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Bloemfontein is the seat of the Supreme Court of Appeal, making the city the judicial capital of South Africa. It is one of the country's three "capitals", along with Pretoria and Cape Town. The city enjoyed a position of power even before the creation of South Africa. Various changes to colonial policy meant that Bloemfontein was well placed to become the capital of the newly-created Orange Free State in 1854.

From this time, the area quickly developed, and many grand public buildings were built - most of which are still in use today. Bloemfontein is also known as the 'City of Roses' due to the profusion of roses found in the city. The city is highly regarded for this amongst botanists, as Bloemfontein is unusual for hosting an abundance of flowers in an otherwise arid region.

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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Tour of South Africa
16 Nov 2022
Mrs M Templeton
4 stars
“We travelled with Rovos Rail. The train was superb but the travelling was severely curtailed by the state of the South African Railway system which is non existent but the tour manager Bob Whitworth could not have done more to make our holiday so enjoyable under somewhat trying circumstances at times
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