Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa




Nestled between rolling, citrus-covered hills, this lovely, sub-tropical town offers so much. Tzaneen is close to the game areas of Limpopo and close to the northern end of the Drakensberg and in the shadow of the Blouberg. The scenery is lush. The picturesque town of Tzaneen is situated at the foot of the imposing Wolkberg Mountains, so what could be more rewarding and relaxing than to pack your suitcase and head along the exciting R71 route to the beautiful Limpopo Province. A mere 450km from Gauteng, Tzaneen awaits the discerning traveller or businessman

Visitors interested in local culture, botany or mythology would enjoy a visit to the nearby Modjaji's Forest. The fantastic stand of ancient plants has been preserved over the last 400 years by the personal intervention of Modjaji - the queen of the Lobedu people. It obviously hasn't been the same queen all along, but legend says she is immortal. Until recently, no commoners have laid eyes on her. The most recent queen has been far more outgoing and perhaps the myth has lost some of its magic. Her powers rest on her ability to make rain and have always been uncontested.

The population in Tzaneen jurisdiction is estimated at around 80 000 and Tzaneen's main trading centre caters for more than 700 000 people living in a radius of 30km. Tzaneen is the second largest town in the Limpopo Province. Approximately 800 000 people use Tzaneen as their main trading centre. Tzaneen has the capacity and infrastructure to combat the gross poverty rate in the area.

The name of the Letaba River was derived from the African word "Lehlaba", which means Sandy River. More than 20 major dams have been constructed in the Groot Letaba River catchment. The Tzaneen Dam on the Groot Letaba River and the Middle Letaba Dam are the two largest dams in the Northern Province. Other large dams in the catchment area include the Ebenezer, Magoebaskloof, Nnsami and Modjadji Dams.