Bloemfontein & Monte Bello Estate
As South Africa’s judicial capital, Bloemfontein has become known through the years as the “central city” and “the hospitable city”. These designations indicate that it is a city in which not only residents, but also visitors, tourists and congress delegates can feel truly at home and welcome.
Bloemfontein has created a true blend in which somehow the past, the present and the future have been encapsulated. What keeps the past so alive is the unobtrusive and almost natural inclusion of an impressive and historical heritage into the very life of a modern, developing city.
Graceful charm is to be seen all along the historical, tree-lined President Brand Street, a declared national conservation area. Stately museum buildings stand proudly visible at the ends of bustling main streets in the business district, while monuments and memorials, almost unnoticeable, are preserved even in built-up suburbs. A variety of attractions await the visitor to this friendly city – from the unique blend of gracious old world charm to ultra-modern, high-tech sophistication.
Bloemfontein hosts the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa, the Franklin Game Reserve on Naval Hill, the Maselspoort Resort and the Sand du Plessis Theatre. The city hosts numerous museums, including the National Women's Monument, the Anglo-Boer War Museum, the National Museum and the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Bloemfontein also hosts sub-Saharan Africa's first digital planetarium, the Naval Hill Planetarium and the Boyden Observatory, an astronomical research observatory erected by Harvard University.
Monte Bello Estate, Bloemfontein’s top conference and function venue will be this year’s congress venue. With its natural beauty, spacious venues and a dedicated banqueting team Monte Bello Estate is, along with its relaxed environment, close to the city. They offer exceptional facilities, fabulous food, and five-star service in an idyllic country setting.