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Living in Polokwane, South Africa:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Polokwane, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 36 people living in Polokwane what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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University of Limpopo and Moria Zion City are geographically located in Limpopo province, just less than 50 miles away from Polokwane city. The leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (Sello Malema) was also born in Limpopo, Seshego Zone 1 Masakaneng. Vhavenda and Pedi people are mostly found in Limpopo. Z.C.C is one of the biggest church in South Africa.

Kholeka, says: 2020

My city is very hot and there is variety of cultures. The people are kind and very welcoming. There are about thirty townships and each of them has a different kind of culture therefore it is advisable for people to respect their culture and be open to learn more about their way of life.

There are a lot of job opportunities. It is the healthiest South African city. Known for its sunny weather, fresh air, spas and green space. It was even named the “Greenest municipality in South Africa”. It is also known as a place of safety. There are three common languages spoken in this city.

Kadisha, says: 2020

should know that polokwane is large city and has a lot of exciting places to visit, for example, mall of the north in thorn hill. Also it is not far from the university of Limpopo if you are actually considering finishing your tertiary education. There is a lot to choose from when it comes to food. we have types of restaurants you would want to visit. From kasi food outlet to Chinese restaurants .

Lusanda, says: 2020

There are a lot of fun activities one can do all around our city. We have a wide range of game reserves at affordable prices. The crime rate is a bit at its peak at the moment but it’s nothing our law enforcement can’t handle.

A person moving into the Polokwane city must expect to find moderate traffic, friendly faces and a small town with a beautiful landscape. There isn’t much if any high rise buildings here. When coming into the city, from whichever hometown, they should be open minded. You just might like it. It too does have it’s fair share of ups and downs, much like any other.

Noluthando, says: 2020

Polokwane is the capital city of the Limpopo Province in South Africa. It lies on the Northern part of South Africa with temperatures as low as 12 degrees Celsius and reaching a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius. The five of eleven official languages of South Africa are widely spoken in the province, which are; Sepedi, English, Afrikaans, xiTsonga and tshiVenda.

Khanyisa, says: 2020

Someone moving to our city must be aware of the climatic conditions of our city as it tends to be hot, thus most people coming from cooler regions may find it hard to adjust. One other thing to be taken into consideration is the crime activities that are currently taking place.

Makhauta, says: 2020

Polokwane has the most beautiful sunny weather, however it can be freezing in winter. It’s culture-oriented, so you will always be fascinated by people wearing traditional attire, singing traditional songs. There are a lot of entertainment options, including festivals, sports, and great mountains and rivers for those who love the outdoors.

Nicole, says: 2020

It is a peaceful place, hence the name means ‘place of rest’. It is a good place to raise children, and has great schools. The culture is very diverse, it features a number of different tribes living together in harmony. You will often find the Sepedi, the Xitsonga and the Vhavenda tribes.

My city Polokwane, is a small but infinitely charming town situated in the most northern province of South Africa, the Limpopo Province.  It is famous for its impressive scenery and stunning historical sites, such as Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Air Museum, which is a reconstruction of what a typical African village would have looked like hundreds of years ago. It is also home to a wide variety of wildlife.  Take a day to visit one of our game reserves and enjoy an array of wildlife species and scenic walks. 

Zolile, says: 2020

There are times when public transport is a problem, especially during month end. One other thing about transport is that it is expensive. Weather conditions are hardly ever harsh. Accommodation can be almost impossible to find if one doesn’t make a booking few days prior. People this side are very welcoming, there are just those that take advantage of new residents.

My city is beautiful, very convenient as we have a university and schools nearby. There is easy access to shops an all other necessity. We also have very remarkable landmarks for family outings or for own pleasure. The good thing is it’s a very good neighborhood and everyone is friendly and always looking out for another one.

Alizwa, says: 2020

It is the land for agriculture. It’s warmer even in winter time. It’s a small town. People are warm and welcoming. We have a coast weather. We have sports and training facilities. We play traditional games and eat lot traditional food. We have fun night at clubs and casinos. We have a heritage sites.

Nkazimulo, says: 2020

Polokwane is a small yet beautiful city. A quiet, calm and slow-pace city, suitable for retirees or anyone that isn’t really fascinated by life in a “big city”. Should one have a demanding lifestyle or way of living, Polokwane is the perfect city to get away from all the stress and frustration. As small as it may be, a lot is possible.

Koketso, says: 2020

It is a vibrant city full of different people and cultures. The food is amazing, and so is the various activities you can engage in. There are also entertainment events that one can choose to go to, with different celebrities and artists. There crime rate is still on the rise, however there are precautions been taken to deal with this.

The high temperatures during summer. The area is a semi-arid region with abundance of thorn-bush trees. During summer, ice-pops are sold everywhere. During sunny days you will rarely see people out and about as mostly the come out as the sunsets. The rains are mostly thunderstorms and flooding which damage homes.

