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Address: Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Giraffes atop Naval Hill

This morning I went for a run from my hotel (Bon Hotel) in Bloemfontein and ran right to the Observatory on top of Naval Hill and also detoured to see Nelson Mandela's huge bronze... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
JonathanSuch2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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500 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This morning I went for a run from my hotel (Bon Hotel) in Bloemfontein and ran right to the Observatory on top of Naval Hill and also detoured to see Nelson Mandela's huge bronze statue. It was much easier going down. My legs had recovered from the Two Oceans Half marathon race. I saw ostriches and a lovely large giraffe... More 

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Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Not sure why it is Naval as nowhere near the sea. Pleasant drive round the hill via a private game reserve. Saw wildebeest and giraffe. Facilities at top seemed relatively new with monument to Nelson Mandela but very limited facilities other than basic toilets. Did not visit the planetarium as of little interest

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Thank Michael N
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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8 reviews
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The star gazing auditorium needs more comfortable chairs as the show is abit longer and after 10 minutes the neck muscles get strained.

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Durban, South Africa
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a nature reserve smack in the middle of the city with gorgeous views far and wide. Good the walks and cycling.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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323 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The highspot (probably literally) if the city of flowers. Looming over the monstrous melange of concrete and palling, Naval Hill is festooned with radio masts and is about as far from the sea as Oklahoma. Only for the travel writer or truly bored.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We got close up to 3 giraffe grazing on the road, stopped for a Zebra crossing - well, 3 actually joining another 4, saw a herd of Wildebeest and Springbok. Drove up to the viewpoint, had our picture taken with the giant Nelson Mandela statue (20 ZAR per picture, £1.30) and gazed across the panorama of Bloemfontein (and the approaching... More 

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Thank Simon C
England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Good views from the top of the drive but not much else to draw you up here. Bit tatty in places. Big statue of Nelson Mandela at the top

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A great place to look out over the city in the center of South Africa! The only wildlife resort in the middle of a city in the world I believe. It is quite an experience having a giraffe cross the road in front of you!

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Thank JacoVB
Johannesburg
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Naval Hill is a unique gem in the heart of Bloemfontein. If you walk from the gate, around the brim of the hill and back, the distance is approximately 8 kilometers. There are also great views of the city. A statue of Nelson Mandela is a beautiful attraction. Toilets are available, but no shops or restaurants exist. This is an... More 

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Hartenbos, South Africa
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94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Enjoy the sight seeing with my husband cycling up to Naval Hill alot and the view is just amazing will always return

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