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Tzaneen is located in South Africa
 Tzaneen shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 23°50′S 30°10′E / 23.833°S 30.167°E / -23.833; 30.167Coordinates: 23°50′S 30°10′E / 23.833°S 30.167°E / -23.833; 30.167
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Mopani
Municipality Greater Tzaneen
Established 1903
 • Councillor (ANC)
 • Total 22.16 km2 (8.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 14,571
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 45.0%
 • Coloured 1.1%
 • Indian/Asian 7.0%
 • White 46.1%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 41.5%
 • Northern Sotho 18.1%
 • Tsonga 13.5%
 • English 13.3%
 • Other 13.5%
Postal code (street) 0850
PO box 0850
Area code 015

Tzaneen is a large 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 in a 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 northen soth speaking people reside in Tzaneen villages and suburbs. tzaneen consist of tsonga tradition, Afrikaans tradition and Northen sotho tradition.

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.

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, or 62 miles, away.

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


Tourism is one of the three pillars of the tzaneen economy along with agribusiness. Tzaneen dam is one of the big site that attract visitors. Tzaneen offer a great country and Town accommodation for visitors.


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.

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

A wide range of tropical fruits are grown in the Tzaneen area, notably mangoes, bananas, oranges and avocados. Pine and Eucalyptus plantations are also a common sight in the area around the town, particularly toward Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg. The plantations serve a number of sawmills located in the area.


Tzaneen depend on farming different types of fruits and vegetables, in the cultivation of animals, plants and other life forms for food, fiber, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture is the key development in the rise in tzaneen, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.

list of villages and townships in Tzaneen[edit]

  • Modjadji village
  • Nwamitwa village
  • Petanenge village
  • Mariveni Village
  • Zangoma village
  • Shilubana village
  • Mafarani village
  • Nkowa-Nkowa township
  • Lenyenye township


Tzaneen branch is charged with the responsibility of effecting quality education and training for all. It was during this time that the branch had to shape up its direction and co-ordinate all professional developments and support. Policies, systems, and procedures had to be developed. This was not easily achievable due to lack of personnel to effect change. Tzaneen still remain as one of the areas in South Africa with high rate of tertiary graduates and low employment rate.


Tzaneen is the founder of vakhegula old age soccer team in Nkowa-nkowa township. Vakhegula vakhegula played many international games including America and Europe. Soccer remain the main loved sport in Tzaneen, followed by Rugby. Soccer is widely played in rural areas and townships.

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