Tzaneen Pathways to the Past Tour

The Tzaneen “Pathways to the Past” Experience

A round trip from Tzaneen to the Merensky Nature Reserve - including the Tsonga Kraal, then on to Die Eiland Hot Springs, travelling from there to Leydsdorp, then Ofcolaco and finally back to Tzaneen – approximately 125km in total – will ensure you experience a taste of history.

Tzaneen, which is a colourful town in the lush Lowveld, has a wide range of shops and innumerable roadside stalls selling an amazing array of locally grown tropical fruits, nuts and honey. There is an excellent local Museum next to the Tzaneen Library.

The Hans Merensky Nature Reserve and Tsonga Kraal Museum is situated on the R529, 38km from the R71 towards Eiland, and incorporates an area of unspoilt natural bushveld, home to a wide variety of game and birdlife. The Museum is a living cultural museum depicting the life and culture of the Tsonga / Shangaan people.

The Aventura “Eiland Hot Spring Resort” is a paradise for children, and is warm most of the year round. There are a variety of hot and cold swimming pools, water slides and recreational facilities, which have been developed round these hot mineral springs on the banks of the Great Letaba River.

Leydsdorp is an old "gold rush" town dating back to the end of last Century. Historic buildings, a fascinating cemetery and a big Baobab tree make this an interesting place to visit.

Ofcolaco is 3km off the R36, and 44km from Tzaneen. This African sounding name is in fact an acronym for Officers Colonial Land Company - formed by a group of redundant British Regular and Indian army officers who pooled their resources and settled in this area, adding an extra dimension to the meaning of "Untamed Africa." The Ofcolaco Club still thrives on its untamed reputation and a lovely church also makes this an interesting place to visit.