an Afrikaans word meaning "fountain of Bloem (bloom)" or
"flower fountain" is the capital city of the Free State
Province. Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as "the
city of roses", owing to the abundance of these flowers and the
annual rose festival held there.
In the middle of the city is a small nature reserve called Naval
Hill, where you can go for walks and see small game. Also nearby
is the orchid house - another tribute to that lovely name.