As Limpopo’s largest city, Polokwane has plenty of accommodation for the huge number of travellers who make their way to this northernmost province of South Africa annually. Despite its location on the Tropic of Cancer, an altitude of just over 1200 metres above sea level results in a pleasantly warm average temperature over most of the year and, combined with its semi-arid nature and minimal summer rain, the region’s hostelries tend to enjoy an extended season.
Polokwane Accommodation May Not be Convenient when Exploring the Makgabeng Plateau
In practice, much of the traffic into the city is bound for destinations further afield. The province shares international borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, providing an important road-link to these and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Accommodation in Polokwane is frequently required by travellers who wish to break their journey while en route to neighbouring countries or to the Kruger National Park, which extends into the province along its border with Mpumalanga to the East.
There is much of interest to be explored in and around Limpopo’s provincial capital city whose name, under the previous regime, was formerly Pietersburg. For the eco-tourists, the local bird and reptile park boasts in excess of 280 raptor species, while its game reserve offers the chance to view wildlife in their natural, unspoiled bushveld environment. With a rainforest and crocodile farm to visit also, a couple of days in Polokwane and some comfortable accommodation is likely to be essential. For those whose preference may be less about observing game and more for venison and biltong, the city has also become one of South Africa’s most popular destinations for hunters.
As fascinating as the city and its immediate environs are, many of the province’s greatest attractions lay well beyond its boundaries. Of these, one of the most popular is the Makgabeng Plateau. Within the characteristic rock formations that abound on the plateau, geologists located the earliest evidence of microbial life on land with fossils dating back some two billion years. However at almost 100 kilometres from Polokwane, seeking accommodation in the city is not an especially convenient way to explore this region.
Apart from the microbial remains, abundant fossil evidence that the area was home to the country’s original Bushman inhabitants for around 120 000 years has also been found in the plateau. Although nowhere near as ancient, etched in the sandstone at many hundreds of sites scattered throughout the region, the Khoikhoi and San people have left a truly magnificent legacy for us all in the form of a rock art collection that is without equal elsewhere in the country. This alone is one of the most compelling reasons to travel beyond Polokwane and seek accommodation closer to the plateau, its history, its diverse flora and fauna and its rugged beauty.
A daily return drive from the city allows too little time for exploration. Alternatively, you will not find a more convenient base than our Makgabeng Farm Lodge which sits on the plateau’s doorstep. Offering everything for a comfortable stay, including a gourmet restaurant, pool and a choice of a thatched chalet or farmhouse suite, our lodge also offers tours to the region’s main attractions. A handy helipad means that you could have no need to drive here. Why not bypass Polokwane and book accommodation at Makgabeng Farm Lodge?