ACCOMMODATION IN POTCHEFSTROOM
This medium-sized city is a pleasant mix of a university town and an urban centre serving a large agricultural community. It was the first capital of the Transvaal Republic, and was also a republic in its own right for a few years in the 1840s. There are lots of beautiful old buildings, monuments and museums including one in an old fort, and one in a house dating from 1850. Situated on the banks of the Mooi River, the town is surrounded by open space, water and small game reserves that offer respite from the urban hustle, such as it is. The Dome Conservancy, with its many hiking and mountain biking trails, is nearby.