Polokwane at a glance
As the capital of Limpopo, Polokwane is a major economic centre in the north of South Africa, with relatively close proximity to the Kruger National Park, as well as to the borders of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Formerly known as Pietersburg, it is a town known to provide a spectacular showcase of jacaranda and coral trees in springtime. Polokwane is well known as a hunting destination, and it was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
A brief history of the area
Polokwane, formerly called Pietersburg, was founded in 1886, and later officially became a city on 23 April 1992. Its initial name was in honour of Petrus Jacobus Joubert, who was a leader of the Voortrekkers. In February 2005, the name was officially changed to Polokwane, which is what speakers of Northern Sotho have always known the city as.
Polokwane enjoys warm summers, with average temperatures in December, January and February ranging from a minimum of 17°C to a maximum of 29°C, while the coolest months are June and July, when the minimums are around 5°C and the maximums approximately 21°C. The majority of Polokwane's rainfall takes place in the summer months, with November, December and January being the months when you are most likely to experience a rainy day.
Schools in the area
If you're looking for a great school to send your child to in Polokwane, we've got good news - there are plenty to choose from.
Primary schools in Polokwane include Pietersburg English Medium Primary School, Elica Primary School and Pietersburg Laerskool. High Schools in the vicinity include Pietersburg High School, Capricorn High School, Taxila Secondary School and Hoërskool Noorderland. There are also independent schools in the area, including Myngenoegen English Private School, Curro Heuwelkruin and Northern Academy Independent School.
Healthcare in the area
There is no shortage of healthcare options in Polokwane. Netcare Pholoso Hospital and Mediclinic Limpopo are both on hand in the case of an emergency, and there are numerous doctors, dentists, optometrists and other medical professionals in the area.
There are a number of shopping malls in Polokwane to make sure that you're always able to find whatever you're looking for, whether it's groceries, gifts or just about anything else. The most notable of these malls is the Mall of the North, which boasts the widest imaginable range of shops from fashion and fast food to department stores, banks and everything in between. Entertainment is also on offer, with Ster Kinekor and The Fun Company in the mix.
Distance from key points (Airport)
The distance from Polokwane's CBD to Polokwane International Airport is a mere 7km. This drive will take you approximately 12 minutes in average traffic.
Looking for fun way to spend a day or an evening in Polokwane? There's plenty to see and do!
1. Meropa Casino
Meropa Casino offers a whole lot more than just gambling - there's fun for the whole family, complete with a cultural village, the well-loved "WildThingz" bird and reptile park, the House of Asante Spa to leave you feeling pampered, and loads more.
2. Saskia Fine Dining Restaurant
The Fusion Boutique Hotel's Saskia Fine Dining Restaurant is the talk of more than just the town. Described as a modern tribute to life and art, the restaurant is decorated with modern interpretations of traditional paintings by the world-renowned Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn. The restaurant is named in honour of Rembrandt's wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh.
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Residents of Polokwane love their city for a whole lot of great reasons. Contact the Seeff Polokwane team today and find out more about why this city could be your best investment.