By FOCUS REPORTER
The Limpopo Province will be a hive
of activity when they host the first leg of the 2011 Vodacom Challenge
where Kaizer Chiefs take on English visitors Tottenham Hotspur at the Peter
Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on July 16.
It marks a return to the province for the tournament after their successful
debut in 2009 when Orlando Pirates FC defeated Manchester City 2-0 in front
of a capacity crowd at the old Peter Mokaba facility, one that now sits in
the shadow of the new magnificent 2010 FIFA World CupT venue.
It is also another chance for fans to enjoy one of the most unique parts of
South Africa, a region that offers wildlife and nightlife in great
abundance, and a cultural heritage that is ancient and distinctive in its
The province prides itself as a growing tourist Mecca, with a wide variety
of places to visit for those wanting to experience the delights of the
region before or after they have enjoyed the football.
"Not only is the Limpopo Province a world-class sports destination, but
beyond the 90 minutes of the game there is plenty for visitors to see and
do," says Lulama Tshabalala, Executive Tourism and Marketing for Limpopo
Tourism and Parks. "We are home to three national parks, including the
world-famous Kruger National Park, and can provide exceptional game viewing
at an affordable price.
"Where else in the world can you step across the road from a sports stadium
and straight into a game drive? You can walk with lions, sit in the trunk of
a baobab tree that has been turned into a pub and, of course, enjoy a glass
of the world-renowned Amarula where it is made.
"You can see Africa's 'Big Five', while the adventurous can go abseiling,
bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, horse riding or kloofing. For those
that enjoy more traditional sports we have some magnificent golf courses in
the province too."
Other highlights of the region include the Holy tropical rainforest of
Lekgalameetse, the only internationally registered forest Church in the
world, the Modjadji cycard reserve, where visitors can view the largest
concentration of a single cycad species on the planet.
Then there is the Mapungubwe UNESCO world heritage site, also known as the
'Cradle of Humankind', and archaeological sites such as Sterkfontein and
Makapans Caves. Finally, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, the only 'savanna'
reserve of this type in southern Africa, provides another opportunity to see
The capital of the province is Polokwane, which will host the 2011 Vodacom
Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Peter Mokaba Stadium was one of the iconic venues of the 2010 FIFA World
CupT, with the inspiration for the design having been drawn from the ancient
baobab tree. It hosted such top sides as Argentina, France and Mexico, and
in the recently completed Premier Soccer League season was a popular 'home'
venue for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport
With a capacity of close to 42 000 and stands that are close to the pitch,
giving a magnificent spectator experience, it is certainly one of the
premier football grounds in South Africa, and one that is sure to be full to
the brim when the Vodacom Challenge rolls into town.
Tickets for the July 16 encounter can be purchased from all Computicket,
Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper outlets nationwide, and are priced at
R50 (Grand Stand - Upper & Lower; East Stand - Upper & Lower; North and
South Stands - Upper & Lower) and R80 (Grand Stand - Premier; East Stand -