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Tzaneen, South Africa

Tzaneen is a large 'garden town' situated in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province in South Africa. It is Limpopo's second biggest town after Polokwane. It is situated in a lush, high rainfall fertile region with tropical and subtropical agriculture taking place in a 20,000 km² region. Tzaneen produces about 40% of South Africa's avocados and 40% of South Africa's mangoes. About 650 000 people reside within a 30 km radius, with the town itself holding a population of around 30,000. Tsonga, Afrikaans and Northern Sotho speaking people reside in Tzaneen villages and suburbs.


There are different theories to where the name comes from and range from the Sotho words tsaneng (gathering place) to tsana (basket of hills).


The distance from Tzaneen to Johannesburg is approximately 420 km, or 261 miles.



Tourism is one of the three pillars of the Tzaneen economy along with agribusiness. Tzaneen offers great country and town accommodation for visitors.


There are many tourist attractions to the small town of Tzaneen, including the beautiful Tzaneen Dam, Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg, and the Pekoe View Tea Estate. The town is also situated close to a number of game reserves and the town often serves as a thoroughfare for tourists on their way to other tourist destinations in the province. The well-known Kruger National Park, for instance, is situated approximately 100 km (62 miles) away.


The Vervet monkey foundation is located just outside Tzaneen where it cares for over 600 vervet monkeys.



Mostly sunshine, long summer days with pleasant winters. Tzaneen's subtropical conditions provide more suited weather for dense forests (high summer rainfall) than the thorny bushveld above the escarpment.

The summer months September - March have an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and winter months around 15°C (59°F).

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