Most popular activities in and around Tzaneen | iinfo TZANEEN

Cast your line – The Tzaneen, Haenertsburg, Magoebaskloof and surrounding areas offer a wide variety of opportunities for novice as well as professional fisherman to cast their lines and try their expertise on whatever species of fish they choose to angle.
Public Waters
Dap Naude Dam for Carp and Kurper - This dam is set in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Woodbush Forest Reserve.
Stanford Lake, for Trout, Bass and Kurper - Access to these waters is at Stanford Lake College on the R71,
Ebenezer Dam - Try your luck for Trout as well as Bass and Kurper - access to the water and picnic spots is at "Old Smokey".
An entrance fee applies to day visitors
Tzaneen Dam - For the best bass fishing, travel five kilometres to Hans Merensky Nature Reserve or drive down to the town of Tzaneen and turn right into Aqua Park. Drive down Aqua Avenue until you find the entrance to Jetty 3 of the Tzaneen Boat Club.
Contact details – HTA Mobile - 0832901962 / An entrance fee applies to day visitors
Discover a magical place on the Letaba River in the majestic Georges Valley Mountains, where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born...
Here you can and scramble over rock and ridge, through indigenous forest, sun shafted glades and lingering mists. Join the Letaba River on its journey through gully and gorge. Indulge in an adventure that will refresh your soul!
Magoebaskloof Adventures & Canopy Tours / Silvermist Resort offers a wide range of adventure activities, including quad biking, abseiling, tubing, paint ball and canoeing. Those who seek a tamer alternative can bring their mountain bikes, hiking boots, bird books, binoculars, fly fishing rods and picnic baskets, 4x4 trails and horse riding can be arranged on request.
Contact details – mobile 083 866 1546 / 063 117 2629
Bird life in the area is prolific, with Knysna and Purple Crested Louries, Crowned and Crested Eagles as well as the rare Black Fronted Bush Shrike, which according to the authorities, only occur here and in the Chimanimani Mountains on the Mozambique/Zimbabwe border.
Mountain grasslands and forest habitats as well as the local dams provide opportunities to see birder's specials such as Narina Trogon, Green Twinspots, Buffy –streaked Chats and Cape Parrots. Only one nesting pair of the endangered Blue Swallow has been in the Haenertsburg region – one of the 48 breeding pairs located in South Africa and Swaziland.
Guided birding trails with an official monitor for the endangered Blue Swallow can be arranged.
Contact details – Kurisa Moya 082 400 4596
Due to the ideal climate throughout the year the Tzaneen area offers some of the best opportunities for cycling in South Africa.
Excellent tarred roads make it a preferred destination for road cyclists. Roads on the north eastern part are flat and fast while the southern and western areas have five serious climbs to challenge the riders. Low traffic volume also makes riding particularly safe and pleasurable.
Annual road races -
The annual Tour de Limpopo start and finishes in Tzaneen and is becoming a very popular annual event, as well as the Vula-vula Road Cycle Race at Eiland Spa and Resort.
Tzaneen is tucked up against the most northern tip of the Drakensberg range and has many awesome opportunities for cross-country riding. This area has a variety of game farms, which are also opening their hospitality to cyclists.
Annual MTB races -
Highlights for mountain bikers are the annual Insect Science MTB Classic, Mooketsi Mountain bike Race, Miami Magoebaskloof MTB Challenge, and the Munnik Meerkat Mountain bike Challenge.
Contact details – Tzaneen cycling club 0829043322
The Tzaneen Country Club
Situated adjacent to the Tzaneen / Modjadjiskloof Road, Tzaneen Country Club is an undiscovered gem awaiting the eager challenges of those bold enough to bring their "A-game" and perform to the best of their ability whilst not being intoxicated by the allures of this inland course's scenic beauty.
The design of the 18-hole TTC course has matured over the years and is a course that rewards good shot making and that can be set up with a high resistance to scoring. In the Limpopo Province TCC is reputed to be one of the fairest tests of golf around and should have the high and low handicapper alike competing to book the next round...
Complementing the layout at TCC, there are facilities to cater for the discerning golfer's every whim. A well-stocked bar with an intimate fireplace creates an ambience that will have visitors becoming friends. A key fixture on the calendar is the annual Koraalboom Tournament held in May that attracts a selection of local and visiting golfers for a weekend of golfing and good times!!
Golfers begin vying for a spot in this limited field as early as January.
Other golf courses in the area are:
Fairview Golf Course
On the Old Gravelotte Road, only 1,2 km from the CBD of Tzaneen. This is an exciting new development in association with the "Goose Academy", where youngsters will have the opportunity to develop their golfing skills. This academy was established by the well-known golfer, Retief Goosen, and his coach, Mr. Ray Earl, with the aim of promoting the game for young people of our area. This golf course is a proper 18-hole mashie course, situated adjacent to the tumbling waters of the Letaba River.
