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  • Perched on Naval Hill, Franklin View offers sweeping views of the city lights
  • Simultaneously in Bloemfontein and in a small nature reserve with giraffe and wildebeest
  • Comfortable rooms and hands-on owner-managers make for a great stay

Franklin View

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Bloemfontein


-29.0935, 26.2364


Set high up on Naval Hill, Franklin View offers rooms of luxurious comfort and boasts picturesque views over Bloemfontein’s leafy Waverley suburb. 

Incorporating yellowwood furniture and exposed brick, the guest house has a warm, rustic atmosphere, complemented by big glass sliding doors which allow the indoor and outdoor spaces to flow into one. The rooms, ranging from a cosy standard single room to opulent deluxe rooms, are individually-decorated and fitted with comforts such as air conditioning, hairdryers, bar fridges, tea/coffee facilities, wireless internet and satellite televisions, along with dressing tables.

The two spacious deluxe rooms, situated on the top floor of the guest house, have Queen-size beds, big Victorian baths, double basins and large showers, and are romantic honeymoon suites. One of the rooms has the attractive exposed brick style (Style B) that is evident in the guest house’s communal areas, while the other is slightly more conventional, with painted white walls (Style A). From the balconies, guests can have a sundowner while watch the views change from a green, flower dotted vista of trees to a twinkling orange carpet of lights.

The two luxury rooms with balconies also come in Style A and Style B, but are less spacious and have en-suite showers. Guests do however have access to a quiet, full en-suite bathroom close to the rooms. The luxury ground floor room has the benefit of a full bathroom and plump King-size bed that can be converted to twins. Solo travellers will sleep soundly in the Queen-size bed of the single room, and will be soothed by the views from the small standing balcony.

On waking, guests head up to the top floor dining room for a hearty breakfast personally prepared by owners Gustav and Marietjie, who are happy to make allowances for any special requirements. The open-plan room also has an opulent lounge with leather couches, and guests can grab a drink from the honesty and walk out onto a balcony with magnificent views over the city. The adjoining splash pool is particularly inviting on hot days, and guests are welcome to make use of the braai area.

There are a variety of good restaurants nearby, but if you want to stay at the guest house to admire the views, lunch and dinner is served on request.

Although Naval Hill is essentially in the heart of the city, it is uniquely situated within the 250 ha Franklin Game Reserve, where visitors can view giraffe and wildebeest, along with plenty of bird species. An iconic feature on the east side of the hill is the White Horse, a sculpture created from rocks painted white, which is thought to have been created during the Anglo-Boer War. Bloemfontein has a rich war history that can be seen in numerous buildings, monuments and museums dotted around the town.

Other attractions include King’s Park, where visitors can admire the beauty of more than 4 000 rose bushes, and the Bloemfontein Zoo, which has - among numerous other animals - the largest collection of primates in South Africa.

Rates & Summary

2 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Sitting area
Balcony with views over city

2 Luxury Rooms with a view

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Balcony with views over city

Luxury Room on ground floor

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Standard Single Room

Sleeps 1 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Balcony with views over city


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Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The highest residence on Bloemfontein’s Naval Hill, Franklin View is an owner-managed guest house with a rustic but luxurious modern charm that offers gorgeous night-time views of the city lights, while being secluded enough to be peaceful. Owners Gustav and Marietjie are extremely hospitable and personally cook up an extensive breakfast for their guests.


  • Perched on Naval Hill, Franklin View offers sweeping views of the city lights
  • Simultaneously in Bloemfontein and in a small nature reserve with giraffe and wildebeest
  • Comfortable rooms and hands-on owner-managers make for a great stay

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Splash pool
  • Braai facilities
  • Nearby: monuments, museums, art galleries, waterfront, gym, golf courses, rose gardens, botanical garden, recreational parks, game reserves, Bloemfontein Zoo, township tours


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Motheo & Xhariep

Free State


The Motheo region of the Free State occupies a nook in the south-east of the province, a piece of flat land that comes up against the magnificence of the Malotis, the mountain range that forms the border between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Consisting of farm land in the main, Motheo holds the province’s capital and the judicial capital of South Africa, Bloemfontein. Motheo translates from the Sotho to “foundation” or “strong base of a building”, an appropriate term, as it is from here that the building and progress of the province is governed and monitored.

