Fun elephant fact

Baby elephant

An elephant chews by moving its jaws backwards and forwards – unlike cattle that move their jaws from side to side.

Source: Van Lill, Dawid (2008) African Wildlife Trivia, Kaapstad: Random House Struik

Trivia SA commemorates World Wildlife Day

One of only two city wildlife reserves – in the world

Misty Bloemfontein (South Africa) view from Signal Hill
A view of Bloemfontein from the top of Naval Hill on a misty morning.

Established in 1930, the Franklin Game Reserve atop Naval Hill in Bloemfontein is one of only two city wildlife reserves in the world (the other is in Hong Kong).

The Franklin Game Reserve is named after Sir John Stuart Franklin, mayor of Bloemfontein in the 1920s.

One of several urban legends about the White Horse is that every time a maiden is kissed on Naval Hill, it moves a step forward.

Giraffe, blue wildebeest and city views are on offer and apart from the game, there are many bird species, including Karoo scrub robin, the fairy flycatcher and violet-eared waxbills.

For safety reasons, it’s best not to walk alone in the reserve, even though walking is permitted. You can also take a day drive to the top of Naval Hill in the reserve, where you can take in the city view.

Naval Hill white horse, Bloemfontein, South AfricaAn iconic feature on the east side of Naval Hill is the ‘White Horse’, a sculpture of a white horse created from rocks painted white. The most widely accepted origin of this sculpture is that it was created during the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War) as a direction marker for the British cavalry who could see it from afar. A remount camp was stationed here after the British captured Bloemfontein from the Boers on March 15th 1900.

The White Horse was most likely the handiwork of men of the Second Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire regiment, and is said to be the only Wiltshire white horse that is not in Wiltshire.

No charge is levied to visit the reserve.