Attraction in Potchefstroom area:
Potchefstroom is an important industrial growth point of North West Province. Potchindustria houses, inter alia, steel, food and chemical industries which concentrate on delivering locally, nationally an internationally. Increasing interest and investment, even by foreign industrialists, reflect the vitality and potential of this sector. The City Council's marketing program is geared towards paying special attention to each new investor and presenting the best package to suit his needs.
Apart from sports and recreational activities, the city offers a rich variety of entertainment. The Sanlam Auditorium of the North-West University serves as theatre for the city and neighboring towns. Performances to a large extent meet the cultural needs of the community. Local and other artists of high caliber perform regularly in the well-equipped venues. Student life contributes greatly to the entertainment program of the community.
Despite the town's conservative image and ultra conservative history, a surprisingly large community exists in town, mostly among the students.
NWU Botanical Garden
The NWU Botanical Garden is situated adjacent to the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University. It covers an area of almost 3 hectares. Most of the plants in the Botanical Garden are indigenous with the exception of a few exotic plants which are of botanical or medicinal interest. A section of the Botanical Garden, around a man-made ridge, is managed as a natural field garden while the rest of the Botanical Garden is more intensively managed. A variety of mammals, birds, amphibians and fish have made the garden their home in recent years providing a whole new dimension to the Botanical Garden.
A shopping mall opened early in 2008 with over 100 stores. It boasts food and entertainment facilities that overlook the Mooi River. The mall provides alternative shopping facilities for the surrounding towns such as Carletonville, Ventersdorp Parys and Fochville.
Lakeside Holiday Resort
Situated on the banks of the Potchefstroom Dam in the Mooi River, offers chalets, a caravan park, a variety of facilities and entertainment such as water sports, angling, a swimming pool and a supertube.
Dome Bergland Nature Park
The site of a meteorite impact some 2 000 million years ago. A fascinating geographic phenomenon in that it is different in shape and vegetation from its surrounding areas. Creating the richest gold reef in the world, many trails take visitors to this remarkable natural feature and many activities are on offer, including hiking, riverrafting, canoeing, mountain climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and fly fishing.
Boskop Dam Nature Reserve
Yachting takes place on the waters of this dam.
The complete history of human experience and interaction in the area is covered by this museum.
The city has many buildings and other structures that have been declared national monuments, such as: The Old Gunpowder House, Old Police Station Building, Kruger Kraal Opstal, Heimat Building, Magistrate's Office.
The city boasts what is hailed to be the longest oak lane in the Southern Hemisphere, which stems 6.84 km (4 mi), cover an area from the Agricultural College to the Lakeside Holiday Resort. The oak lane was planted in 1910, and was declared a national heritage site in 1976.
Despite Stellenbosch being known as the "City of Oaks", Potchefstroom actually has more of these trees.
Newly reformed mosque (2007) in the heart of the town added more value for Muslim people living in the town and its surroundings. New reformed two storied mosque is air-conditioned and nicely covered the floors with beautiful and expensive carpets. It is a nice meeting place for Muslim people, who are living in this area, especially on Friday during weekly prayer.
The country's oldest Reformed Churches and its oldest stone-built Hervormde Church are found in the town. St Mary's Anglican Church, built in 1891, is notable for its magnificent stained glass windows. The NG Moedergemeente building burnt down in July 2007 and is currently being restored.
The Green Belt
10 km running along side the Mooi River in the centre of the city, hosts the 18-hole country club, twice the venue for South African Open tournaments.nb,nb,m
OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary
Which attracts bird lovers from far and wide to its +- 200 bird species.
Buffelsvlei Wild Animal Park
Buffelsvlei has the following activities available: Game drives with or without guide, hiking, bicycle riding, horse riding, swimming, clay-pigeon shooting, biltong and trophy hunting. There is a volleyball court, a bar with DSTV and a pool table, picnic and braai facilities.
The stately City Hall in Edwardian Classicist design was inaugurated on 10 March 1909 by the then Colonial Secretary, General Jan Smuts (Jenkins, 1971:104). Together with the City Hall of Krugersdorp it is the oldest existing City Hall north of the Vaal River in South Africa. The western façade is strictly symmetrical with the 26 m (85 ft)-high ornamental, domed tower as a central axis. The clockwork and bell with its Westminster chimes were manufactured in the Netherlands. The building cost 12,000 pounds at the time.
The Trim Park is situated in the Green Belt area adjacent to the Mooi River. This natural paradise through which the Mooi River trail meanders, is a delightful recreational area and has lately also developed as an ideal venue for shows and other festivities.
A monthly activity which has become a familiar sight in the City Council gardens. A colourful and gay atmosphere is created by the exhibitions of a wide variety of home industries. The market gives residents and tourists the opportunity to make interesting purchases.
The city's business centre comprises a variety of commercial firms, including shopping centres of large chain store groups, as well as office space for the numerous professional services. The Kerk Street semi-pedestrian mall adds a colourful character to the business centre which makes every visit a highly enjoyable experience.
The Bult is synonymous with the student community of Potchefstroom and offers a wide variety of restaurants and pubs as part of its business centre.
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