Solo Female Travel in Polokwane

Located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Polokwane is a vibrant and bustling city known for its cultural diversity and rich history. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, offering an abundance of wildlife preserves such as the Polokwane Game Reserve, where zebras, antelopes and over 200 bird species can be observed. Devoted to the preservation of local culture and history, Polokwane is also home to the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum, which houses a valuable collection of over 20,000 glass negatives capturing the initial years of the city, and the Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum, showcasing the traditional lifestyle of the North Sotho people. Visitors can also enjoy the thriving local food scene, or shop for traditional crafts at the many markets.

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Polokwane is generally safe for solo female travelers, but it is advisable to remain cautious as in any city. Crime does exist, but by respectably dressing, not displaying wealth, and avoiding isolated areas especially at night, one can reduce potential risks. Private transport or using trusted taxi services, especially during the night, is recommended. Always keep your belongings secured and within sight.


Polokwane is a relatively small city in South Africa and offers a somewhat moderate ease of getting around. Though it lacks an extensive public transport network, there are local mini-bus taxis and a few ride-hailing services. However, traffic can be unpredictable and certain rural areas could be challenging to reach without a private vehicle. Walking and cycling options do exist but could be limited directly in the city center. Additionally, signposts are not always clear and you may require assistance or a reliable navigation system to find your way around.

Things to do:Moderate

Polokwane is a lesser-known destination in South Africa that offers a bit of everything. You'll find wildlife encounters at the Polokwane Game Reserve and Meropa Wildlife Park. For history and culture, the Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum provides insight into local tribes' lifestyles. While the city isn't bustling like Johannesburg or Cape Town, there's still plenty to see and do. But you might find it less exciting if you're used to more vibrant urban environments or extensive cultural landmarks. Also, remember to always ensure safety precautions while traveling.

Food:Above average

Polokwane provides a pleasing culinary experience that is both appealing and diverse. The destination offers an array of African cuisines with influences from other parts of the world. Traditional dishes and street food are a must-try. Global food chains are also available for those craving familiar tastes. However, it falls short of a perfect score as it's not as diverse as more metropolitan cities.


Polokwane is moderately budget-friendly for solo female travelers. Accommodation, food, and transportation can be found at reasonable prices, especially if you're willing to stay in budget hostels or use local transport. However, some attractions or safaris may come with a higher price tag.

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