Potchefstroom is a city situated on the N12 treasure route that offers all the amenities you would expect from a city but also offers a rural atmosphere, safe environment and beautiful surroundings, all only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
A rich cultural history as well as the close proximity to the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site and Vaal River, makes Potchefstroom the ideal base to explore the region. Beautiful Historical buildings, galleries and parks on the banks of the Mooi River offer our visitors an opportunity to truly experience our culture and heritage.
Excellent sports and medical facilities combined with our high altitude and relative warm winters make Potchefstroom an ideal training base for athletes from all over the world, some of whom call Potchefstroom home for up to six months at a time.
Other world class sports facilities include the NWU Astro hockey fields and Senwes park Cricket Stadium where many international games take place as well as High Performance Institute at the North West University.
Our City has a diverse and stable economy with at least five tertiary institutions and several training facilities. A healthy industrial manufacturing industry includes, amongst many others, the manufacturing of sophisticated mining equipment, arms and world class gliders.
On behalf of the people of Potchefstroom we would like to wish all our visitors a memorable stay.
Welcome to the City of Expertise!
The origin of the NWU Botanical Garden dates back to 1962 when Dr, W.J. Louw, a botany lecturer, developed the garden to supply plant material for botany practical’s.
The banks of the Mooi River in van Rooy and Meul streets are popular picnic spots among locals and small groups of people on picnic blankets can often be seen here.
Potchefstroom’s Oak Avenue of 6.48km comprises Chris Hani Drive, Kock st, Dr Beyers Naudé Ave, Retief St, Peter Mokaba, Steve Biko and Calderbank Avenues. It stretches from the Agricultural College to the Lakeside Resort. There are more than 700 Oak trees and each tree is geo-tagged.
Boskop dam and Nature Reserve is located in the Mooi River valley 20km north of Potchefstroom. The 3 000 hectares of rolling grasslands and 3.47km of shoreline on the clear waters of Boskop dam.
Well known as the sports hub of the NW Province, our city boasts world class facilities. World cup cricket was successfully hosted in 2003 and the 2010 Soccer World Cup winners had their base camp in Potchefstroom. Olën Park Rugby Stadium and PUK McArthur Athletics stadium are also widely used facilities.
The Potchefstroom Museum forms a fascinating link with the historical and cultural past of the Transvaal. A Voortrekker leader, a president, an artist and a poet – memories of these four diverse characters linger on in the picturesque Highveld town of Potchefstroom.
It is believed that President MW Pretorius built this traditional dwelling with its coach house, stable and smithy in 1868. The homestead with its tranquil farmyard recalls an urban Boer culture which has long since disappeared.
It is the only existing example of an early townhouse, “Dorpshuis” built around Nieuwe Market Square. The other was the old Hervormde parsonage, demolished in 1974.
It is a fine example of Edwardian style architecture, with it shuttered sash windows and wooden veranda. It is now a museum reflecting Totius’ life.