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"Magoebaskloof - Northern Province" South Africa Things to Do Tip by cokes

South Africa Things to Do: 726 reviews and 1,118 photos

  Pic of the Mountain Reserve
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A drive in the direction of Tzaneen is the spectacular mountain reserve of Magoebaskloof. The area is well-known for the excellence of its hiking opportunities.

The district boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa. Spring brings the magnificence of brilliantly coloured azaleas and the rich soft hues of massed flowering cherries to the "Letaba Garden Route".

Also worth visiting are the ancient cycad forest at Modjadji - home of the legendary Rain Queen - and the local tea estates such as the Middelkop Tea Estate. This features the peculiarity of the Commonwealth Plantation, a 11 hectare plantation containing three varieties of Eucalyptus trees planted as an experimental plot in 1914. In 1939 the plot was "dedicated" to the Commonwealth Forestry Commission when their annual conference was held in South Africa. These are magnificent trees, averaging 55m in height, and the atmosphere inside this small manmade forest is serene.

Directions: next to the R71, seven km from the Tzaneen/Duivelskloof road turn-off.

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2005
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