, consisting of 3 – 10 executive members. It originated as a result of younger artists finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from the arts. The idea developed to try to promote the arts among the young people of Bloemfontein, and to involve them in productions, workshops and exhibitions. One of Fractal’s aims is to educate the general public and thus awaken in them the desire to preserve our national art museums. A love for art among the people is an investment for art in the future. Through Fractal’s activities, members are also gained for the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum. 16 Harry Smith Street Bloemfontein T +27 (0) 51 011 0525 (ext 200) oliewen@nasmus.co.za www.nasmus.co.za www.facebook.com/OliewenhuisArtMuseum Visiting Hours Mon to Fri 8:00 - 17:00 Sat 9:00 - 16:00 Sun & Public Holidays 9:00 - 16:00 Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. Culture & Lifestyle
CLARENS XTREME ADVENTURES Clarens Xtreme has been up and running since 2005. We started off from small and humble beginnings and through giving a quality product have managed to grow and evolve into one of South Africa’s great adventure based companies. We are constantly striving to give the best quality product and to add new and exciting activities. We are based in the small town of Clarens in the Eastern Free State a stone throw away from the Golden Gate National Park. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you. Roots & Culture
Free State National Botanical Garden The Free State National Botanical Garden (FSNBG) is one of ten National Botanical gardens managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in South Africa, concentrating exclusively on cultivating and propagating South Africa's indigenous flora. The Garden is situated next to the N1, about 11 km north of the centre of Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province. It is within a 130 km radius of Kimberley, the Free State Goldfields, and Maseru, Lesotho. Scenic Beauty
Naval Hill Planetarium Naval Hill Planetarium is an astrophysics educational centre where all members of the public are welcomed to have an experience about the space through the digital dome. It is committed to bringing a high standard of scientific education and exposure to the public and youth. A Planetarium Educational Assistant programmes are in place, consisting partly of members from the Bloemfontein Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), which assures a high level of quality during planetarium presentations. The planetarium is one of the most publically accessible planetariums in the country, providing a memorable experience to all its visitors, including school groups from all backgrounds. Scenic Beauty

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Thabile Tours and Shuttle Thabile Tours and shuttle is a tour operating company based in Bloemfontein. We specialise in corporate, leisure and adventure tourism. We have our own vehicles which include two Luxury Mercedes sprinters, one Luxury Quantum and a Mercedes Sedan. We always ensure that we go above and beyond to provide our clients with quality trips and experiences. Emerging
Vuka Tours We 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. Established

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Gariep: A Forever Resorts Gariep is the perfect stopover between Gauteng and the Cape, 180 km south of Bloemfontein, just of the the N1. Situated on the banks of Gariep Dam, the largest dam in South Africa, and bordering the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, it straddles the borders of three provinces, namely Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. Accommodation consists of 44 two or three bedroom chalets newly refurbished and 12 luxury one or two bedroom chalets. Our on-site restaurant, the Quenna Bistro, can seat up to 120 persons, and boasts a ladies bar and outside deck with a splendid view. Ensure you try some of our exiting new activities on offer on the Resort or in the area. Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)
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