Activities in Tzaneen
If you come to see the Northern Lowveld of South Africa, you have chosen the ideal base. We are the hub of the Limpopo Lowveld and Drakensberg. We are the centre of the major tropical fruit farms, forestry game farms and game reserves of our country. The Drakensburg which begins in the Eastern Cape ends here. The Soutpansberg Mountains are 90kms away and the Kruger Park 45 minutes. The largest portion of the Kruger is at our doorstep. The greatest area of private game reserves, both small and gigantic, are our neighbours. We lie at the foothills of the mountains that rise 1500 meters in 30 kilometres.
Jurassic Park is on our doorstep. The Modjadji Cycad Reserve (declared a national monument in 1936) is the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. With its legendary fifth Rain Queen - Mokope Modjadji - and the only person that even made Madiba - our own South African Hero, President Nelson Mandela to wait - it is still a must see and tours to the Royal Kraal can be arranged. Although the Rain Queen is not allowed to speak to people, Mr Mandela had the opportunity to enjoy a few meetings with her after spoiling her with the lovely gift of a luxury 4x4 sedan. Although she was willing to see him, Mr Mandela declared afterwards that she - just as Queen Elizabeth II did not answer any questions.
We also have the second largest baobab in our country, the largest remnant of indigenous forest in our country, mountain grasslands and spectacular views.
Around us is fine scenery of vast contrast, highland and lowland, forest and savannah, cool and moist, hot and dry all within a radius of 50 kilometres. Canopy Tours, Canyoning, quad bike trails, abseiling, rock climbing, tubing, white water rafting, magnificent golf courses, crocodile farms, reptile parks, elephants safari’s, game reserves, wild life rehabilitation centres and many more are all within easy reach.
Activities surrounding the Tzaneen area
Agatha Crocodile Ranch
The Ranch is situated on a picturesque avocado farm just outside scenic Tzaneen. Included in the tour is a comprehensive address covering the history, behaviour, conservation and breeding of the Nile crocodile followed by a feeding show and guided tour of the breeding dam and enclosures.
The Sunland Baobab is one of the largest surviving baobab trees in the world. The University of Pretoria is busy with carbon dating to validate the age of this mother of trees, which is said to be approximately ±6000 years old with a 46.8m Circumference. A pub was created in the cavity within the tree.
THABAMETSI Canopy Tours are for the adventure lovers. It’s an amazing experience of swinging over the canyon and enjoying the scenic beauty of Georges Valley. This is a must do!
Cheese - Wegraakbosch Organic Diary
Fun for the whole family on a very beautiful farm in the misty valley of Magoebaskloof; See how cheese is made over an open fire in a huge copper cauldron. Relax in the rustic atmosphere with a delicious cheese platter.
Debegeni, the Tsonga word for “melting pot” is situated at the bottom of the Kloof just outside Tzaneen with picnic spots and braai facilities.
Factory and Farm Tours
Tzaneen with its sub-tropical climate and also known as the fruit basket of South Africa grows avocado, mango, litchi, kiwi, macadamia nuts, oranges, grapefruit, banana and also tomatoes. A visit to any of these farms can be organized by prior arrangement.
Orangedene Golf Club (9-hole) and Tzaneen Country Club (18-hole) are on offer, except for the world-known Hans Merensky Golf Club only 84 km away and easily reached for a day trip.
Visit this dynamic embroidery project in Letsitele, with showroom and teagarden.
Mangela Tea Garden & Animal Touch Farm
Activities and fun for kids – animal touch farm, play area, jumping castle, pony rides, tea garden. Situated next to Tzaneen Country Lodge
Modjadji Cycad Forest
The Modjadji Cycad Reserve, near Modjadjiskloof, features the world’s largest concentration of a single-species cycad, also known as the Modjadji palm. Permits are obtainable at the entrance to the reserve.
Tsonga Kraal Museum
A well-known attraction in the boundaries of the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve and built exclusively of.