Passengers arriving at Bram Fischer International airport, also known as Bloemfontein Airport, will find our Avis Bloemfontein Airport kiosk straight across the road from the arrivals terminal in the car hire building. Follow the signage to pick up your Avis hire car before you hit the road in search of entertainment and fascination, or on the way to your business dealings in the city.
Known as the ‘City of Roses’ due to the abundance of these perfumed blooms found here, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa. It is also a bustling university city filled with fun and activity year round and it is yours to explore at will with your Avis hire car.
Bloemfontein is located within 3-hours’ drive of the Free State’s major drawcards such as the artistic mecca of Clarens, the colourful sandstone mountains of the Golden Gate National Park, the Vredefort Dome and the Big Hole of Kimberley. The mountain kingdom of Lesotho with its opportunities for mountain-biking and hiking is also easily accessed from here.
If you are lucky enough to be staying over, the Road Lodge is located just outside the Bloemfontein Airport and offers great value for money. If chic and upmarket is your preference, then a more luxurious option is available at the 4-star Villa Bali Boutique Hotel, just 8km away.
Prepare to be surprised and delighted with the many attractions of Bloemfontein while appreciating the comfort of travel in your Avis hire car.
If you have time to spare while visiting this historic place, or are looking for some extra distractions while you are in town you would do well to include the following in your plans –
The Orchid House
Head off along the N8 highway and take Wilcocks and Milner Road to the Orchid House, found in the shadow of Naval Hill, just 12 km from the airport. This is a wonderfully peaceful place for a picnic or a walk among the dazzling flowers.
Franklin Nature Reserve and Planetarium
Practically next door, nip in to the Franklin Nature Reserve and take a walk up to the Nelson Mandela Monument among the giraffes and small antelope. Then take the short drive along the crest of Naval Hill to peer into outer space from the first digital Planetarium established south of the equator.
Olievenhuis Art Museum
Come back down to earth as you descend Naval Hill, and make a quick dash across Milner Road to the Olievenhuis Art Museum for tea. Here you can participate in the tradition of afternoon tea while taking in the expansive gardens of this gorgeous Cape Dutch style gallery.
Gallery on Leviseur
Just a few metres down the road, the Gallery on Leviseur offers a peek at the other end of the scale – showcasing work from talented contemporary artists.
If you feel the need to heed the call of the open road, travel in your Avis Hire Car to the Cheetah Experience just outside of Bloemfontein. A tour of this rehabilitation facility will give you a new respect for earth’s fastest land mammal.
After all the excitement and cultural experiences, it’s still only a 20 km trip back to our Avis Bloemfontein Airport branch to drop off your Avis hire car if you are heading back home. Upon arrival in the terminal you can enjoy a coffee and a meal or pick up some treats at the candy store before taking to the air.