- North West
Potchefstroom is situated in the North West Province of South Africa.
Situated on the banks of the Mooi River, Potchefstroom has a friendly, vibrant community life offering its visitors various attractions and activities. It boasts a rich and varied historical and cultural legacy, including declared national monuments, such as the longest Oak Tree Avenue in the Southern Hemisphere, a definite attraction of the beautiful city.
It is largely an academic city, home to five tertiary institutions with the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University (NWU), being the largest and oldest NWU campus with a history going back 146 years. The Campus has a long standing track record of delivering high-quality graduates and conducting pioneering research.
Potchefstroom is also known for its Arts, hosting the very popular Aardklop Arts Festival, the monthly Art Market in the City Council gardens and the Sanlam Auditorium serves both the city and surrounding towns with high calibre theatre.
Accommodation in and around Potchefstroom includes a choice of hotels, guesthouses, self-catering units, B&B’s and backpackers.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Potchefstroom Museum
- Totius Museum
- President Potgieter Museum
- MooiRivier Mall
- Oak Tree Avenue
- OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary
- Potchefstroom Golf Course
- Art Markets
- NWU Art Gallery
- Boskop Dam Nature Reserve
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels. Winter nights can drop below freezing.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 18˚C.
Road trips from Johannesburg to Potchefstroom will take approximately one and a half hours (123 km) via the N12.
October – Aardklop Arts Festival: Five days of top theatre productions as well as music concerts from top South African Artists
Potchefstroom is the oldest European town in the former Transvaal and was the former capital of the South African Republic. A tangible atmosphere of the pioneer days of the Voortrekkers still survives.
It was founded in 1838 by the Voortrekker leader Andries Hendrik Potgieter after his victory in the Nine Days Battle with the Matabele.
In 1854 the capital was shifted to Pretoria, but Potchefstroom retained its commercial and cultural importance. The first newspaper in the Transvaal, the Transvaal Argus, was printed here on 8 May 1866.
The first shot in the Anglo-Transvaal War was fired in Potchefstroom on 16 December 1881, when 500 Republicans rode into the town and occupied the printing works.
Potchefstroom is the centre of an agricultural area producing maize, vegetables, fruit and poultry. It is the headquarters of the North West Command of the Department of Defence, with a large training camp and artillery range.
The Dutch Reformed Church opened a theological school in 1905 which has grown into the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.
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The city's business centre comprises of a variety of commercial firms, including shopping centers of large chain store groups, as well as office space for the numerous professional services. The Kerk Street semi-pedestrian mall adds a colourful…More
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