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Tzaneen, Valley of the Olifants

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Tzaneen, Limpopo

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Described as an appealing subtropical garden town, Tzaneen is in fact the second largest town in the Mopani district in Limpopo that lies at the foot of the Wolkberg Mountains in the northern reaches of the Drakensberg range.

These form an impressive backdrop to the town that is renowned for its abundant growth of just about everything subtropical - avocados, nuts, citrus fruits, mangoes, bananas and litchis, coffee, tea and cotton.

Tzaneen also serves as a good spot from which to explore the rest of the region, with its position just below the Magoebaskloof. The special thing about Tzaneen is the constant change in scenery - lush vegetation, plantations, mountains and one of the biggest baobab trees in the world (at the Sunland Nursery between Duiwelskloof and Ga-Kgapane) mean that there is never a dull moment.

The quaint little Tzaneen Museum is definitely worth a visit, on a day when you’re not out exploring the various nature reserves or the Tzaneen Dam (also a nature reserve), for its collection of ethnological artefacts like pottery, beadwork, weapons, the largest collection of pole carvings in the country.

There is also a collection of royal drums from the Rain Queen, Modjadji - hereditary ruler of the Balobedu people of the area whose succession is matrilineal (the Queen’s eldest daughter is heir and males are not entitled to the throne) - whose residence is close to the Modjadji Nature Reserve.

Just 17 kilometres from Tzaneen is the beautiful Duiwelskloof (devil’s gorge), renamed Modjadjiskloof in 2004 in the Rain Queen’s honour.

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Ebenezer Dam

Built on the Great Letaba River, you will find Ebenezer Dam near Tzaneen. It lies between the lovely little town of Haenertsburg and the Magoebaskloof, in the Land of the Silver Mist. Ebenezer Dam is a popular and particularly pretty dam visited often by locals and visitors for ... more information

Hans Merensky Nature Reserve

On the banks of the Great Letaba River lies the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, just west of the Kruger National Park and not far from Tzaneen. The main draw card to this beautiful reserve is the fact that you can walk most of it on foot, and despite its apparent flatness, there is the welcome relief of... more information

Klaserie Game Reserve

Bordering the Timbavati Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, the Klaserie Game Reserve reserve is hot and dry for most of the year. The bush is sparse but soon recovers, if and when summer rains arrive. Wildlife wanders freely over vast areas and you are likely to see all the usual... more information

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Bounding the Wolkberg Wilderness, Lekgalameetse is an attractive mountain reserve sporting sparkling clear rivers and waterfalls and natural pools. The most colourful of butterflies, natural beauty, lush kloofs, indigenous forests and the plentiful birdlife make it a much ... more information

Makalali Conservancy

Also known as the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve and one of the country’s major privately owned conservation areas, Makalali Conservancy is over 22 000 hectares set in the Lowveld region of Limpopo, an hour west of the Phalaborwa gate of the Kruger National Park and roughly 80 kilometres from Hoedspruit ... more information

Makutsi Conservancy

The Makutsi Conservancy, in the heart of the Limpopo, lies adjacent to the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve just 40 minutes' due east of the Kruger National Park. It lies on route 36 that links Tzaneen to the N4 from Pretoria, making it easily accessible and one of the easiest escapes for visitors to Johannesburg ... more information

Modjadji Cycad Reserve

High in the Lobedu Mountains near Duiwelskloof and situated next to the home of the fabled rain queen, lies the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, boasting some of the oldest and largest Cycad specimens on earth. The 530 hectare Modjadji Nature Reserve, situated in the Bolobedu district of Lebowa, north-east of... more information

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured or poisoned animals. Amongst these are lions from an Egyptian circus, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, poisoned vultures, crowned eagles and other survivors. Moholoholo lies in the lowveld near Hoedspruit, at the base ... more information

Timbavati Game Reserve

Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This allows the animals free range and ensures guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Timbavati is a "Big Five" Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard... more information

Tzaneen Country Club

Covered with indigenous grasses and endowed with putting surfaces unmatched throughout Limpopo, Tzaneen Country Club will reward the player who can adapt to the subtle breaks and influences of the ever-present grain and the golfer with putts dropping at a whim. A blend of rolling fairways and punishing but ... more information

Tzaneen Dam Nature Reserve

Fishing fundis describe Tzaneen Dam as 'quite simply the best place for carp fishing in Africa'. It is also well stocked with Florida strain largemouth bass,and you can bank on landing one in the three to four kilogram range. Smallmouth bass are also caught on occasion ... more information

Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Lying just off the R71 outside Haenertsburg where the Drakensberg meets the Strydpoort Mountains, the Wolkberg Wilderness Area is a selected few hikers’ idea of bliss - the tracks through the awe-inspiring 22 000 hectare piece of paradise are pretty indistinct, meaning that a hiker can choose his own strenuous route ... more information

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Sandford Heights Nursery & Tea Garden

Where: Haenertsburg
How much (per person): Free to browse

Located on the R71 between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen the Sandford Heights Nursery has a wide selection of organically grown operennial plants ... more information

Lesodi Trail

Where: Tzaneen
How much (per person): Price on request

The Lesodi Trail in Tzaneen is an extraordinary one abundant with birds and animals. The route begins at the Sanford Heights Tea room and tr ... more information

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Ashley's Continental Café

Where: Tzaneen

For a classic, elegant but family friendly meal out, Ashleys Continental Café is the place to visit. Ashleys Continental Café is set in the heart of Tzaneen and is the best spot to come and enjoy a ... more information

Coach House Confectionary Farm Stall

Where: Tzaneen

Come and enjoy all things delicious at the Coach House Confectionary Farm Stall. If you have a sweet tooth then this is certainly the place to visit. Head down to this gem of a shop on Old Coach Ro ... more information

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