Notices

Summer in Polokwane

Polokwane in South Africa is also called as Pietersburg. As the capital of Limpopo Province, Polokwane was established back in 1884 as the chief industrial and agricultural center for the sparsely populated province. The town of Polokwane is situated in a superficial hollow that is bordered by enormous grass plains, making it a dull scenario. Take note that Polokwane offers alternative routes to Kruger. Despite the location of Polokwane, it is also considered as the ideal spot for both tourists and residents to enjoy and have fun during the summer season. If you are wondering what the ideal time to visit Polokwane is? You have to take note that the town offers a pleasurable climate even during the summer. The temperature during the summer season is regulated by the elevation and during the winter season, the normal temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.

Since it is the regional capital, the city developed in a fast manner throughout the years and is considered as the biggest center amid Tshwane and Harare. If you were able to pass through the surrounding countryside, you might be surprised to discover that you will drive in through a bustling center that has broad roads that are lined with trees, towering buildings and traffic.

As part of the summer activities that you will partake in Polokwane, you should take time to tour around the place. The initial stop for majority of tourists is the Irish House which houses the Polokwane Museum. The history of the structure is very interesting as the collection it has to offer. The building is basically a steel structure. It is the best example of the late Victorian architecture along with wrought-iron decorations and topped with a clock tower and weather vane. The museum provides tourists with an outline of collection that traces the history of the area starting from the Stone Age until the modern age.

The Hugh Exton Photographic Museum which is located in the gardens forming the civic square is housed in the primary Dutch Reformed Church that dates back to 1890. As part of your summer activities, do not miss out on this destination. You will be amazed with the remarkable collection of prints as well as glass negatives that traces the initial 50 years of Pietersburg. Of course, the Polokwane Art Museum offers a fine collection of South African modern art as well as sculpture from the Jacobus Bote’s collection.

As for the surrounding areas of Polokwane, you should include visiting the Polokwane Nature Reserve as part of your summer activities during your stay. It is definitely fun and interesting to walk or drive through the 3200 hectare reserve and view the wildlife. Do not forget to drop by the one of the most important landmarks – Zion City. It is 30 km from Polokwane and even though it does not have a lot to offer to tourists, it is worthwhile visiting since it is the seat of the Zion Christian Church.

Spending your vacation in Polokwane during the summer is definitely the best choice. Make sure that you will include visiting the top landmarks both in the city and the surrounding region as part of your summer activities during your stay. Polokwane is definitely an interesting and fun location as long as you know where to go.

Emergency Numbers

With the lowest crime rates in South Africa, Polokwane is true to its name “Place of Safety”. However, as in other countries and tourist destinations around the wor​ld, there are few basic precautions visitors should take to ensure that their stay is as pleasant and safe as possible.

SAFETY TIPS AT THE HOTEL: 

•Never leave your luggage unattended
•Store valuables in the hotel’s safety deposit box
•Keep your room locked, whether you’re in or out
•If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door

IN THE STREET: 

•Avoid ostentatious display of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
•It’s definitely not advisable to carry large sums of money around
•At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
•It’s better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit busy streets
•Plan your route beforehand
•A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
•If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourism information office can recommend a reliable service
•Only use ATMs in well-lit areas
•Carry debit and credit card and traveller’s cheques instead of large amounts of money

IN THE CAR: ​

•Plan your route in advance
•Keep the doors locked at all times and wind up the windows
•Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk)
•At night, park in well-lit areas
•Never pick-up strangers
•If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 

Police 
•From a landline – 10111
•From a cellphone – 112
Police station 
•Polokwane – 015 290 6577/8
•Mankweng – 015 270 1000 / 082 532 5283
Emergency services 
•ER 24 Ambulance Service – 084 124
•Netcare Ambulance Service – 082 911
•Provincial Ambulance Service – 10177
•Medi-Clinic 24hr Emergency – 015 290 3747
•AA Breakdown Service – 0 800 01 01 01
•Fire Department – 015 293 1111
•Water Department – 015 290 2000
Hospitals 
Limpopo Medi-Clinic
 Address: Cnr. Thabo Mbeki & Burger Street
 Tel: 015 290 8600
Polokwane Provincial Hospital
 Address: Cnr. Hospital & Dorp Street
 Tel: 015 287 5000
After hours pharmacies 
Japie Visser Pharmacy
 Address: 17 Grobler Street
 Tel: 015 295 9171
Clicks Pharmacy
 Address: Standard Bank Square, Cnr. Hans Van Rensburg & Schoeman Street
 Tel: 015 291 1122
Clicks Pharmacy Cycad
 Address: Cycad Centre, Cnr. General Marits & Outspan Drive, Bendor
 Tel: 015 297 2489

AIRPORT 

Polokwane International Airport
 Tel: 015 288 0122
CALL CENTRE NUMBER 015 001 2010

SPCA Polokwane Adoption Process

SPCA Polokwane Pet Adoption Process

Step 1:Applicant personally visits the SPCA, and fully complete the Application to Adopt from the SPCA Polokwane premises.

Step 2:

All applicants pay and admin fee of R150 prior to inspection taking place at their residence. The fee forms part of the adoption fee if approved and if declined is non-refundable.

Step 3:

Application to be reviewed by SPCA Polokwane manager and inspector.

Step 4:

Applicant notified that they have been approved or declined and the reason given for such a decision.

Step 5:

Applicant views the animals and makes a choice. At this time a staff member will hold and informal interview with the applicant regarding their choice of animal/s.

Step 6:

Applicant’s whole family and other dog/s if applicable, returns to interact with the chosen animal/s to ensure that they and the animal/s are compatible.

Step 7:

Applicant signs the Adoption Contract and Sterilisation contract if the animal/s is still too young, and pays the adoption fee of R950 per dog and R500 per cat.

Step 8:

Animal/s is then sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and micro chipped.

Step 9:

Applicant collects the animal/s from the Mollie Hawken Animal Clinic.