The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Polokwane / Pietersburg

Afrikaans name: Polokwane

Polokwane CBD

Polokwane CBD

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The city of Polokwane was formerly known as Pietersburg. The history of the town dates back to 1884 when Andries Potgieter set aside land on the farm Sterkloop for the establishment of the town. Since those early days the town has grown into a busy city.

One of the attractions for tourists and businesses alike is the location of Polokwane. It is a convenient driving distance from Kruger National Park as well as Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique.

There are numerous activities to keep visitors busy. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit the Polokwane Game Reserve, the Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park and Moletzie Bird Sanctuary. There are also oppotunities for hunting on the game farms in the area. There are also historical sites such as the Concentration Camp Cemetery, Eersteling Monuments, Makapansgat Caves and the Melted Gun Memorial. The shopping malls and markets will also give you a chance to shop for interesting and unique items.

Polokwane weather


Polokwane has accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. These include hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments.

NG Church

Above - The Dutch Reformed Church building built in 1917

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References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 138

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 282

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 124

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 204

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 72

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 244

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 118

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 41

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 96


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