Polokwane / Pietersburg
Polokwane, meaning “Place of Safety” in Northern Sotho, also known by its former name, Pietersburg, is the capital of the Limpopo Province. It is South Africa’s largest urban centre north of Gauteng.
In the 1840s, Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Potgieter established Zoutpansbergdorp, a town 100 km to the northwest. This settlement had to be abandoned because of clashes with the local tribes. They founded a new town in 1886 and named it “Pietersburg” in honour of Voortrekker leader Petrus Jacobus Joubert.
The British built a concentration camp at Pietersburg during the Boer War to house almost 4,000 Boer women and children.
Strategically placed on the Great North Road and halfway between Tshwane and the Zimbabwean border, this attractive city is a perfect gateway city and worthwhile destination per se. It is also a port of call for visitors en route to the Tzaneen and Magoebaskloof areas, as well as the northern part of the Kruger National Park.
Attractions in and around Polokwane include:
– Meropa Casino and Entertainment World is a Moroccan-style, 24-hour casino with various outdoor entertainment amenities such as go-karts, minigolf, and a wildlife park.
– The Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum is centered on a traditional village still occupied by members of the Bakone tribe, who sell various crafts to tourists.
– Eersteling Monuments — The site of the country’s first gold crushing site and its first gold power plant are marked by monuments.
– The Irish House is a historic building which functions as a museum.
– The Pietersburg Golf Club along with the golf course was established in the late 1800s. The immaculate lush green course comprises a full 18 holes.
– The Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park is home to over 280 species of birds.
– The Polokwane Game Reserve houses various South African species of wildlife, birdlife, and plants in an unspoiled bushveld environment.
– The Modjadji Rainforest near Duiwelskloof holds the largest concentration of indigenous cycads in the world.
– An extensive art collection is preserved in Polokwane’s art gallery, open to the public.
– Cheune Crocodile Farm provides a place to learn about the life of crocodiles.
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