Geography and history
Potchefstroom is a farming town situated in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region of the North West Province in South Africa. It was founded in 1838 on the banks of the Mooi River by Andries Potgieter and his trekkers. Potchefstroom was then Transvaal’s oldest Voortrekker town and later became the capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.
The Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University is a popular choice of tertiary education for students. This town is known for its industrial, service and agricultural growth and include industries such as steel, food and chemical processing. Potchefstroom or as it is now named: Tlokwi also means: City of Expertise • Motswe Wa Boitseanape • Stad van Deskundigheid .
There are various types of visitor accommodation available in the Potchefstroom area. Tourists can stay the night in one of many bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, guest houses, lodges, hotels and camping sites. Please go to our accommodation directory for a complete list of places to stay in the area.
A wonderful spectrum of activities and attractions are available in Potchefstroom. This town is loaded with history and natural surroundings. Tourists are encouraged to visit the Boskop Dam Nature Reserve. Anglers can enjoy the tranquil dam whilst the whole family take a stroll along the dam and settle into one of the many picnic spots.
Other things to do in Potchefstroom include:
- Hikes and Trails
- Mampoer Tasting
- Old Fort and Cemetery (Anglo-Boer War)
- OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary
- Potchefstroom Lakeside Resort
- President Pretorius Museum
Potchefstroom has a thriving business community. There are loads of shops, souvenirs, local products and restaurants to choose from. The businesses in the area are all of very high quality. Please see our business directory if you would like more information on all the businesses in the area.
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