Polokwane, though a small city has much to offer! Don’t let looks fool you. We are rich in history and attractions like no other city. The following article covers some of the best sights and activities you and the whole family will enjoy!
Guns Memorial (Heritage Site)
Weapons and arms that were melted down at the end of the Magoeba War of 1892 on display.
Concentration Camp Cemetry (Heritage Site)
Graves that hold the final resting place of victims of the Anglo-Boer War concentration camp.
Civic Centre (Heritage Site)
A gazebo built in 1924 that was at one point the home of coach magnate, Doel Zeederberg, establisher of the stagecoach that once ran between Pietersburg and Bulawayo in 1894.
Eersteling Monument (Heritage Site)
A monument for South Africa’s first gold crushing site and gold plant.
Roman Catholic Church (Heritage Site)
Built in 1934, its contemporary architectural style while magnificent is still home to a large Catholic congregation after all this time.
Top Local Attractions
Peter Mokaba Stadium
Named after the hero in the struggle for democracy in South Africa, Peter Mokaba the late minister of tourism and a member of Parliament in his memory, this stadium was named.
The Meropa Casino and Entertainment World holds a mixture of gambling, mini golfing, go-karting and is home to a bird and snake sanctuary. The Jembe Tavern and Acquires restaurant for dining, and karaoke and comedians for entertaining evenings.
Gemco Arts & Craft Curio Centre
Handcrafted rare and unusual crafts with a fascinating collection of semi-precious stones, jewelry, ivory, and gold.
Protea Hotel Ranch Resort
A 4-star hotel hosting 130 bedrooms, 20 amazing self-catering chalets, the ‘Walk With Lions’ allows guests the opportunity to encounter lions in their natural habitat up close and personal.
Opened in 1989 by Barenda Eloff, this gallery displays a mixture of crafts, furniture, and paintings by many South African artists.
The Industrial Art Park
An open-air park that holds sculptures on permanent display created by using industrial material this park curates 15 works of art.
Where to Eat in Polokwane?
Where to Stay in Polokwane?
There are several accommodation places in Polokwane who would be more than happy to accommodate you and the whole family! Click the links below for more details.
B & B Steendal Guesthouse
Country Blue Luxury Accommodation
Cycad Guest House
DePlaas Guest House
Devenish Guest House
Limpopo Guest Manor
Marlot Guest House
Ngwanesho Guest House
Robalang Guest House
Victoria Place Guest House
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge
Wild Thingz Lodge
The Irish House Museum
This Museum was once a Fashion House that sold Imported clothes and shoes.
It was originally built by a German Immigrant named August Julius Herman Moschke in 1886. Moschke then sold it an Irishman by the name of James Albert Jones who turned it into the Fashion House. The Irish House remained a Business Building until 1986. Today this museum displays the rich cultural heritage of the city of Polokwane.
Polokwane Art Museum
Established by Jack Botes in 1972, this art Museum features about 800 works of art by renowned Artists around the Province. There are various traditional Venda, Tsonga, and Pedi craft on show.
Bokone Malapa, Northern Sotho Open-air Museum
The Bokone Malapa were a highly sophisticated group of tribesmen who lived 250 years ago. The museum is now a reconstructed village designed to demonstrate the daily life of the Bokone people. It’s more than just a cultural village through. There are also a braai facility, a conference hall, hiking trails and outdoor recreation areas.
Game Reserves and National Parks of the Limpopo Province
Kruger National Park
With nearly 2 million hectares of bushveld, the Kruger National Park is unrivaled in the diversity of its ecosystems and is home to an impressive number of animal, bird and plant species.
D’nyala Nature Reserve
10 km from Lephalale.and Named for the beautiful Nyala tree, the reserve has excellent accommodation facilities and is an ideal venue for conferences in the wilderness.
Percy Fyfe Conservancy
The Conservancy is prime breeding habitat for rare and endangered animal species such as roan, sable and Addo buffalo. A youth education center provides accommodation for up to 20 persons and where children can learn the diversity interaction of wildlife.
Masebe Nature Reserve
120 km north-west of Mokopane. Masebe encompasses the picturesque Waterberg mountain formation and bushveld landscape rock art sites. Visitor facilities include luxurious accommodation, conference facilities, hiking trails and picnic sites.
The Nylsvley floodplains are home to an incredible 420 recorded bird species, thus making the Conservancy a great attraction for bird watchers and researchers. A group camp accommodates 30 persons at a time and a lecture hall is ideal for conferences.
80 km east of Polokwane. The Wolkberg is part of the massive Drakensberg ranges. In a scene reminiscent of the South American Andes, the Wolkberg region is dotted with steep rough mountain peaks, awe-inspiring forests balanced on vertical rock slopes, daunting ravines and astonishing valleys. the reserve provides an ideal tropical rainforest wilderness trails and an ideal destination for backpackers and mountain climbers.
This wilderness area incorporates the dam basin and a peninsula of the dam. The dam offers good angling and boating opportunities. Stay overnight at a picnic site or a caravan park.
Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve
North of Marble Hall lies Schuinsdraai ecosystem that surrounds Flag Boshielo, a popular fishing destination for anglers and water recreation. The reserve provides accommodation and exceptional camping facilities on the shores of the dam.
Musina Nature Reserve
10 km south of Musina. Musina Reserve is unequaled in its concentration of wilderness features such as the legendary baobab tree, many species of game and the internationally known Sand river gneiss. Guest facilities include a bush camp, guest house, hiking trail and picnic sites.
Nwanedi Nature Reserve
Nwanedi reserve incorporates the N’wanedi and the Lupepe dams, spectacular waterfall, great game viewing and a resort that accommodate many visitors that the reserve hosts each year. Stay at the rest camp and enjoy other facilities such as a la carte restaurant, conference center, swimming pool, canoeing, and angling.
Makuya Park Nature ReserveA massive reserve in the northwestern region of the Kruger National Park. The reserve is incorporated with the Kruger National Park and is home to big game such as buffalo and elephant. 4×4 enthusiasts will enjoy the tented camp set on the Pafuri River.
Blouberg Nature Reserve
20km west of Vivo. Set at the eastern end of the Blouberg Mountain Range. The reserve has an education center and is also home to a Cape vulture breeding colony.
Modjadji Nature Reserve
One of the largest reserves of a single species of cycad in the world. The cycad nursery, picnic sites, day trails and information center make this reserve a highlight on any tour of the Rain Queen’s kingdom.
This area covers a huge 18 718 hectares of protected escarpment, scenic landscape, mountain vegetation, and wildlife. Accommodation facilities available with conference room and swimming pool.
Manyeleti Game Reserve
This reserve is uniquely positioned between the Timbavati Reserve, Kruger National Park, and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, providing a tranquil bush region of 23 000 hectares.
Marakele National Park
Located between the contrasting dry western and wet eastern regions of Limpopo, the Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountain is characterized by magnificent mountain backdrops, rolling green hills, and deep valleys.
Hans Merensky Wilderness
38 km from Tzaneen. Hans Merensky is most popular for its 4 excellent hiking trails but is also home to the Tsonga Kraal open-air museum and Eiland Aventura Resort.