Potgietersrus, or Mokopane as the village is nowadays also called, is located in the Limpopo province. Because Potgietersrus is about a two-hour drive from Gauteng, it is a good stopping place for people traveling through to Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park. The beautiful bushveld and the influence of Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Sesotho and the African and English culture give the village a unique character.
The area that is mainly characterized by bushveld, with many acacia trees and succulents, also has an agricultural value because it is rich in grain, tobacco, cotton, corn, nuts and citrus fruits. In addition, the soil here is rich and of enormous value due to the minerals being mined there; Platinum, granite and diamonds see the light of day here. You can visit the diamond and platinum mines. You can make bookings for this at the information center.
Hendrik Potgieter is the Voortrekker who settled here in 1852, he called it Vredenburg, but in 1858 it was given the name of Piet Potgieter by another Voortrekker. The name Mokopane is to honor the Ndebele chief with the same name.
At the Mokopane Nature Reserve and Game Breeding Center you can go on a tour or game drive with a guide. The breeding center has many different and special African animals, but also animals from the rest of the world are taken care of here.
There are numerous caves in the area that are of Archaeological significance. Millions of millions of years old revealed secrets in the form of a 3.3 million year old Monkey-Man and numerous fossils of plants and animals. Want to know more about the history and archaeological finds of Potgietersrus and the surrounding area? Visit the Arend Dieperink Museum.Add to my travel plans