The Kruger Park near Tzaneen

The Kruger Park near Tzaneen

In the province of Limpopo in beautiful South Africa is a small town known as Tzaneen. Tzaneen loosely translated means “gathering place”. Tzaneen is about 420 km away from Johannesburg which is the provincial capital of the province of Gauteng and the largest city in South Africa. In Tzaneen, you will find fertile land ideal for agri-business, parks, and game reserves.

What’s The Weather Like in Tzaneen?

The population of Tzaneen is approximately 80 000 although if you consider the surrounding areas under 30 kilometers, you will get a population of over 650 000 residents. The climate ranges between tropical and sub-tropical which would explain the various kinds of fauna and tropical fruit produce that can be planted in Tzaneen. Summer is from September to March and the days are hot with high rainfall while the winters are pleasantly cool because of the subtropical conditions and dense forests.

What Do People Do In Tzaneen?

The main occupations of most residents consist of either working the land, being engaged in nature conservation and eco-tourism in game reserves, working lumber and sawmills, or anything else related to the tourism side of Tzaneen like the Tzaneen Dam and Tzaneen tea estate. It should be noted, though, that you won’t have to look for used cars in Gauteng if you’re in the market for a new vehicle: the local economy of this small town is equal to the demands placed on it by its citizens.

In some parts of Tzaneen, you’ll enjoy a wonderful scent of eucalyptus and pine. There are several plantations in the area and it lends a unique natural breeze to the town: a simply wonderful sensual experience.

Tzaneen is also quite close to the Kruger National Park which is about 100km away from the town and a pleasant excursion for anyone wanting to visit this national landmark.

Vervet Monkey Sanctuary

Vervet Monkey

Although it is described as a small town in relation to the rest of South Africa, residents prefer Tzaneen to be referred to as a garden town. Tzaneen is actually quite large, and is the second biggest town in Mopani district. You’ll find it at the foot of the Wolkberg Mountains, and it has been called the Valley of the Olifants. The Olifants is the longest and largest river in Limpopo Province. It’s approximately 560 kilometers long and ends in Mozambique. It has magnificent rapids and shallow waters throughout its length and is a source of irrigation: the reason why the land in Tzaneen is so fertile. Owing to its natural beauty and peaceful surrounds, many South Africans are keen to find out about the property for sale in Tzaneen.

The Vervet Monkey Sanctuary

Residents of Tzaneen are very proud of their Vervet Monkey Sanctuary. It was built in 1993 to protect the monkeys of South Africa. It’s a wondrous place where monkeys can live in peace without having to scamper away from their biggest threat – human predators.

Residents have all pitched in as volunteers or workers, or contribute by just being around to entertain and provide hospitality for volunteers from other countries. The sanctuary has been a source of interest on a global scale, and it has helped the economy of Tzaneen. You will find doctors, business people, and local entrepreneurs setting up shop in Tzaneen to cater to the visitors and workers of the sanctuary. In fact, this sanctuary, along with other destinations in Tzaneen, has helped prop up the economy of the town and bring it into the 21st century. There are supermarkets, clinics, medical facilities, restaurants, bars, and internet cafes around the town.

Modern Amenities

Although a relatively small garden town, Tzaneen is well equipped with modern amenities. The town enjoys all the creature comforts of the twenty first century, and if you find yourself needing anything from kitchen appliances to quality and scrumptious snacks, the Tzaneen Mall on Danie Joubert Street is bound to have what you’re looking for.

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