Attractions Around the Guest House and Lodge
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.
Known as the capital of the "Land of the Silver Mist", this picturesque village lies just off the R71 between Pietersburg and Tzaneen. The village originated as a "gold rush town" in 1887 and remains of the old workings can still be seen.
Enjoy the spectacular mountain views and the very special serenity found at the hilltop cemetery, 1km from the village and well worth the steep drive or climb! The unusual War Memorial and Long Tom Monument commemorate those of all race, colour and creed from the area who gave their lives in various wars over the last century, and are dedicated to future peace.
Another picturesque village, Duiwelskloof lies in a valley with panoramic vistas on the surrounding Wolkberg Mountains. Following rain the view is crisp and clear but misty days softens the view to a mysterious wonderland of mountains and wilderness. From Duiwelskloof the visitor is within easy reach of Mooketsi Valley (largest tomato production area in the country), the Modjadji Nature Reserve (containing the largest natural concentration of a single cycad species in the world - Encephalartos transvenosus), the largest Baobab tree in the world (with a pub inside the tree) and the Duiwelskloof Waterfall and picnic site.
The name Letsitele is derived from the name of the Letsitele River. Letsitele means "Valley of the Dead" in the Sotho language. Agricultural development in the area started in 1914. Meaningful development could only take place after 1950 when Dr Siegfried Annecke managed to bring the devastating effect of malaria under control. The Letaba River is the main source of water to the area and most of the agricultural development is dependent on its life-giving waters. The Letsitele farming community represents the largest citrus production area in the country. High quality Valencia oranges and the best quality Texas Star Ruby grapefruit in the world are produced here. A big fruit juice factory adds additional value to the area's produce. A variety of vegetables are also produced around Letsitele. The well-known Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is located in the district as well as a number of game farms.
Soekmekaar is situated on the edge of the escarpment northwest of Tzaneen. Soekmekaar has a high rainfall with a moderate climate. The surrounding farmers produce potatoes, granadillas, maize, timber, avocado's, guavas, strawberries, mangoes, tomatoes and cattle. Game farming is well established in the area.