Cheap Flights to Polokwane
Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo Province up near the border with Zimbabwe, is a vibrant city within a fairly poor province. There are cheap flights to Polokwane (PTG) from Johannesburg, and two cities on the southern coast, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth with either South African Airways, the national carrier or Airlink.
It makes Polokwane very accessible and indeed it was a venue during the 2010 Soccer World Cup when many overseas supporters were able to enjoy seeing 4 games during the Group Stages; Slovenia beat Algeria, Argentina beat Greece, Paraguay draw with New Zealand and Mexico surprise France. Its attractions include the Polokwane Game Reserve close by, Meropa Casino and Entertainment World. A trip south to the Voortrekker Monument and the Irene Concentration Camp provide impressive reminders of the history of the region.
Airports in Polokwane
Polokwane Airport opened just over 20 years ago. It is fairly small but has all the facilities that air travelers require including a retail section, information desk, ATMs and car rental facilities.
If you want to explore Polokwane and the Province in general, you may decide to rent a car, and get the maps you will need to get around.
Transport in Polokwane
There are excellent shuttle services for everyone from individuals to groups, standard or luxury. You can book your transport in advance of flying in, and ensure your collection in ample time before your flight out of Polokwane.
Rail links into Polokwane and thence the airport are good, though road travel is the normal way to go between the city and the airport.
If you arrange cheap flights to Polokwane, you can be certain of traveling to your ultimate destination without trouble.
There are around 5.5 million people in Limpopo Province, the vast majority being black. More than half speak Sepedi with Xitsonga and Tshivenda also common.
English is widely understood and spoken in the city at hotels, restaurants and within businesses including of course by tour and safari companies (Vuwa Safari) which can look after your every need.
If you go for a simple meal in an ordinary restaurant you can expect to pay around R 105. A 3-course meal in a better place but not 5-star ought to be around R 240 per person. The local beer is likely to be about R 25 for 0.5 liters, with imported beer more expensive at R 30 but for just 0.33 liters.
If you decide to have a cappuccino at the end of your meal, or anytime else, you will find it will cost you R 24.
When it comes to a cigarette brand, Marlborough is a good example; a pack will cost R 40.
If you hire a taxi, the initial charge will be R 20 with a further R 10.25 for every kilometer you travel. Should you decide to hire a car, gasoline is R 13 a liter to add to your rental charge.
Weather in Polokwane
It is never cold by day any month of the year. The most rainfall is during the summer while the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring are largely warm and dry. There are long periods of no rain in Polokwane.
It can be cool at night; it has to be remembered that Polokwane is over 1,300 meters above sea level, so temperatures are obviously affected, especially at night.
Best time to fly to Polokwane
Polokwane receives visitors all year round. If you book cheap flights to Polokwane from Johannesburg, the journey is less than an hour so the city and Limpopo Province as a whole is easily accessible to all. While there is likely to be rain during the summer months between November and February, there is plenty to see and do and there is plentiful accommodation, and often special offers as well.
The dry season is the best for wildlife viewing because the animals are more reliant on waterholes; tourists as well as predators are well aware of that. With Johannesburg often the starting point for tourists on safari, and Polokwane on the main road north and east to many wildlife areas, flying into Polokwane brings those animals ever closer.