Roughly halfway between Gauteng (300 km) and the border at Beit Bridge (200 km) on the N1 highway, the great north road to Zimbabwe, you’ll find the capital of Limpopo, the city of Polokwane.
The city was founded in the 1880’s gold rush. Originally named Pietersburg, the city was renamed Polokwane – meaning ‘place of safety’ in Northern Sotho.
Just 10 minutes from the bustling metropolis you’ll find the Polokwane Game Reserve, home to 52 game species including the endangered white rhino.
Polokwane is centrally located with easy access from Johannesburg and Pretoria and only short drives to many adventure destinations in Limpopo. To the west, towards Tzaneen, the mountain scenery of Magoebaskloof beckons hikers, climbers and bikers.
Slighly further afield, the game viewing in the Kruger National Park draws 4x4 enthusiasts and nature lovers.
To the north, Mapungubwe National Park draws visitors in search of South Africa’s rich heritage and in the west, Marakele National Park offers game viewing in the Waterberg Mountains.
With so many adventure opportunities, Polokwane lives up to its name as the gateway to Africa!