Polokwane is the beating heart of Limpopo, boasting a vibrant mix of cultures, attractions and wilderness experiences. From funky African jazz clubs and grand casinos to local art galleries and African eateries, the streets of Polokwane are a vibrant mix of people and culture.
Things to do in Polokwane
Go on a safari at the Polokwane Game Reserve, one of the largest municipal reserves in South Africa. The reserve is five kilometres south of Polokwane and is home to a diverse array of vegetation and wildlife, including antelopes, giraffes, zebras and white rhinos.
Don’t miss your chance to walk with lions at the Wildthingz Lodge, a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can interact with lions in their natural habitat. The lodge is a 100-hectare wildlife conservation park offering a range of adventure activities and animal encounters including quad bike safaris, camel rides and cheetah runs.
Meet over 280 species of birds, both exotic and indigenous, at the Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park. Here you can not only learn about South Africa’s most interesting birds, but also get up close and personal with crocodiles.
Love exploring local artwork? Visit Polokwane Art Museum to see modern representations of colonialism, innovative depictions of Nelson Mandela and intriguing displays of women in South Africa. You can also discover the traditions of the Northern Sotho people at the Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum featuring a reconstructed cultural village where you can see local handicraft demonstrations such as pottery and woodcarving.
Getting around Polokwane
Polokwane International Airport is situated five kilometres north of the city centre and operates several flights to Johannesburg daily. Once in Polokwane, the best way to get around is by car. There are several car rental companies at the airport as well as taxis.