The region is striking for its very diverse cultural flavours – Bloemfontein has long been an Afrikaner stronghold and reflects this in its history, architecture, language and lifestyle. It falls into the same municipality (Mangaung) as Botshabelo, an urban township formed far more recently, and Thaba ‘Nchu, a predominantly Basotho frontier town set among sandstone cliffs.

Compact towns such as Dewetsdorp, Excelsior, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Tweespruit, Van Stadensrus and Wepener are small centres of sandstone buildings, breaking long stretches of maize and wheat fields. They have their origins in chapters of South African history such as the Basotho Wars or the Anglo-Boer Wars.

Xhariep, the region south of Motheo, stretches to the Eastern and Northern Cape borders, separated from both these provinces by the 2 000-kilometre Orange River. A terrain mainly of grassland but changing to semi-desert as it edges into the Karoo, it is irrigated by the Orange, now increasingly referred to by its original Khoisan name, !Gariep.

Xhariep is sparsely populated with large expanses of farmland cultivating grain and rearing sheep, cattle and ostriches.

Its main attraction is the vast !Gariep Dam, the largest dam in the country and a tourist attraction growing in popularity as an increasing number of recreational activities set up on its banks.

On its northern shore is an 11 000-hectare game sanctuary. Tourism is helped by the fact that three national roads traverse Xhariep - the N1, N6 and N8 - ensuring it is “on the way” for many travellers.

Sprinkled throughout are 17 small towns named for landowners, men of the church and historical characters.  Among them are Bethulie, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Jacobsdal, Luckhoff, Petrusburg, Phillipolis, Reddersburg, Rouxville, Smithfield, Springfontein, Trompsburg and Zastron.

Trompsburg, a centre of merino sheep-farming, is the seat of administration.  Two other towns, Koffiefontein and Jagersfontein, are diamond-mining centres.

Xhariep revels in big blue, unpolluted skies, religious and historical sites and some fascinating geographical features. 

Look out for

Capital city architecture – Bloemfontein has historical buildings by the dozen, many of them reflecting the sandstone architecture of the late 19th century.  The institutions that line President Brand Street are good examples.  See the City Hall, the Ou Raadsaal, the Literature Museum and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Naval Hill – This hill is a source of pride to residents of Bloemfontein.  It offers great views of the town and its slopes are the location of the Franklin Game Reserve.  An observatory at the top has been converted into a theatre.

Ladybrand – This town, from where the sandstone to construct the Union Buildings in Pretoria was mined, packs a lot into limited space. In its vicinity are rock art sites, two locations where important dinosaur fossils were found, and Modderpoort, an Anglican Mission Station that also contains the grave of the legendary Basotho prophet, Mantsopa.

Maria Moroka Game Reserve – This national park, which includes the Groothoek Dam, is found at the foot of the Thaba Nchu Mountain and contains zebras, eland, red hartebees, black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok and white rhino.  An eight-kilometre hike through the park is popular with tourists and yields good birding.  Alternately, game drives under the guidance of a ranger can be taken.

Zastron – Situated between the Caledon and Orange Rivers, Zastron boasts a number of natural features.  The Eye of Zastron is a hole in a large sandstone ridge on Aasvoëlberg or Vulture Hill, looming over the town. The Hippopotamus Cave takes its name from numerous hippo paintings on its rocks created by the San, while on the Glen Rosa Farm there’s a cave with a San frieze five meters high. Two dams in the town’s environs offer recreation – Eeufeeskloof and Montagu.  The Manyaputi Nature Reserve in also located here.

Tiger Canyons Breeding Project – On the farm, Tiger Canyons, wildlife specialist John Varty is undertaking an experiment to breed free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger populations in the wild, outside Asia.  Visitors can take a game drive in a 4x4 vehicle, adapted for their safety, in order to see the tigers at close range.

Letsatsi Game Lodge – This reserve is located near Smithfield on the road to Bethulie and offers game drives, horse rides and hiking.  Both chalet and tented accommodation is available. There are also conference facilities.  Buffalo, eland and black wildebeest are some of the game stocked.

Jagersfontein’s diamond heyday - In the 1890s, diamond mining in Jagersfontein yielded two notable gems, the 972-carat Excelsior diamond and the 637-carat Reitz diamond.  Digging came to an end in the late 1960s, but one can still visit the old mine where the diamond rush started.  The Open Mine Museum makes an interesting tour, or one can hike the Diggers Groot Gat Trail, a 35-kilometre walk over three days.

Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa is a great place for good food and wine. The Colonial Restaurant offers six-course dinners and the food is legendary.

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