Tzaneen is a large town situated in the Mopani district of the Limpopo province in South Africa. It’s been described as a ‘large tropical garden town’ not least because the hills around town are filled with banana, mango, avocado pears, paw-paws, macadamia nut, and sugar cane. It has a colourful profusion of indigenous and exotic plants and the ‘capital’ of the picturesque Letaba district. Here’s our pick on the best things to do in Tzaneen.
Canopy tour over the Great Letaba River
Go on a journey into a previously inaccessible realm of nature, as you traverse the upper level of indigenous forest and ancient mountain cliffs, overlooking the spectacular Groot Letaba River. Each platform is joined by our spectacular ‘foefie’ cable slide high above the sparkling river, waterfalls and forest floor. Relax and absorb the tranquillity of your natural surroundings on each platform. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours’ trained guides ensure the safety of each group while describing facts about the fauna, flora and ecology of the surrounding environment. This tour is great for the whole family, nature lovers, thrill seekers and corporate groups.
Mangela Animal Farm
Mangela Animal Farm is situated at Tzaneen Country Lodge in South Africa and provides a superb entertaining environment for children to touch, feel and interact with animals. Visitors can enjoy learning about various farm animals while interacting with them in a relaxed, scenic setting. You can enjoy meeting, touching, and feeding the friendly animals at the farmyard, including donkeys, ponies, ostriches, potbellied pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and more. A jungle gym and pony rides are available for kids. Mangela Animal Farm is the perfect place for parents to enjoy some time out with their kids!
The Tzaneen Museum is crammed full of artefacts of the local Tsonga and North Sotho peoples pottery, basketry, beadwork, weapons, sacred drums and numerous other items of ethnological importance. The Tzaneen Museum has a fine collection of woodcarvings by local artists and the collection records carvings covering a period of 100 years. The museum’s pottery collection covers a period of nearly 2 000 years.
Opportunities for sightseeing and other activities in this scenic area are plentiful and appeal particularly to nature lovers who enjoy hiking and bird watching. Pristine rivers and dams also offer excellent fly-fishing opportunities. There are wonderful tea gardens to visit, local cheese to sample and rafts to cruise the waters. Visit these places in Tzaneen to make your trip even more memorable.
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