ACTIVITIES

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.
Phone - 015-276 4905

Stanford Lake, for Trout, Bass and Kurper - Access to these waters is at Stanford Lake College on the R71,
Phone: 015-276 4905

Ebenezer Dam - Try your luck for Trout as well as Bass and Kurper - access to the water and picnic spots is at "Old Smokey". Day visitors - R5.00 / Children - R5.00.
Phone: 015-276 5047

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. A small entrance fee will be charged.

Adventure in the valley

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 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.
For more information contact – 083 866 1546

Birding by the waters of the Letaba

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 located 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.
Call: 015-276 5047

Cycling in the area

The two most popular disciplines in cycling are Road and Mountain Bike cycling. Each discipline has its own attraction and both are widely enjoyed in South Africa.

The Greater Tzaneen area, in particular, is suited for cycling all year round as the weather is ideal and the area offers a large variety of challenging terrain for the sport.

Road cycling - The Tzaneen area has excellent tarred roads, which makes it a preferred destination for 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 in the Greater Tzaneen area makes riding particularly safe and pleasurable.

Mountain Biking - The Tzaneen area 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 up their hospitality to cyclists.
A highlight for cyclist is the annual Magoebaskloof Mountain bike Classic, held in November each year. This 18 year old race drew a number of 250 cyclist in 2016, and was successfully hosted by Stanford Lake College.

Golfing

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:
Orangedene Golf Club: 9-holes with an extra nine T-offs (Turn-off from Tzaneen to Tarentaalrand on the R71)
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 mashie course, with 15 of the 18-holes already in play, 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.

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 - also under the supervision of "The Goose Academy".

Hiking – Walks and Trails

The Lesodi Trail – 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 Changioun Trail - starts in the village of Haenertsburg and meanders up through rare montane grassland to the hills overlooking the Ebenezer Dam and the surrounding mountains.

Contact the Magoebaskloof Tourist Association – 015-276 4972

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.

Booking essential – Contact 012-481 3615

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.

For further information, contact - 015-276 1303

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.

For more information contact – 082 493 0758

Trail through a tropical garden - Take a relaxed walk through this enchanting sub-tropical garden. Get absorbed in the lush vegetation, and enjoy the bird life, the fishponds with koi and the interesting farm animals on display - all at the Wheelbarrow Farm stall on the Magoebaskloof Road. (R71)

Kurisa Moya - 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)
For more information phone – 083 294 1013

Black Forest Mountain Trail - Behind the Black Forest Mountain Lodge, just outside the village of Haenertsburg, a variety of walks and hikes are available with maps.
For more information phone – 015-276 5007

The Rooikat Trail - Situated in the New Agatha plantation approximately 18km from Tzaneen. The hike is 11 km and takes 5 hours to complete. There is a picnic spot at the halfway mark (Die Akkers)
Maps available – Contact 015-307 4310

           

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