Polokwane, Limpopo Province

Polokwane is the capital city of the Limpopo Province and was originally known as Pietersburg. The name means “Place of Safety”. Polokwane is the biggest urban area in South Africa north of Gauteng. The city is situated halfway between Pretoria and Beitbridge, which is the Zimbabwean border post.

Most of the people passing through Polokwane choose to stay over, before continuing on with their journey to the Kruger National Park, Magoebaskloof or the border post. In actual fact the choice is easy as the “Great North Road”, as it is referred to or the N1, passes right through the city. This is a beautiful city that has wide streets lined with Jacaranda trees, which gives a lovely show of colour in the spring.

In 1840 the Voortrekkers founded a town in the North West, which they called Zoutpansbergdorp. Due to clashes with the locals they abandoned it and in 1886 they established Pietersburg, which was named after their leader Petrus Jacobus Joubert. Pietersburg legitimately became a city in 1992 and in 2005 the government renamed it Polokwane. It was in this city that the ANC held their national conference where Jacob Zuma was elected as the leader of the party.

There is always something to keep you occupied; for one, you can visit the Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum. Here you will find men from the local tribes showing off their traditions of the African people to visitors. The museum is built just as a village was 250 years ago and the guides will explain how the tribes lived in those days by making and brewing beer, grinding corn and making fires. You will also be able to see and purchase their pottery, beadwork and other crafts. The tour does not end here; you will also be able to visit the Polokwane Bird Sanctuary that is found on the shores of the Sand River.

Having come this far, you must pay a visit to the Polokwane Game Reserve, which is the largest municipal-owned reserve in the country. The reserve offers you a number of hiking trails, one of which is a 20 km trail that includes an overnight stay.

Polokwane has two airports, the Polokwane International Airport that handles all the domestic and international flights. Then there is the Pietersburg Civil Airport, which is much smaller and is responsible for the local air traffic or private flights. The city is also connected to Johannesburg and many other major outlets by its railway system. Polokwane transports much of its fruit and vegetables by rail.

There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the area as well as tertiary educational centres, which include the Tshwane University of Technology, the University of South Africa and the University of Limpopo. There are also 3 major shopping malls in the city including the Limpopo Mall, the Savannah Mall and the Mall of the North.

Property for sale in Polokwane varies from free-standing houses to apartments; there are also gated complexes, guest houses and farms. To buy in this area is very advantageous, as it lies on one of the major trade routes of the country and is also one of the countries busiest tourist areas. The prices of property in Polokwane are fairly reasonable and the most popular areas in the city are Bendor, Polokwane, Flora and Ladanna.

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