Tzaneen at a glance
Limpopo is the northern-most South African province bordering onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana thus making it the ideal gateway to Africa.
The Limpopo offers a mosaic of exceptionally scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based tourism opportunities.
It is a land of legends and myths and of ancient civilizations. There are many places of archaeological significance that have yielded relics dating back millions of years.
Modern towns, good roads and excellent accommodation establishments enable tourists to enjoy the province to the full.
The Limpopo Province is renowned as the province of peace. It is endowed with bountiful natural resources, including 54 provincial reserves and many private game reserves.
A few hours from Gauteng, the Province boasts the Waterberg mountain range, supporting thriving farming and game ranching, nature reserves and resorts.
Heading further north into the Province there is Pietersburg - the capital of the province, with an excellent and growing infrastructure including a modern international airport.
East of the city is the subtropical part of the Valley of the Olifants, the verdant Magoebaskloof Valley. Further to the east are some of the finest game farms in Africa, as well as the world-famous Kruger National Park.
The hot climate makes the Limpopo Province a pleasant year-round holiday destination. During summer, from October to March, it is hot with brief afternoon showers, providing a cooling effect for evenings. In winter, from May to September, the mornings are crisp, the days are dry and sunny and the evenings cold and clear.
The magnificent cycad forest near Tzaneen is home to the Modjadji Cycad of the Rain Queen, one of the largest cycads in the world and a protected species. The Baobab tree, which is found only in the Limpopo Province in the country, is awe-inspiring. They are hundreds of years old and mostly found in the northern part of the province.
The Limpopo Province is the natural resource treasure chest of South Africa, if not the whole of southern Africa. It boasts some of the greatest reserves of agriculture, mineral and tourism resources many of which remain hugely under-exploited.
The province is also linked to the Maputo Development Corridor through the Phalaborwa Spatial Development Initiative, a network of road and rail corridors connecting to the major seaports that will open up the Limpopo Province and surrounding regions for trade and investment. This is complimented by the presence of airports in major centres of the province including Ellisras, Louistrichard, Messina, Phalaborwa, Potgietersrus, Thabazimbi, Tzaneen, Thohoyandou and Warmbaths, as well as the Gateway International airport in Pietersburg.
In terms of agriculture the Limpopo Province could be described as the garden of South Africa and or the whole continent, given its rich fruit and vegetable production.
The Limpopo Province is also endowed with an abundance of mineral resources, locating mining as the critical sector of the economy in the Province.
The provincial government has established the NPII ( Northern Province Investment Initiative). It offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs and investors interested in setting up business in the Limpopo Province. It specialises in helping to attract inward investment companies to find the best opportunities for acquisitions or green field investments in the Limpopo Province. This includes setting up joint ventures with local partners, cross holdings of equity between overseas and local partners or collaborative agreements in fields such as research and development, transfer of technology or sales and distribution.