South Africa’s ‘fountain of flowers’ is the birthplace of numerous heroic figures in the country, including J. R. R. Tolkien, but remains the unsung hero when it comes to international acknowledgement
Bloemfontein has quietly and assuredly etched its way into the positive consciousness of South Africans and indeed anyone who has been fortunate to visit the quiet and confident city.
Somewhat overshadowed in terms of grandeur and scale by its counterparts in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the judicial capital of South Africa - also known as the fountain of flowers or city of roses - has become an unsung hero that even one of its most favourite sons, J. R. R. Tolkien would have been proud to champion.
As the sixth biggest city in the country, its appeal comes from the ability to retain a small town or even
village- like feel despite being so key on a national scale as a legislative hub. From an economic standpoint this has traditionally culminated in a make-up based on smaller international firms or large domestic enterprises looking to set-up shop within the area.
That being said, for those lucky few who have been called into the city for a business travel experience, they won’t be left with any shortage of things to see or do, as long as they arrive with their minds open and their more adrenaline- inducing instincts subdued.
The key to enjoying Bloemfontein is to take the city at a leisurely pace, to take in the best that African nature can offer, and to bask in the humility - and sunshine - that the quaint little capital can offer.