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The Arend Dieperink Museum is situated in Mokopane in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The Museum is housed in a charming old stone building, originally built as a school. It showcases the history of the area from over 3 million years ago, from the time of the ape-man at Makapan’s Caves and right through the Anglo-Boer War. The museum has a valuable cultural and historical collection of Sotho and Voortrekker artifacts and implements that details the human occupation of the area.

The typical Bushveld House exhibition shows how early white farmers lived and demonstrations are available on request, so don’t forget to ask to try the freshly baked bread and Mampoer, a locally brewed “moonshine”. Vintage farm implements, tractors and wagons are showcased outdoors.

The Makapan’s Caves can only be visited on a guided tour and these can be arranged when visiting the museum.

Things to do and see

  • Guided Tour to Makapan’s Caves & Heritage Site
  • “Caves through Ages” Exhibition
  • Replica of a typical Bushveld House
  • Piet Potgieter’s Grave site


Open Monday to Friday between 07300 to 16h00

Tours to the Makapan’s Caves must be pre-arranged. Please contact the museum directly.


Makopane experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring in December and January.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 86˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 21˚C.


Driving to Makopane from Johannesburg will take approximately 3 hours along the N1.

There are daily flights into Polokwane International Airport from O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and Mokapane is approximately 59 km from Polokwane. Car rental facilities are available.

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