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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 is Polokwane set to 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.

Featured Attractions in (or near) Polokwane

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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