Mokopane is also known as Potgietersrus. This is a Town in the Limpopo Province, of South Africa. The Town was established in 1852 by the Voortrekkers who named it: 'Potgietersrus', after their leader Piet Potgieter. In 2003 the name was changed to Mokopane in honour of the local chief Makapan. Who was the Chief during the the Matabele Wars 1836-1896. Mokopane is the Northern Sotho form of the king’s name, even though the majority language in the Area is Northern Sotho. Five kingdoms in the vicinity of the Town are Kekana (Moshate), Langa (Mapela), Lebelo (Garasvlei) and Langa (Bakenburg). It is sometimes still referred to as: 'Potgietersrus' or “Potties”. Two hours from Gauteng by road, the Town acts as a getaway destination and as a stop-over for travelers en route to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kruger National Park.
The Area is typically Bushveld, with many Vachellia and Senegalia trees (part of the acacia genus). As well as aloes, which blooms in June and July. The Zebediela Citrus Estate, 55 km to the Southeast, is one of the largest Citrus Farms, in the Southern Hemisphere. This Farm was returned to the Bjatladi Community under the Land Reform Process, in 2004. There is a wide variety of accommodation options available in Mokopane from guest houses, bed and breakfasts to self-catering units.