|Tzaneen is the second largest town in the Limpopo situated at the
foot of the imposing Wolkberg Mountains.
Within easy reach there are fascinating archaeological sites, mighty
baobab trees, wildlife and nature reserves, as well as a superb
range of tourism facilities. Situated below the scenic splendour
of Magoebaskloof in a subtropical district, Tzaneen offers the visitor
a change of scenery at almost every turn of the road.
The mountainous landscape, the subtropical climate, the lush indigenous
vegetation which alternates with plantations, and the largely unspoilt
natural environment, make this picturesque area one of the most
attractive recreation and tourist areas in South Africa.
Tzaneen Dam Nature Reserve: This large dam bordering town, is a
popular venue for anglers and campers
Duiwelskloof: The beautiful town of Duiwelskloof is situated at
the very end of the northern escarpment of the Drakensberg at the
entrance of the northern lowveld. Situated 17km from Tzaneen this
valley boasts many natural wonders and features of historical interest.
Big Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata): This giant and ancient baobab
at the Sunland Nursery, between Duiwelskloof and Ga-Kgapane, is
the biggest specimen in the world. It has a circumference of 46,8m
and carbon dating has determined its age at an astronomical 6000
Modjadji Nature Reserve: This nature reserve boasts the largest
concentration of a single species of cycad in the world, namely
the Encephalartos transvenosus (Modjadji Palm). Cycads are ancient
plants that were growing when dinosaurs roamed the earth and most
probably formed part of the diet of some of these giant reptiles.
The Modjadji Palm is named after the legendary Rain Queen - Modjadji,
who resides near the Nature Reserve.
Tzaneen Museum: Not to be missed is the quaint Tzaneen Museum.
It hosts ethnological artefacts such as weapons, pottery, beadwork,
the largest collection of pole carvings in the country, royal drums
from the Rain Queen Modjadji, sacred drums as well as a collection
of prehistoric pottery, almost 2 000 years old.