Friendly, lush, and laid-back. Tzaneen is a subtropical town set in the blue-green foothills of the Magoebaskloof mountains and the northern Drakensberg. It’s the second-biggest town in Limpopo, a colourful centre for surrounding agriculture and farming.
Tzaneen is known for its abundance - everywhere you look it is beautiful. There are mountains, rivers, waterfalls, dams, stretches of bushveld, farmlands and wilderness areas.
Tzaneen is a good base from which to explore the combination of mountains and bush. From Tzaneen it’s an easy drive to Magoebaskloof area, which is known for its scenic mountains and outdoor escapes and activities. To the north of Tzaneen are the Kruger National Park and the Lowveld, with its incredible wildlife and game reserves.
Whether you’re into slow strolling, day-tripping or pumping up that adrenaline – there’s plenty to do here, and many wonderful spots to rest your weary head.
The area is steeped in African myth and legend. This is realm of the Rain Queen - said to have ancient rain summoning powers. It is home to the country’s biggest baobab tree and is the backdrop for a colourful pioneer history of gold and timber.
Look out for
Magoebaskloof & Haenertsburg - The quaint village of Haenertsburg is the centre of the Magoebaskloof region. Here you can browse through the village shops and enjoy a pub lunch. Alternatively, take a canopy tour, or go hiking, fly-fishing or mountain biking.
The Wolkberg Wilderness - This 22 000ha reserve is a playground for all types of adventurers. You can take a good hard hike through steep gorges and ancient cliffs. Or spend a gentle day picnicking and ambling alongside a cool river. The Wolkberg Wilderness area is a quiet and beautiful escape.
The country’s biggest baobab - This giant is 22m high and 47m in circumference. You can view it at Sunland Farm.
The Realm of the Rain Queen - Legend has it that Queen Modjadji settled here in the late 17th century after fleeing Zimbabwe. She is reputed to have had rain summoning powers. She was the head of a matriarchal tribe, the Bolobedu. Modjadji also houses the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. Here you find many of the rare endemic species of cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos). These date back to prehistoric times. At the Tzaneen museum you can see a collection of royal drums from Queen Modjadji. There is also an eclectic collection of ethnological artefacts like pottery, beadwork and weapons.