Tzaneen Surrounding Areas


Haenertsburg

Haenertsburg village is situated just off the R71 between Polokwane and Tzaneen. The village originated as a "gold rush town" in 1887 and is steeped in “olde world charm”. It boasts spectacular mountain views of the Long Tom Pass, with crystal clear mountain air, craggy peaks, tumbling waterfalls, tranquil lakes and magnificent indigenous forests. There are numerous hiking trails where nature lovers can spot prolific bird life as well as wildlife such as antelope, bush pig, baboons, monkeys and even the rare caracal cat.
Distances from Haenertsburg to Polokwane = 55km; Tzaneen = 38km

Duiwelskloof

Duiwelskloof, renamed Modjadjiskloof in 2004, lies in the valley just outside of Tzaneen, offering panoramic vistas of the Wolkberg Mountains and is within easy reach of the Mooketsi Valley – the largest tomato production area in the country - and the Modjadji Nature Reserve, containing the largest natural concentration of cycad species in the world. It is also home to the largest Baobab tree in the world (“The Big Baobab” with a pub inside the tree) as well as the Duiwelskloof Waterfall and picnic site.
Distances from Duiwelskloof to Tzaneen = 17km, Mooketsi = 16km

Letsitele

Letsitele means "Valley of the Dead" in the Sotho language, so named because of the rampant malaria that affected the area until it was brought under control by Dr Siegfried Annecke in 1914. Thereafter, agricultural development in the Letsitele area started in a meaningful way, with the Letaba River as the main source of water to the area. The Letsitele farming community represents the largest citrus production area in the country, and high quality Valencia oranges and the best quality Texas Star Ruby grapefruit in the world are produced here. A big fruit juice factory adds additional value to the area's produce. A variety of vegetables are also produced around Letsitele. The well-known Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is located in the district as well as a number of game farms - all of which contain a wide variety of indigenous fauna and flora species.
Distances from Letsitele to Tzaneen = 32km; Phalaborwa = 87km

Soekmekaar
 
Soekmekaar is situated on the edge of the escarpment northwest of Tzaneen. Soekmekaar has a high rainfall with a moderate climate, and the surrounding farmers produce potatoes, granadillas, maize, timber, avocado's, guavas, strawberries, mangoes, tomatoes and cattle. Game farming is well established in the area.
Distances from Soekmekaar to Louis Trichardt = 59km; Pietersburg = 83km; Tzaneen = 62km