Potchefstroom Travel Guide

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Potchefstroom Things to Do

  • Why are there so many oak trees in...

    (work in progress)If you decide to meander off the main drag in Potchefstroom, chances are that the feature that will strike you most is the huge number of oak trees that line the streets in the older part of town.In fact, I have happened across Internet references stating that there are reputedly more oak trees in Potch than there are in...

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  • Admire the Voortrekker memorial in Trim...

    I might not understand the Afrikaaner passion for monumental concrete, but I certainly share their enthusiasm for heroic stone carving! This is best illustrated by the staggeringly impressive Voortrekker monument in Pretoria, but is echoed by a small but beautiful memorial in Potch's Trim Park (just beside the City Hall). The memorial seems to...

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  • The enchanting Edwardian house of Totius

    The more I look in Potchefstroom, the more I find, and I am bewildered as to why such an interesting and attractive town should operate almost entirely below the VT radar!On my last visit to Potch (which I travel through regularly on business and often stop off in to break what is a very long journey), I decided to visit Totius' house. Jacob Daniël...

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  • The nucleus around which the university...

    Totius' House is part of a complex of buildings that were established when the Theological College of the Dutch Reformed Church relocated from Burgersfort to Potchefstroom in 1905.The Theological College created the nucleus around which the university developed, and explains its somewhat sonorous previous name: Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir...

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  • The old Snowflake flour factory

    Snowflake flour is one of those iconic South African brands which has endured over the decades, which seems somewhat ironic given the country's white supremacist past!The Snowflake flour mill is located next to the railway bridge and is now abandoned. It is clearly visible from the main road (on your left hand side heading south) and - at least to...

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  • The beautiful Old Post Office building

    The Landrost (Magistrate's) Post and Telegraph Office on Greyling Street is my favourite building in Potch, and is a late Victorian (1896) building that wouldn't look out of place in Tunbridge Wells!Life many of the older buildings in Potch, this is a national monument. The excellent website below informs me that the building was designed in a in a...

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  • Glimpses of long-gone elegance at the...

    I have always loved the look of the Kings Hotel in Potch, which captures the spirit of Victorian-era hotels throughout the British Empire. It reminds me of hotels in places like Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and the architecture is lovely - look at the other photos for the beautiful ironwork on the roof. It must have been a very impressive...

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  • Admire the Edwardian splendour of Potch...

    The City Hall in Potch is an impressive looking building, built in 1909 in an Edwardian Classicist style. It (along with Krugersdorp's Town Hall) is apparently the oldest town hall north of the Vaal River, which makes you realise how very recent our architectural heritage is. For those who are interested, the South African heritage legislation...

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  • Moederkerk - first Dutch Reformed Church...

    The First Dutch Reformed church in Potch was build in 1867-8 and was situated on the corner of Potgieter and Van Riebeeck Street. This was destroyed in 1881 during the First Boer War and rebuilt between 1894 and 1987. The significance of the building was such that the foundation stone was laid by Paul Kruger, the President of the Republic.Sadly...

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  • The way things were - the Goetz...

    The Goetz Fleischack Museum is housed in the former home of the local magistrate, and is the last surviving building of the townhouses that surrounded Potch's New Market Square (since demolished) in the mid 19th century.The structure was built between 1860 and 1863 and is unusual in that it is built in the style of a homestead (complete with...

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  • The quaintly beautiful Nederduits...

    The small but lovely Nederduits Hervormde church is located opposite the City Hall and was built by the first Voortrekker congregation in the Transvaal in 1842. However the church did not get its own minister until 1853.The original structure was designed so that it could serve as a fortification as well as a church. However, it rapidly became too...

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  • Aardklop

    Aardklop happens every year during the last week in September. It consists of theatre productions, art exhibitions; music shows, a massive flea market, lots of food stalls, beer gardens, street theatre, mime etc. Lots of things for kids like camel rides, horse carts, puppet or kiddies shows and lots more.Art festivals are booming in South Africa...

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Potchefstroom Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful not to contribute to...

    Mention Potch to most people who live in this part of the world, and they will roll their eyes and mutter darkly about speed traps. The speed limits - 60km/h in town and either 80km/h or 100km/h on the outskirts - endure for a frustratingly long distance either side of the town and are strictly enforced, and I strongly suspect that fines levied...

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  • Don't even bother with the Potch tourist...

    Unfortunately South Africa has almost infinite tourist potential, but one of the major limiting factors in terms of tourists experiencing full value from their visit (and wanting to return) is the uneven quality of tourist services. Staff in tourist offices are often poorly trained, clueless about the potential tourist attractions in the local area...

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Potchefstroom Sports & Outdoors

  • Bowl a maiden over!

    For those who read the title and thought that this was going to help you pick up local lovelies, you're going to be sadly disappointed, as probably the only way that you're going to score with a maiden (or any other woman) at Senwes park in Potchefstroom is with a cricket bat!Cricket seems to be an enormous source of bewilderment for those who are...

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  • Why are the road signs in Spanish?

    Potch is an exceedingly Afrikaans town, so why is there a series of road signs in Spanish along the main road?Answer: Potch was the host town for the Spanish soccer team during the 2010 World Cup, and given that their guests were victorious, one can only assume that Potch hospitality was so inspiring that the Spaniards couldn't bear to leave and...

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