- Free State
- Franklin Nature Reserve
There are very few cities in the world that can claim to have a nature reserve within their perimeters but the Franklin Nature Reserve is one of these, a unique 250-hectare wildlife reserve right in the heart of Bloemfontein. It was named after Sir John Stuart Franklin, the mayor of Bloemfontein during the 1920s. Within the Franklin Nature Reserve sits Naval Hill. During the Anglo-Boer War the British Naval Brigade was stationed there.
There are beautiful panoramic views of the city from the overhanging platforms that were especially designed for this purpose.
There are also two statues that make a drive to Naval Hill worthwhile :
- White Horse - said to have acted as a direction marker for the British cavalry who could see it miles off.
- Nelson Mandela- standing eight metres high, it is the largest statue of Madiba.
The indigenous plants and trees of the Franklin reserve are a good example of the vegetation found in the Free State.
Although It is not advisable to walk through the reserve alone, going in pairs or groups will expose one to a wealth of bird and wildlife, which includes, but is not limited to :
- Fairy flycatcher
- African red-eyed bulbul
- Karoo scrub robin
- Violet-eared waxbills
- Blue wildebeest
There is no charge to visit the Reserve and its statues. The reserve is open between 08h00 - 17h00. Entrance is in Delville Drive, Naval Hill.
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