This course offers a challenging experience to every golfer, with the promise to improve the short game extensively. The new Fairview Clubhouse offers top class facilities to golfers as well as to outside guests to enjoy the scenic setting on the embankment of the Letaba River, a full serviced bar and restaurant and facilities to host small functions.
Contact details – Fairview Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort 082 900 5166
Tzaneen Driving Range
Tzaneen Driving Range: Situated on the Old Gravelotte Road, only one kilometre from the Tzaneen CBD. A well-kept driving range, fully serviced and open seven days a week
Hiking – Walks and Trails
Debengeni Waterfalls
At the foot of the Magoebaskloof. Short walks with picnic spots and swimming where it is safe. Beautiful indigenous forest, waterfalls with an abundance of fauna and flora. Braai facilities available and a day fee is charged.
Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail
Magoebaskloof Trail lies on the escarpment above the town of Tzaneen, a network of trails that offer several options for hikers of between two and five days. The trail starts at De Hoek forest station and finishes at Grootbosch-Dokolewa hut.
The trail’s distance is 60km. Magoebaskloof is one of the most beautiful places to hike in the country. The breath-taking forests are deep, old, and magical and inhibited by a huge variety of birds and wildlife.
The Lesodi Trail 
This trail is ideal for the Novus who wants to go on a Sunday morning stroll.
With a distance of only 5.1 km, which will take about two hours to complete.
The trail starts near the Magoebaskloof Hotel and wanders down through magnificent indigenous forest. Abundant bird life and a wide variety of indigenous plants and trees provide much for the observant walker, as well as sightings of the rare Samango monkey. Parking is available at Sandford Heights Nursery on the R71.
The Louis Changuion Trail
The trail meanders through the Haenertsburg grasslands and is very popular with bird watchers and hikers.
The trail is 10km long, and usually takes about four hours to complete. It meanders through natural grassland and indigenous forest where many endemic and endangered plants can be encountered.
A variety of birds and wildlife can also be seen on this scenic trail. Hikers can feast their eyes on the spectacular view of the Wolkberg Wilderness area, Ebenezer Dam and the Iron Crown, whilst enjoying a well-deserved snack at any one of three cosy picnic spots.
So there you have it! A guaranteed unwinding of your entire mind, body, and soul. All you need to do is dust off those hiking shoes and pick your trail.
The Rooikat trail
This 11km circular walk will take you through a forest of Pine, Matumi, Natal Mahogany and Forest Cabbage. The trail is named after the significant Rooikat, which inhabits this area. The trail starts at the Agatha State Forest Station, Tzaneen, and ends at the same place. Along your 5 hours walk you are bound to find a few animals including the Duiker, Baboons and Bushbuck as well as Samango and Vervet Monkeys. Bring a picnic with you and stop along the Bobs River for a delightful lunch and refreshing swim. The duration of the trail is +/- 5 hours.
Waterbuck Nature Trail
The trail is part of the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, which is a provincial nature reserve that includes some stunning scenery of Mopane, Red Bush-Willow, riverine forest, dolerite ridges and the Great Letaba River. The trial has 11km and takes about hours to complete. There is plenty of wildlife too and you might even catch a glimpse of the Waterbuck as well as the Sable Antelope.
The Dokolewa Trail
This trail is part of the system of National Hiking Trails and wanders down the Magoebaskloof, through indigenous forest, past beautiful streams, and waterfalls. Two, three and five-day hikes are available, with overnight accommodation.
The Wolkberg Wilderness
South of Greater Tzaneen area, this wilderness area forms part of a wild and wonderful world of mountains, montane grasslands, indigenous forests, and clear running streams, with an extent of 19 145 hectares. No fires are allowed, and packed lunches are advised.
Vehicles to be left at the parking area - no set trails, just hike at will.
Contact details for hiking trails
Magoebaskloof Adventures – 083 866 1546
The Mountain Company – 082 441 8088
Komatieland Tourism – 013 754272
Guided hikes
Visiting places of local historical and archaeological interest. These hikes can incorporate a delightful colonial champagne brunch in the mountains. A wonderful walk to a waterfall through Afromontane forest is also available.
Kurisa Moya
Beautiful forest walks with an abundance of birdlife, accompanied by an accredited bird guide – David Letsoalo and Paul Nkhumane
There are five different hikes varying in distance and difficulty - River Ramble (45 min, easy), the Umsenge Forest Walk (1 hour, easy), The Trail of Two Dams (2 hours, easy but steep), Kopje with a view (4 hours, moderate to difficult and steep in places), Majestic Mountain Hike (3 hours, tough and steep)
Contact details – 071 658 6980

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