Sisonke, says: 2020

Polokwane is a big city, surrounded by beautiful residential places such as Florah park, Westernbeg and Bendor. It also has great schools for primary and high school kids. We have a stadium in which children and all other people play sports. There is also an airport to make traveling easier.

Tamsyn, says: 2020

My city is very hot. You need to adapt to the hot weather and don’t forget to use sunscreen. We have many informal business which do very well because the people are very talented. Farming is very important in our city as a huge percent of farmers depend on selling agricultural produce.

Polokwane is a beautiful and quiet city. It’s perfect for working and for the average guy. Its people are warm and friendly. There are beautiful landscapes and many popular sites to visit. As the main city in Limpopo it enjoys an influx of Limpompians who go to Joburg to make money and then settle in Limpopo. It’s a growing city with a lot to offer.

Barbie, says: 2020

My city has good cultural diversity, it has people from different cultures. There is Venda, Sepedi and Tsonga culture. Despite the variations in our culture, we all share love and respect. Polokwane City has a university called University of Limpopo and many colleges. I’m very proud to be living in this city, it has taught me a lot.

Polokwane is a peaceful and slow city. It is surrounded by beautiful scenic mountains and long rivers. It is the perfect place for a person that is looking for a slow and quiet environment. There are three dominant cultural groups that are friendly and welcoming. There are no tall buildings or heavy traffic.

Charne, says: 2020

Polokwane City is the biggest shopping center and capital city of Limpopo province. But except from it being the main city, it has plenty of game reserves, the greatest African jazz clubs, art museum. From its sunny weather to having people with different languages located in it and experimenting with all the different traditional food.

Lerato, says: 2020

The beauty and safety of the City. And How it has different cultures and a rich Historical Background. it would be an amazing place to stay in. It also has a small town which would not get a visitor Lost. Lastly, the friendliness of the people who are staying in the City.

Malose, says: 2020

The climate here is over the charts, days are very hot and nights are warm. There’s always traffic on the roads and many trucks pass here everyday, there are always car accidents. The people are very friendly and welcoming, the nightlife is wild, we even call each other “mata”.

Polokwane is a small city. It is the capital of the Limpopo province. It has malls, an airport and entertainment centers such as casinos. It is not far from the Beit Bridge, which borders Zimbabwe and South Africa. It is also close to the Kruger National Park, where one cold enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife.

Thandokazi, says: 2020

My city is very hot so it needs someone who can adjust and adapt very quick to the environment. Sometimes weather are unpredictable as the change in a small amount of time. People from my city are really friendly and caring if you are a good person, the community often helps those in need.

Boipelo, says: 2020

Polokwane is not a particularly pretty town, nor does it boast any special tourist attractions. It’s dry, and warm, and there’s more dust than there are trees, but the people are great, and there are a few really great restaurants, and excellent coffee shops. It’s worthy to note that all necessities are easily accessible.

Privilege, says: 2020

Polokwane is the capital of Limpopo. We have many shopping centers and a few malls. The place is an exciting user friendly environment as it has multiple medical facilities and schools. In the heart of Polokwane we have a museum that stores the history of the town. It is an amazing place to settle.

Nkosikhona, says: 2020

We are a city that has diverse culture and the most beautiful landmarks in the country. Polokwane is the city that is green year-round and we supply the major cities with the best fresh produce, we also thrive off the tourism industry in our Province.

Philile, says: 2020

The people in my city are nice and most of tuck shops here makes the best voetkoks. We have a lot of cultural people. Culture is followed strictly so. The City is small with a lot of interesting features. We are of different race and beliefs but we try as much as we can to respect each other.

Olwethu, says: 2020

Polokwane is a very safe city. It is surrounded by mountains. There are different mode of transport that people use to go to the city from areas outside the city. When traveling from Johannesburg, there is a huge traffic circle where Polokwane started. Many government offices in Limpopo province are in Polokwane.

Ashleigh, says: 2020

there is an airport in polokwane, we have a university in Mankweng which is University of limpopo. There are three malls in Polokwane namely Savannah mall, Polokwane mall and Mall of the north. When you get to mankweng you will notice that there are many rooms available for students who want to live off-camp.

If moving to Polokwane, do avoid the downtown as there is a high crime rate. Uptown, Although a little costly, has wonderful parks and the air is clean. And also, there are a lot of grocery shops and a mall. The mall is within a five KM radius. I do hope you come to Polokwane.

Raydene, says: 2020

Polokwane is a very beautiful city where one could find lot of recreational places to have fun. It is a city full of people throughout the day and night and it has a lot of car movements. One could find it to be more interesting because they will be interacting with people from different races.

Nthabiseng, says: 2020

I’m from a small area just outside Polokwane. The area is made of townhouses. We are a loving neighborhood, we treat each other like family. When it comes to security, the area is well protected as we having patrolling cars and a police station. We also have a sports ground for soccer and rugby.

Yanelisa, says: 2020

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