Polokwane might be better known be people under its former name: Pietersburg. In February of 2005 the name was changed to Polokwane, meaning 'place of safety' in the Northern Sotho language. The city is the capital of the Limpopo province, the most Northern province of South Africa. The city has over 500,000 inhabitants, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the southern hemisphere. It will be one of the host cities of the World Cup Football in 2010. Games will be played at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Polokwane is a good starting point for many kinds of Ecotourism. It is en route to the northern part of the Kruger National Park, and the Tzaneen and Magoebaskloof areas. Close to the city you will find the Pieters Game Reserve
The big upcoming event on the South African horizon is of course the FIFA World Cup beginning on the 11th of June 2010. One of the most prestigious and popular world sporting events, the World Cup 2010 promises to bring throngs of passionate supporters from around the globe. Held once every four years, it's a football tournament (known as soccer in South Africa) where 32 world nations vie for the famous golden trophy.
Polokwane will be hosting some of the World Cup 2010 matches at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which has a capacity of 46,000.
Polokwane lies on a plateau 1,230 metres above sea level, and therefor has a moderate climate, with temperatures are 11 °C in winter to around 22 °C in summer.
Polokwane International Airport (IATA: PTG, ICAO: FAPP) is located 5 kilometres north of the city, and is upgraded with the World Cup in 2010 approaching. There are daily flights to Johannesburg carried out by South African Airways.
In Polokwane, like most South African cities, public transport is limited. Visitors arriving in Polokwane by plane have the option of hiring a car. Avis, Hertz, Budget and First Car Rental all provide car hire at the Polokwane Airport.
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The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet.
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