Located at the north tip of South Africa, Polokwane is regarded as the gateway to the north. The capital of the Limpopo province, Polokwane is a friendly, fast-developing city with a vibrant mix of people and culture, and is a stepping stone to the province's legendary mountain hotspots. The urban centre features shops, galleries, museums and parks, while on the outskirts you'll find Meropa Casino and Entertainment World, a pulsating African-style entertainment venue. Polokwane International Airport serves as a gateway to the continent, so it's great to get to and from during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Polokwane has wide, jacaranda-lined streets, leafy suburbs and a wonderful climate. The best thing about it though, is that within ten minutes drive from the city centre; you can be gazing onto mountains, rivers and bushveld. The Polokwane Game Reserve is an ecological jewel on the city's doorstep. Here you can go on a self-drive adventure or a guided tour to see game like antelope, rhino and tsessebe. Famed for its forests, waterfalls and rivers full of trout, the picturesque mountain hamlet of Haenertsburg is an easy drive from Polokwane. The Iron Crown rises into the sky above the village, this peak is the highest point in Limpopo and is also the name of the local pub! Eat pancakes, stroll around pretty public gardens and take a sundowner cruise on the Ebenezer Dam. From the village, the Magoebaskloof Pass winds down the mountain towards Tzaneen and every bend greets you with a delicious surprise, a silver lake, a signpost to a waterfall, a view point, fruit plantations, and more. You can even visit the tallest bluegum tree in the country. Planted in 1905, it's a dizzying 82 meters high and makes you feel like Alice in Wonderland when you look up! Enjoy the dramatic views of the northern Drakensberg mountains that stretch along this part of the province. These mountains offer rugged gorges, indigenous forests and crystal clear streams. There are walks winding into the mountains and grasslands. Alternatively, simply pack a picnic and spend the day in the shade of a cool tree in the forests.
Peter Mokaba Stadium
Polokwane will be building a new stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ that will be situated in the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex. The stadium will be approximately 5km from the city centre, with a gross seating capacity of 45,000. It will be a welcome addition to the Limpopo Province. They have the largest number of registered football players in South Africa. The sporting complex was named after the late Peter Mokaba, who was a political activist during apartheid. He was born and bred in Polokwane and was renowned for his fighting spirit and for being an inspiring leader.