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Polokwane Game Reserve

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10km from Polokwane

-23.9693, 29.4736

 

+27 15 290 2335 www.golimpopo.com

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The Polokwane Game Reserve is a short drive from Polokwane. Its close proximity to this, the capital city of Limpopo, makes it a good option for a quick bushveld getaway. The Polokwane Game Reserve is over 3 000ha in area – the biggest municipal reserve in Limpopo. The habitat here is known as Pietersburg Plateau false grassland, which is characterised by open bushveld and themeda grasslands with occasional acacia trees.

The Polokwane Game Reserve is a long-established reserve and has a healthy wildlife population of 23 mammal species. A great way to explore the reserve is by taking a hike. Enjoy wide open spaces and clear blue skies. There are a number of different hiking trails, including a 20km overnight hike - the Rhino Hiking Trail. On this hike you are likely to see many antelope and maybe even white rhino.

The birding here is good. There are over 300 bird species, including bushveld, thornveld and grassveld birds. The Polokwane Game Reserve is also home to important indigenous birds like the Kalahari scrub robin and the ashy tit, and is the best place to see the short-clawed lark. Look out for francolins, korhaans, coursers, sandgrouse, pipits, warblers and tit babblers. There are also raptors like the hawk, the snake eagle and secretary birds.

Botanisers should definitely explore the aloe reserve, which is set on the slopes of a low ridge. It is a new addition the Polokwane Game Reserve.

If you are keen on specialised game drives or a horseback safari, these can be arranged through Nature’s Way Adventure Safaris. It offers a 2- to 3-hour guided drive or horse trail, ending with either an outdoor breakfast or bush dinner under the stars.  They also do full moon horse trails in the Polokwane Game Reserve, ending with a candlelit dinner.

Apart from the overnight huts for hikers within the borders of the Polokwane Game Reserve, accommodation is just outside the reserve. You can either rough it and go camping or caravanning, or else head for one of the simple self-catering chalets on offer for couples or family groups.

Accommodation

  • camping
  • caravan sites
  • self-catering chalets

 

Capricorn

Limpopo

About

Capricorn is a gateway region with a distinctly African heartbeat. The region includes farmlands, highveld wilderness and mountains. It borders Botswana and leads to the Lowveld and the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Capricorn is centred on Limpopo’s capital city of Polokwane, named after the tropic of Capricorn which passes through the province. Just north of Polokwane, a giant rock spray-painted with colourful, cheerful graffiti marks the imaginary spot.

The urban hub of Capricorn, Polokwane is friendly and growing fast. Home to the provincial legislature and a dynamic business sector, the city is a peaceful mixture of people and cultures. In Sapedi, Polokwane means ‘place of peace’.

Capricorn is a lively combo of urban and rural, cultural and natural attractions. Polokwane is busy and vibey, with a diversity of hotels, interesting restaurants, museums and galleries.

Yet right on the city’s doorstep is a variety of scenic mountains and wilderness areas. After fine dining, good retail therapy and excellent museums and galleries, head for the hills on a canopy tour. You could also take a mountain hike or drive to the Kruger and its wide open, Big 5-inhabited spaces.

Polokwane has blossomed on the back of being a FIFA 2010 World CupTM host city. The atmosphere in the city is upbeat. The Peter Mokaba Stadium stands proud on the outskirts of the city. The new Mall of the North, the province’s biggest property development to date, has already become an icon for Capricorn’s growth. It’s big.

Set on a massive 27ha site, near the N1 Polokwane byway, the Mall of the North covers an area of 75 000 square metres, has over 180 shops and parking for 45 000 cars.

Capricorn has some of the biggest citrus farms in the southern hemisphere, centred on Zebediela, Dendron and Marble Hall. Zebediela Citrus Estate lies southeast of Mokopane and is one of the largest citrus farms in the southern hemisphere.

Mokopane is the second-biggest town in Capricorn; a multicultural centre for surrounding wheat, tobacco, cotton, beef, maize, peanut and citrus farms.

It's also home to Makapan's Valley, a fascinating national heritage site and sister site to the Cradle of Humankind at Sterkfontein in Gauteng/North West.

Adventure lies in all directions from Capricorn. To the east is the Mopani region, realm of the legendary Rain Queen, rare cycads and the country’s biggest baobab. The Magoebaskloof and Wolkberg Wilderness areas are famed for walking, birding and adventure spots.

North of Polokwane is the Vhembe region, Louis Trichardt and the Soutpansberg mountains. To the south are the Waterberg mountains and wilderness areas.

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Arts & culture in Polokwane - Polokwane has a lively and bustling downtown area, set around the pleasantly green and artistic civic centre. Here one can visit the Polokwane Art Museum which has an excellent collection of South African art. Or wander through the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum which records the early life of the city in over 2 000 black and white images. You could check out Irish House, a bright green building with a comprehensive collection of exhibits from prehistory to Victorian and modern times. North of the city is Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Museum - an open air ‘living’ museum that showcases traditional northern Sotho culture.

Makapan’s Valley National Heritage Site - On the outskirts of Mokopane you’ll find Makapan's Valley, a significant palaeontological and historical site. In 1936, Professor Raymond Dart discovered an Australopithecus fossil that indicated the presence of hominids here some 3,5 million years ago. The valley is rich in fossils and bones that tell tales of the escapades of our hairier, hominid ancestors. Makapan’s Valley is the sister site to the Cradle of Humankind at Sterkfontein. It is also the site of a vicious battle between indigenous people and the Afrikaner Voortrekkers. Guided visits to the area can be arranged through the Arend Dieperink Museum in Mokopane. The museum is worth a visit for its exhibits detailing the pre-colonial and colonial histories of the area.

Capricorn Letaba Birding Route - The extreme variation of habitat along this route means there are over 500 recorded species of birds. The route stretches from Polokwane to the Great Letaba River beyond Tzaneen in the east. It runs just south of the tropic of Capricorn, linking the towns of Polokwane, Haenertsburg, Tzaneen and Gravelotte.

Polokwane Game Reserve - This well-established and much loved reserve is a short drive from the city centre and home to a variety of wildlife - including antelope, rhino and tsessebe. The reserve offers assorted adventures ranging from horseback safaris and personalised bush outings to game drives followed by a champagne breakfast or a candlelit dinner.

Meropa Casino & Entertainment World - Set on the outskirts of Polokwane, Meropa is the capital city’s pleasure dome. Rising up like an ancient African palace under modern skies, Meropa has a relatively small, but very enjoyable casino. There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Wild World, a multi-species enclosure, contains a bird and reptile park as well as a butterfly park and an insectarium. Meropa has long been the place to see and be seen among Polokwane’s hip and happening people. Meropa’s Jembe Tavern is an Afro-chic jazz club and the capital city’s grooviest place to meet, greet and get on down all night long.

Extreme adventures - North-east of Polokwane is the Magoebaskloof mountain area. Here you can go tubing and river rafting, spelunking and kloofing. or you can take a canopy tour. Expect awesome mountain scenery and pumping adrenaline.

Mall of the North - The recently opened Mall of the North is the province’s biggest shopping complex. The 75 000m² mall’s anchor tenants include national supermarkets, leading brand chain stores as well as a state-of-the-art theatre complex. The complex has six cinemas, all with digital sound. Three of them offer 3D viewing, a first for the province. The complex can seat almost a thousand people.

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