Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa
Tzaneen is beautifully set between rolling, citrus covered hills and is close to the game rich areas of Limpopo. Boasting a wonderful sub-tropical climate, Tzaneen is ideally located close to the northern end of Drakensberg and in the shadow of the Blouberg. Tzaneen is a picturesque town situated at the foot of the majestic Wolkberg Mountains. It is located a mere 450 kilometres from Gauteng, and is a great destination for both business and pleasure.
Visitors interested in local culture, botany or mythology should not miss out on the Modjaji's Forest. This mystical forest is home to luscious ancient plants that have been preserved for over 400 years by the personal intervention of Modjaji, the queen of the Lobedu people, who is said to be immortal. Until recently, no one has ever laid eyes upon her. The most recent queen is said to be more outgoing, perhaps resulting in some of the magic of the myth being lost. Locals believe that her powers rest on her ability to make rain.
The population of Tzaneen is estimated to be at 80 000, with the city's main trading centre catering for more than 700 000 people living in a radius of 30 kilometres. Tzaneen is the second largest town in Limpopo, and approximately 800 000 people use Tzaneen as their main trading centre. Tzaneen has the capacity and infrastructure to combat the gross poverty rate in the area.
The name of the Letaba River stems from the African word 'Lehlaba', meaning Sandy River. More than 20 major dams have been constructed in the Groot Letaba River catchment. The Tzaneen Dam on the Groot Letaba River and the Middle Letaba Dam are the largest dams in the Northern Province. Other dams in the catchment area include the Ebenezer, Magoebaskloof, Nnsami and Modjaji Dams.