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Polokwane

Country
South Africa
State
Northern Transvaal
City
Polokwane
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

A private airport, Gateway International Airport, (IATA: PTG, ICAO: FAPP),is located just south of the city. North of the city is the public airport Polokwane International Airport.There are weekly flights to other cities in South Africa and Africa.

By Train

Polokwane is connected to Johannesburg and other major centres via railroad.Agricultural produce in the area, including tomatoes, citrus fruit, bananas and avocados, is also transported via freight rail.There are regular trains to Polokwane from Pretoria, Johannesburg (to the south) and Musina (to the north).The train station is on Hospitaal Street.

By Road

The city is connected to other mayor cities in South Africa via the N1, which connects Polokwane to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.Polokwane lies halfway between Gauteng (300 km) and Zimbabwe (200 km) on the N1 highway.At the entrance (from Johannesburg, on the N1) of Polokwane is the newly built Nelson Mandela road traffic circle that was built prior to the 2010 Fifa world cup as part of beautifying the city in time for the event.There is a number of private bus services running in the city and also routes connecting Polokwane with other major centers in the country.

Key places to visit
Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum, Christ Church Polokwane, Makapansgat Valley, Polokwane Game Reserve, Peter Mokaba Stadium


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Places to Visit

Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum

Depicts the traditional and modern-day lifestyle of the Bakone people.The museum is centered on a traditional village still occupied by members of the tribe, who sell various crafts to tourists. Background information can be obtained in the visitor center.Within the museum complex are archaeological sites with remains of iron- and copper-smelting installations, as well as rock paintings from around 1000 B.C.

Christ Church Polokwane

One of the earliest churches established in Polokwane (then Pietersburg) was the "English Church." Prior to 1894 there were occasional services for the English Church held by visiting priests in the local Court House.Work began on building a church in Market Street in 1895.The building was completed in 1897 and Christ Church Polokwane had a permanent venue.The church struggled with a lack of members during the Anglo-Boer war (Boer Wars) but regular services resumed in November 1901 and have continued to this day.The Anglican church moved from Market Street to Biccard Street in the 1960s.There is also a Roman Catholic church situated in Biccard street.

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 history at the Cradle of Humankind, when the valley was a tropical paradise - but it also displays an incredible diversity of life.This series of caves together form a national monument and intentions are that it should soon become a World Heritage Site. Primates in the shape of baboons and vervet monkeys make this their playground, whilst bush babies or galagos come out at night to forage for food. Like our forefathers, whose remains have been found in the Makapansgat catchment, these primates find a good supply of plant food in the form of seeds, tubers, fruits and berries. Nowhere is the biodiversity of early times in such rich display as in the caves of the Makapansgat Valley.

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 quite a bit within an afternoon. One of the biggest municipal-owned game reserves in South Africa, the Polokwane Game Reserve’s main attraction must be the amount of ground one can cover on foot - there are a number of walks, including a one-day 20 kilometre hiking trail with overnight accommodation.Even more exciting are the frequent sightings of white rhino and other game - 21 species in all.

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 in the soccer mad province of Limpopo.Four two tier stands bring the seating capacity to 46,000.Peter Mokaba Stadium is named after the late Peter Mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist who was born in Polokwane.The Stadium will host several first-round matches of the 2010 Football World Cup.After the World Cup, Peter Mokaba stadium will become home to local soccer teams, showcasing a wide range of sports events including rugby.

Right Time to Visit

March - September
May - August

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