When you live in a small town you quickly exhaust all the attractions your little town has to offer. Whilst we spend a lot of time in Joburg, it’s really far to go for a few hours change of scenery.
So off to ‘Bloem’ we went. We’ve been a few times but usually just to the big malls for Christmas shopping, or for business reasons.
Having consulted Trip Advisor the Botanical Gardens were one of the top recommended attractions and they did not disappoint.
Two adults and two pre-school aged children = R60.00 total entrance fee.
We took a lovely walk around the garden following the paths and it was so relaxing whilst also affording the girls the opportunity to run and laugh without us having to chase after them or yell at them to stop yelling! Bliss!
There are so many informative signs up all over the place telling you the names of the plants and trees. At first the girls asked us to read each one they came to but eventually even they tired of that as there are that many!
We all loved the traditional medicinal plant garden with the two recreated traditional houses.
When we got to the dam/lake we spotted a bird hide so retraced our steps to find the right path to it. The girls thought it was the “coolest thing ever” and we got to see ducks, red & yellow weavers, bird nests, and the birds were literally within touching distance. I was even impressed that the girls understood that in order for the birds to come close they had to keep quite. Progress! Lol
From there we made our way to the restaurant which was stunningly layed out. Individual tables were all decorated with their own colour theme. Unfortunately it was 11.30 and the restaurant only opened at 12.00, and they were fully booked, clearly a popular place. At least now we know and can be better prepared for the next visit.
Not only is there a restaurant but there are benches and picnic spots all over the gardens. They even have a designated braai area which I thought was such a lovely touch to encourage families to spend the day there in the fresh air and undeniably stunning environment.
So if you are ever on Bloemfontein and are looking for a great family day out with lots of fresh air, space, beauty and amazing value for money, please check out the Botanical Gardens. You will not be disappointed!
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