Capricorn


The Capricorn district...

... takes its name from the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through this diverse landscape.

The region includes the provincial capital of Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg), which is centrally located in Limpopo. Polokwane was one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The city has a certain charm to it, whether it be from the wide, jacaranda-lined avenues or the architecture of a former time.

Here visitors can choose from a variety of cultural attractions. One example is the Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Museum - an open-air ‘living’ museum. Visitors can interactively learn about the Northern Sotho (or Pedi) culture and explore a traditional Northern Sotho tribal village as it existed 250 years ago. There are demonstrations of traditional fire making, maize grinding and beer brewing. The craft shop sells handmade traditional items such as pottery, wood carving, bead work, traditional clothing, grass woven items, traditional drums, hunting weapons and basketry at reasonable prices.

The Hugh Exton Photographic Museum is located in a Dutch Reformed church from the 19th century. This museum houses a 23 000-strong cultural and historical photo collection of Polokwane and its people. 

The Polokwane Museum building is an example of the beautiful Late Victorian style. In 1986 it was restored to its original splendour when it was declared a museum. Exhibits depict themes from all the different peoples and cultures in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

The Polokwane Game Reserve, just 15km south of town, is one of the biggest municipal-owned game reserves in South Africa. The reserve is both accessible and popular, and visitors can drive a large portion of it in a single day. The reserve has a number of walking trails, including a one-day 20km hiking trail with overnight accommodation. There are frequent sightings of white rhino and other game – a total of 21 species in all.

The Polokwane Smelter opened for production in March 2003 and at full capacity it is able to process 650 000 tons of concentrate from existing and new platinum mines on the Eastern Limb.

The Capricorn district outside of Polokwane...

... includes the Blouberg Nature Reserve. This reserve has the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape Vultures - situated on the southern cliffs of Blouberg Mountain. Cape Vultures are regular sightings in this area, while Ruppell’s Vulture are more than likely and the Cape Griffon is a bit more rare. Blouberg is also home to a rich rock-art collection. Visitors should make use of the services of a guide to assist in interpreting the many paintings.

Early prospectors first discovered gold in South Africa on a farm named Eersteling, which is located near the village of Marabastad, 30km southeast of Polokwane. Mining started in May 1874 and continued until the second Anglo- Boer War (1899 - 1902) when the mine was shut down.

The Zion Christian Church has its headquarters at Zion City Moria in the Limpopo province. The ZCC was founded in 1924 by Engenas Lekganyane. It has become the largest African Initiated Church in southern Africa, with some 10-15 million members. The ZCC places an emphasis on divine and faith healing, purification rites, dancing, night communion, river baptism, the holy spirit, and prophesying, amongst others.

The Zebediela Citrus Estate is located in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality within the Capricorn district. It is one of the largest citrus estates in the Limpopo province and South Africa. It all started in 1918 when, over a nine year period, thousands of citrus trees were planted on a portion of the land. In 2003 the land was returned to its original owners, the Bjatladi community. Acres of navels, valencias and eureka lemons are included in the fruit trees on the farm. Accommodation is available at the farm.

Alldays is a small town in Limpopo and is very popular among rock climbers, Big Five game viewers and hunters. Visitors can find giant baobab trees and there are massive wild fig and nyala trees that grow abundantly around Alldays.