Potchefstroom is an energetic, academic city, hosting the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University. The community are friendly and helpful, consisting of mostly Afrikaans speakers. This area is known as the North-West Province's Home of Sport and is a home away from home for many international athletes and teams. With no large industries, this area has very clean air, and a low crime rate.
Map of Area and Surrounds
Potchefstroom plays host to Aardklop every year, a cultural festival which incorporates Afrikaans theatre, dance, music, cabaret and visual arts. A large craft market and open-air performances also form part of the event.
The Mooi Rivier Mall has over 100 stores. It boasts food and entertainment facilities that overlook the Mooi River including a cinema, and games at the Magic Company. The Botanical Gardens is also a big attraction for the young and old.
There are many parks and reserves in the area including Boskop Dam Nature Reserve, Dome Bergland Nature Park and Buffelsvlei Wild Animal Park. These parks and reserves are great places for locals to frequent for entertainment or just to socialise.
It's common for Potchefstroom locals to spend time fishing at Potchefstroom dam, or spending a few nights camping. Rugby is possibly the most popular sport in Potchefstroom, and Olën Park is the main rugby stadium.