Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Tzaneen is an attractive subtropical garden town with a colourful profusion of indigenous and exotic flowers and vegetation. An above average summer rainfall and temperate climate all year round ensures that everything grows here in great abundance - nuts, avocados and other vegetables, fruits (especially citrus fruits, mangoes, bananas and litchis), coffee, tea and cotton. Close by are extensive emerald green tea plantations and the surrounding mountain slopes are heavily forested with timber plantations of pine and blue gum.
The name Tzaneen originated from the word Tsaneng. Oral and written evidence indicate that the area around Piesangkop, Mayland, Hansfontein and south of Westfalia (Krabbefontein) had been known as Tsaneng since early times, long before any white settlers came to the district. The closest meaning of the name Tsaneng is "come together" or "the place where people gather". To early German cartographers the sound ts as in Tsaneng became tz as in Tzaneen.
Tzaneen is the second largest town in the Northern Province and is situated in the foothills of the impressive Wolkberg (Cloud Mountain), the northern reaches of the Drakensberg Mountain range. The town is the commercial center for the district with 80 000 people residing in its area of jurisdiction and 650 000 people residing within a 30km radius.
Tzaneen is the ideal center from which to explore the region. Within easy reach the visitor can find archaeological sites, the biggest baobab tree, wildlife and nature reserves and a full range of quality tourism facilities and services, catering for all needs and interests of the visitor. Its unique natural scenery provides the most beautiful background for all the recreational and other tourism products and services, in the country. Tzaneen is also a birders paradise!
Tzaneen Museum: The Tzaneen Museum is a small but fascinating museum, which was opened in August 1995. The permanent exhibition is made up of ethnological artifacts of the area. This includes weapons, pottery, beadwork, the largest collection of pole carvings in the country, royal drums from the Rain Queen Modjadji, sacred drums as well as general utensils as used in every day life. The museum is open from Mondays to Fridays and can be contacted at Tel: +27 (0) 15 307 2425.