Day Trip, Saturday, December 12
On Saturday, the 12th of December, you can join us on an urban tour of Mangaung/ Bloemfontein, followed by a trip to a local sheep farm in the Free State countryside.
Mangaung (place of the cheetahs) plays host to an unusual mix of cultural, linguistic and political histories. The first part of our day will comprise a guided tour through some of these histories. We will start with a visit to the Franklin Game Reserve on Naval Hill, currently the only game reserve in the world to be located in an urban centre. Here we will visit the statue of Nelson Mandela, where we are offered panoramic views of the city. We then proceed to the Waaihoek memorial, where the African National Congress was founded, and are taken to Thomas Mapikela house, Dirageteng (place of curtains) and the Free State Youth Martyrs memorial in Batho township. From here, we visit the Woman’s War memorial, commemorating the South African war (1899-1902), after which we take a journey through St. Georges and President Brand streets in the heart of the city, stopping at historical landmarks such as the First Raadsaal, the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Old Presidency and the Anglican cathedral.
In the afternoon we drive out to a Merino sheep farm located roughly 35 km south of Bloemfontein. Here we do a short guided hike through the Free State countryside before being treated to a gourmet meal showcasing the best of regional cuisine. The costs for the bus, guided tour, lunch and supper will be approx. EUR 50 per person.
Please consider joining us for this day, which offers the opportunity not only to learn more about local history, but also to establish lasting connections with faculty and participants with whom you will share this experience.