Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Brandwag (7.4 km from Spitskop)
Mimosa Mall is one of the Free State’s most desirable and luxurious shopping centres. Fashionable shops bring leading brands within grasp of Bloem’s trendy set.With 120 leading stores, there are numerous tempting choices coupled with an indulgent ambience. Big name chain stores include Game, Woolworths, Foschini, Truworths, twelve major restaurants and seven Ster-Kinekor theatres.Mimosa Mall is perfect for families with various eateries open for breakfast. There is a wide range of restaurants, shops and cafes. Most restaurants are open until late so there is sure to be something suitable for everyone.Positioned in the heart of Bloemfontein, the centre is a characteristic landmark and is one of the most successful malls in South Africa. Parking is plentiful with 1 800 secure bays. All car parks provide easy, direct access into the centre for consumers with kids.Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 - 18:00Saturdays: 08:30 - 17:00Sundays: 10:00 - 14:00Public holidays: 09:00 - 14:00Restaurants: 07:00 - till late
Bloemfontein (7.4 km from Spitskop)
The Free State Botanical Gardens are situated on the northern outskirts of Bloemfontein. The botanical garden is home to 400 species of plants, two dams, and an indigenous Karee and wild olive dominated vegetation.
There are specialised gardens including the water-wise garden, the medicinal garden, the succulent garden and the bird garden. Around 124 species of bird life and 54 species of reptiles have been recorded to inhabit the garden.
There is a circular hiking trail which takes you through the cultivated areas and up on to the koppies overlooking the gardens. The botanical garden will also be of interest to those who love history. The curator's house was built by Italian prisoners of World War II, the old stone walls were built by British troops during the South African war, and the prehistoric pottery relics found in the area are on show in the education centre.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Willows (8.1 km from Spitskop)
Springbok Park, now known as Chevrolet Park, is a well-equipped stadium within walking distance of Bloemfontein's city centre. The 20 000-seater stadium incorporates two large stands.
Braai and cricket devotees frequent the grassy banks, perfect for big groups who enjoy a good braai session while watching cricket. Boasting excellent floodlights, the grounds are often used for festive night matches.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Willows (8.5 km from Spitskop)
Bloemfontein certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to sports facilities and boasts a fine assortment. The 48 000-seater Free State Stadium is companion to an international standard athletics stadium, the Goodyear Park cricket grounds which is used for international matches, an artificial turf hockey stadium and great tennis facilities.
The 1995 Rugby World Cup brought about a significantly improved stadium with seating bordering the field. Bloemfontein's chief stadium has also hosted international football events – some of the 1996 African Cup of Nations matches were played here. Improvements to the Free State Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup included enlarging the seating capacity and upgrades to all facilities.
Galleries and Museums
Dan Pienaar (8.7 km from Spitskop)
Oliewenhuis Art Museum is housed in a Neo-Dutch style mansion which served as residence for the Governor General of the Union of South Africa. In 1985 it was converted into an Art Museum as a satellite of the National Museum Bloemfontein.
The Permanent Collection housed at Oliewenhuis is an outstanding collection of South African art, which includes a unique outdoor Sculpture Park and a working African Carousel, for which original sculptures were commissioned.
Temporary exhibitions of South African artists are regularly exhibited in the Museum galleries and the unique underground Reservoir gallery. Other highlights include the Blind Alphabet, an artwork created specifically for the sight-impaired and the functional Cement and Mosaic sculptures situated in the gardens.
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Open Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00, Saturday 10:00 - 5:00, Sunday and Public Holidays 13:00 - 17:00. Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
+27 (0) 51 447 9609
Galleries and Museums
Bloemfontein (8.9 km from Spitskop)
Visit the Sand du Plessis Theatre as well as the Andre Hugenot Theatre for ballets, opera, plays, choir performances etc.
Bloemfontein (9.7 km from Spitskop)
Conveniently close to most of Bloemfontein’s upmarket accommodation, Loch Logan Waterfront offers a good selection of retail and entertainment choices.The lively mall houses more than 100 shops, 17 restaurants and coffee shops, 10 fast food outlets, cinemas, salons, banks, a gym and a medical centre.Loch Logan Waterfront is centrally situated in King’s Park, a few blocks west of the City Hall and National Afrikaans literary Museum. The Bloemfontein Zoo, home to a fair amount of African wildlife, is also found in King’s Park.The convenient situation of Loch Logan Waterfront places it in close proximity to the Free State Stadium, Free State Cricket Stadium, Sand du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic, and Bloemfontein Rose Gardens. Bloemfontein International Airport is only a ten-minute drive away.
Bayswater (12.8 km from Spitskop)
Situated a short drive from Bloemfontein Central.
18 Holes, PAR 72, 6541 m, well maintained fairways and greens, Pro Shop, driving range, etc.
Bloemfontein (13.2 km from Spitskop)
Designed by: Robert Grimsdell / Peter Matkovich
Type: Parklands golf course
Bloemfontein (28 km from Spitskop)
The small Soetdoring Nature Reserve and Predator Park makes a great day outing from Bloemfontein. Although it isn't one of the top scenic parks in South Africa, you can observe a pride of lions in their fenced enclosure.
Gemsbok, eland, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra and red hartebeest can easily be seen on the open plains. More secretive impala, kudu, steenbok, duiker and mountain reedbuck are harder to spot in the riverine bush. The park also offers the best birding around Bloemfontein with over 284 species recorded.
Most visitors come here to picnic, braai, spot wildlife or to fish along the river and dam. Braai and picnic facilities are dotted along the shore.