Matjiesfontein to Bloemfontein
June 18, 2021

Today’s drive was a 7-hour stretch from Matjiesfontein to Bloemfontein on the N1. We had breakfast and headed out just after 9am. Fortunately for most of the drive today the traffic was pretty light and therefore the drive was fairly easy. We did a few toilet stops and one stop for fuel and then we stopped at Richmond, Northern Cape for lunch. We chose Vetmuis Plaaskombuis for lunch – to be fair it was seemingly the only viable option in the town. We sat outside and enjoyed a bit of the warm weather and stretching of our legs while waiting for the food to be served.

After lunch we still had about 3 hours of driving to get to Bloemfontein and after doing one stop for toileting, we arrived at our overnight stop in Bloemfontein. We are staying at Liedjiesbos ( It is a bit outside of Bloemfontein – more in the small holding area – but relatively easily reachable from the N1. The accommodation is very and easily matches what you can see on their website. Unfortunately I never managed to got a photo before the sunset so you’ll have to trust the website for what it looks like.

Liedjiesbos organised a meat & cheese platter for dinner tonight and they have an honor bar where you simply help yourself and mark down what you have taken. We seem to be the only people staying here tonight and so we had the place to ourselves for dinner.

Tomorrow we drive to Johannesburg and meet the balance of our party who are flying into OR Tambo airport and then onward to our next overnight stop.

Until tomorrow …

P, H, C, J, B, B & S

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