Bloemfontein was founded in 1846 and today has a population of around half a million people.
J.R.R. Tolkien , author of Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein in 1892. In 1923 , the African National Congress (ANC) political party , was founded in Bloemfontein.
Bloemfontein Airport is just outside the city and a number of flights to major South African cities take off from here, operated by:
- South African Airways
- S.A. Airlink
- 1 Time Low Cost airline
- Mango airline
The N1 and N6 national highways meet in Bloemfontein, making it easily reachable from any part of the country.
The N1 northbound from Bloemfontein , towards Gauteng , is a toll road.
- Bloemfontein- Johannesburg : 398km
- Bloemfontein-Cape Town : 1004km
- Bloemfontein-Maseru : 137km
- Bloemfontein-Port Elizabeth : 677km