Geography and history
Tzaneen is located in the Mopani Region of the Limpopo Province in South Africa. This town also includes the following areas – Modjadjikloof, Ofcolaco, Leydsdorp, Letsitele and Gravelotte.
Tzaneen is Limpopo’s second biggest town after Polokwane and has a population of approximately 30 000. Where exactly the town’s name derives from is unclear, but some theories state that it derives from the Sotho words ‘tsaneng’, meaning gathering place, and ‘tsana’, meaning basket of hills.
The well-known Kruger National Park is located approximately 100 km from Tzaneen. The Vervet Monkey Foundation is situated just outside the town and it cares for over 600 vervet monkeys.
Tzaneen offers tourists beautiful nature and wildlife sights and therefore there is no shortage of accommodation available in the area. Some of the facilities include – guest houses, lodges, bed and breakfasts, self-catering units and camping sites. For more information on places to stay in Tzaneen, please view our accommodation directory.
Activities and attractions
Tzaneen caters for adventure, sport and history enthusiasts.
Activities and attractions in Tzaneen include the following:
- Agatha Crocodile Ranch
- Commonwealth Plantation
- Dams (Ebenezer and Tzaneen Dams)
- Magoebaskloof Picnic and Lookout Spot
- Modjadji Nature/ Cycad Reserve
- New Agatha Forest Station
- Pekoe View Tea Garden
- Siegfried Annecke Research Institute
- The Garden Tour (Magnificent show gardens)
- Tzaneen Museum
- Wegraakbosch Farm (Cheese-making and hand-milking)
At night, Tzaneen is alive with pubs, night-spots and fine restaurants. Food and service comes with pride and attention to detail. For a complete list of restaurants in Tzaneen, please view our restaurant directory.
In the villages you will find wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries. The main street of Tzaneen is lined with thriving businesses. See our business directory for a list of businesses in the area.
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