Also known as "Potch" for short.
Being the second ever settlement by Europeans in what used to be the Traansvaal, Potchefstroom is rich in colonial history. Founded by the "Voortrekkers" in 1838, the town was part of its own republic in conjunction with Winburg. From 1858 to 1860, Potchefstroom became of the capital of the South African Republic. It was also the site of a British concentration camp in the Second Boer War, where Boer women and children were imprisoned.
Today, the city is a university town, with the large North-West University teaching 35,000 students. As such, expect to see many young adults around Potchefstroom and for the atmosphere to be fun and exciting. The main people you see around the town will either be University students or professors.
Potchefstroom is known for its sport, even hosting several important international matches.
By car The only practical way in is by car
Festivals Potchesfstroom hosts the annual Aardklop Arts Festival, where major Afrikaans singers and artists perform and with theme park rides, shopping, conventions and craft markets. It is worth seeing for anybody who's interested in the Afrikaner minority of South Africa and their ever-changing modern culture.