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Interesting places to visit when in Bloemfontein – Cheetah Experience August 21, 2010

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The city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs” would make our first place of interest quite appropriate.

CHEETAH EXPERIENCE founded by Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen, realizing that the irreplaceable nobleness of the cheetah is gravely threatened as it comes closer to extinction, bought Fiela as a young cub and tamed and raised her to increase education about these animals and raise awareness for their critical plight.

Fiela, Riana’s first tame cheetah, is working to save her cousins in the wild. She is available on request for:

• Tourist encounters
• Touch a cheetah photo sessions
• School groups
• Wedding photos

It is a once in a lifetime experience to be able to actually touch and stroke a wild animal – especially a cheetah! Add the wonderful sound of it purring to this and you will remember it forever. They have various animals staying with them from time to time. So, in addition to their cheetahs, you may also be able to touch a…

* lion cub
* tiger cub
* jaguar cub
* leopard cub
* wolf
* and a number of others.

Tour times:

Wed & Sat
10:00 (Family tour children u/12)

Mon – Sun ( Adult tours NO u/12)

Location: 1 Maluti Avenue, Bainvlei, Bloemfontein
For more information: 072 905 3457

Website: http://www.cheetahexperience.com

Contact Riana on Facebook

Join the Cheetah Experience Facebook Group and stay up to date with events and tours at Cheetah Experience.

SMS costs R7.50 – you can send as many as you want. Money will be used for Mafusa’s operation , and supplements for the animals.

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About Bloemfontein August 19, 2010

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Bloemfontein, pronounced blʊmfɒnteɪn, Dutch for “spring of Bloem (bloom)”, “flower spring” or “fountain of flowers”, is the capital city of the Free State Province and the judicial capital of South Africa. (1991 pop. 300,150)

The city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs” and it has been included in the Mangaung Local Municipality since 2000.

The beginnings of the town go back to 1840, when Johannes Nicolaas Brits arrived here with a Boer Trek and started a farm. Because the spring on his plot was covered with wild flowers, he called the farm Bloemfontein, meaning flowering spring. Soon the place grew into a bigger settlement, and two years later it became the capital of the newly founded province “Oranje Vrystaat”.

Some administration buildings were erected, and today the many well preserved historical buildings characterise the centre of town. Besides its function as provincial capital, Bloemfontein plays another important role as the third capital of South Africa, because it is the seat of the South African Supreme Court.

Bloemfontein is the economic and cultural center of the Free State. Some major companies in the food, furniture and glass industries are headquartered here. The cultural offerings are well known far beyond the town borders.