A show stopping Easter in Polokwane

Limpopo Province is home to some of the top tourist destinations in South Africa and over Easter this province is trembling with celebrations of all kind.

If you find yourself spending the long weekend in Polokwane, here are a few key things to keep in mind.

 

1. The largest Easter gathering in the world.

Easter is celebrated all over the world and in South Africa around 5-8 Million people travel to the beautiful Limpopo province every year to visit ZCC, Moria also known as Zion Christian Church.

Being situated only 30mins away from one of the largest celebrations in the world, you can only imagine the atmosphere of Easter in Polokwane.

The church dates back to 1910 and is one of the largest African initiated churches in the world, which means no missionaries from abroad were involved in the formation of this church AND it is the first African church to branch out abroad, with churches opening in Europe. Normally it is the other way around #proudlysouthafrican

The atmosphere at Moria is incredible.

To be honest it is not fun and games for millions of people to queue for hours to get in, but once you are in it is all worth it. Some members will pitch a tent or find a spot in the bus for resting, but many others don’t have time to sleep through all the singing, dancing and praying.

Anyone can go, yes you can go as well. The only thing you might need to know is that any camera or phone with a camera will be confiscated at the entrance. Some of us learnt that the hard way. It would be great to film such an incredible event and I’m sure it is most photographers’ dream, but that is the last reason why you should go. Live a little and leave the technology at home.

If you are planning to spend a day (or more) at Moria, finding something to eat shouldn’t be a problem. Moria has food stands that caters for everyone. From braaied chicken or beef, vetkoek, chips, to fresh mangos to mention a few options.

The Easter service is held outside and is a day filled with choir music, brass band performances and dancing. This is the only service led by Bishop Barnabus Lekganyane. Attending an Easter service at Moria should be on the whole of Limpopo’s bucket list. I’ll definitely be back for an Easter Sunday service soon.

 

 

2. #BeerFest

On a complete opposite note…
Did you know? Beer is the third-most popular drink globally, after water and tea.
In Polokwane, some of us will be celebrating exactly that this Easter.
Introducing Polokwane Beer Fest 2018!

They are getting everyone’s attention on their Facebook page and we can’t wait to see what else they will surprise us with this weekend. The festival is due to kick off this Friday 31 March at Waterland, just around the corner from us. With over 20 local musicians and DJs the crowd will be dancing until Sunday.

One of the highlights at the festival, to me, is definitely Zwakala Brewery’s stand.

Zwakala, meaning come closer, is quickly becoming one of Limpopo’s must visit breweries and is also making themselves known nationally. The Zwakala Limpopo Lager won gold at SA’s National Beer Trophy Awards, but my personal favourite is Zwakala’s fruity Mountain Weiss. Very refreshing.

Their secret: “Each batch of beer is handcrafted, nothing unnatural is used in the brewing process – and the most important ingredient is the clear and pure mountain water drawn from the Letaba River

Similar to what guests can experience at the brewery itself, Zwakala will bring some of their popular outdoor games to Polokwane Beer Fest. Suited to the occasion, a game of beer pong will be in order.

 

 

3. Easter Lunch Feast

This Sunday, there is only one place to enjoy an Easter lunch fit for a king… Saskia Restaurant. Known as one of the best in Polokwane, this Easter Saskia’s Sunday Lunch Buffet will be yet another opportunity for the team to delight and spoil guests beyond expectation.

They recently launched their Sunday Lunch Buffet which soon became a very popular choice for the local elite. Polokwane Observer had wonderful feedback about their experience on the launch day. Read all about it here.
By the third week guests were queuing to get in and this Sunday will be the fourth week of Saskia’s Sunday afternoon feast.

The menu changes regularly with a few of the guests’ favourites making its necessary reappearances. We are not making any predictions for what’s to come this time round, but here are some mouth-watering images of what guests enjoyed over the past three weeks.

Convinced yet?

 

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