POLOKWANE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Polokwane has wide, jacaranda-lined streets, leafy suburbs and a wonderful climate. The capital city of Limpopo has attractions and entertainment galore to offer the intrepid traveler. 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. It is only a few hours’ drive to the Kruger National Park. Kickstart your cultural outing at Polokwane Art Museum in the Library Gardens Complex. The museum has an extensive indoor and outdoor collection, reflecting some of the country’s best artists. Nearby, the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum has some 20 000 black-and-white photographs from the 1890s showing life as it was back then from bodices to ox wagons and acacia trees. Perhaps the most famous spot in Polokwane is Irish House, a late-Victorian shop building that is currently undergoing renovations for 2010. The new and dynamic exhibition will show the different cultures of the province. For something completely different, book a guided tour to the home of Amarula liqueur to see how this unique drink is made. Enjoy the atmosphere of a good old-fashioned village pub at the Iron Crown in the nearby mountain hamlet of Haenertsburg, or head for the Ranch Hotel, where you can get up close and personal with a pride of lions and then enjoy a hearty meal outdoors. The mountainous areas around Polokwane are popular amongst mountain bikers and you can arrange to go on a guided mountain bike trail through the Kruger National Park. The northern Drakensberg mountains and Magoebaskloof areas also offer excellent hiking, along with outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse-riding and – for the more adventurous – abseiling, quad-biking and white water tubing.