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Polokwane (prev. known as Pietersburg), Limpopo

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Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo Province and formerly known as Pietersburg, is the cultural hub of the region half way between Pretoria and the Zimbabwean border - a city graced with wide streets, green spaces and a vivid mix of jacaranda and coral trees that are a sight to behold in spring.

Very few travellers to this part of the world can avoid Polokwane, situated as it is right on the Great North Road. Passing through is mandatory, before continuing to destinations like the Kruger National Park and the Magoebaskloof. It’s seldom one is disappointed as it’s an ideal stopover before break-aways to the mountains or further afield.

Not only did Polokwane host one of the matches of the 2010 World Cup, but there are other exciting attractions that include the Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum - a must to experience the way of life of the North Sotho people - and the Polokwane Game Reserve, 5 kilometres south of the city, which has a host of scenic walks and around 21 species of animal.

The city’s museum is home to the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum with a collection of over 22 000 glass negatives that capture the initial five years of the city on celluloid. There is also an art gallery in the Library Gardens building right in the centre of town that definitely is worth a visit. And the Savannah Centre, with its wide offering of shops and relatively peaceful atmosphere, is a great pit stop to stock up on essentials or for a bite to eat.

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Bakone Malapa

Regarded as a living museum, the Bakone Malapa Museum near Polokwane is one of several museums and national monuments that bear testimony to South Africa’s peoples. The Bakone Malapa, where tribesmen practise long-standing traditions to enlighten visitors about the traditions of Africa’s people, is one of two ... more information

Makapansgat Valley

A basin rich in magnificence and biodiversity, the Makapansgat Valley displays some of the most astounding beauty in Limpopo. Not only is it of interest to paleontologists - numerous caves in the Makapansgat valley hold fossils that date back to 3.3 million years before the present, linking directly to the... more information

Masebe Nature Reserve

Masebe Nature Reserve is situated about two hours' drive from Polokwane. The reserve lies within the Waterberg Biosphere (the world's only savanna biosphere reserve). Masebe might be small – 4500 hectares but it has been described as intensely interesting by visitors ... more information

Modjadji Cycad Reserve

High in the Lobedu Mountains near Duiwelskloof and situated next to the home of the fabled rain queen, lies the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, boasting some of the oldest and largest Cycad specimens on earth. The 530 hectare Modjadji Nature Reserve, situated in the Bolobedu district of Lebowa, north-east of... more information

Percy Fyfe Conservancy

Percy Fyfe Conservancy is a small bushveld reserve that lies roughly 20 kilometres outside of Mokopane, en route to Polokwane. Its main function is as a breeding farm for roan antelope and disease-free buffalo, but there is also a camp for students where children ... more information

Peter Mokaba Stadium

Peter Mokaba Stadium is named after the late Peter Mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist who was born in Polokwane. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is situated in Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg), the capital of Limpopo, South Africa. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is the first world class football venue ... more information

Polokwane Game Reserve

Bordering the city of Polokwane in Limpopo, the Polokwane Game Reserve is possibly one of the finest on which to cut your teeth if you’re new to the pursuit of game viewing mainly because of its proximity to Johannesburg - it’s roughly three hours’ drive - but also because its size is such that one can view... more information

Polokwane Golf Course

18 holes, par-72, rating 72, 6 253 metres. The Polokwane Golf Course has bent grass greens, Kikuyu fairways and 14 water hazards. Founded in 1863, the Polokwane Golf Club was virtually a desert. However, as the years progressed, so did the course, and it is now rated one of the best with... more information

Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve

Almostly 42 kilometres due north of Groblersdal, Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve surrounds the Flag Boshielo Dam (formerly known as Arabie Dam) in the Sekhukhune District of Limpopo. Two aspects make the reserve popular – the fishing, and the scenery - for by all accounts ... more information

Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Lying just off the R71 outside Haenertsburg where the Drakensberg meets the Strydpoort Mountains, the Wolkberg Wilderness Area is a selected few hikers’ idea of bliss - the tracks through the awe-inspiring 22 000 hectare piece of paradise are pretty indistinct, meaning that a hiker can choose his own strenuous route ... more information

Zion City at Moria

The largest Christian gathering in South Africa happens twice a year at Zion City, Moria near Polokwane at Easter and again for the September festival. The Zion Christian Church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria (not to be confused with the underground city, mines and connected tunnels that run through the ... more information

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The Farmyard Trading Post Restaurant

Where: Polokwane
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Enjoy the splendor of the tranquil garden, which offers the perfect backdrop for quality time with family and friends, and let kids be kids ... more information

Visit the Bakone Malapa Museum

Where: Polokwane
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Experience the warm hospitality and rich culture of the BaSotho people in the Bakone Malapa Museum. The Bakone, a sub-group of the Northern ... more information

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Restaurants in Polokwane

Basil's Fine Dining Restaurant

Where: Polokwane

Basil’s Fine Dining Restaurant offers a sumptuous a la carte menu and is one of only two restaurants in the Limpopo Province to be awarded the world acclaimed "Chaine des Rotisseurs" French award. ... more information

Café Pavilion Family Buffet and Grillhouse

Where: Polokwane

This is a family friendly and contemporary restaurant situated in Polokwane. It overlooks the Sterkloop nursery and is a delightful place to enjoy something from our delicious menu. Café Pavilion is f ... more information

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