The Haenertsburg village and Magoebaskloof area is located in the north-eastern escarpment section of the Drakensberg The areas vegetation originally consisted of escarpment mist belt and grasslands. The Woodbush State Forest is the main focus of forest birding in Magoebaskloof. Access to Woodbush is via the Forest Drive. The Forest Drive passes through about 9km of Woodbush Forest and ends up at Debegeni Falls and eventually the R71. The Forest Drive, when in good condition, can be tackled by high clearance sedans, best to do the drive from the top. It is usually recommended to drive the Forest Drive
“If you’re ever in Magoebaskloof in northern Limpopo province, treat yourself to a birding walk with David Letsoalo. His knowledge of birds, trees and plants is legendary, and he has such a great way of describing the wonders of nature. It was a chilly morning with dewdrops on some of the plants. The hanging ferns and the moss on trees are just other benefits of exploring the forests in Magoebaskloof. A big bonus was that we were able to get good sightings of the endangered Cape Parrot.” Rung Button
This is a self drive route. Birders visit Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof primarily to explore the extensive Woodbush Forest Reserve. Woodbush is an Afromontane mist belt forest which has a high annual rainfall. The forests are home to Cape Parrot, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, White-starred Robin, Orange Ground-Thrush, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Grey Cuckooshrike, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Crowned Eagle and many more.Access to the Woodbush Forest is by public road which is the Forest Drive.
This route requires a guide and its endpoint is the Letsitele area near the Letaba River. Along the way, the trip will go into Tzaneen to find the Pied Mannikin. Just outside Tzaneen, there is a stakeout for the Blue-spotted Wood Dove. The trip will end at a farm near Letsitele. The following birds can be found here: Arnot’s chat, African Golden Oriole, Retz’s Helmetshrike, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Thick-billed Cuckoo,  Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher and Grey Penduline Tit.
This is a self guided route. The Louis Changuion Trail winds through grassland and forest patches for 10km.You may find Red-winged Francolin, Broad-tailed Warbler, Grass Owl, White-necked Raven, Red-winged Francolin, Yellow Bishop, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Grassbird, Croaking, Cloud, Wailing, Lazy and Wing-snapping Cisticola.
A gorgeously sculpted 3.5km walk that traverses through the pristine indigenous biomes on the Otterholt farm. Located 1km down the Cheerio road in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo. Perfect for beginner hikers as well as experienced hikers. Find a whole array of mushroom, plant, tree, bird and insect life as well as enjoying the different biomes ranging from ; Woodbush granite grassland, rocky outcrops, forest and wetlands. There is something for everyone! Walk the trail on your own or book a guided tour with Toban, and tap into his vast knowledge on the world around him. The trail begins at the Otterholt sign
This is a self drive route. The Kudu’s River Valley road links Houtbosdorp to the lowveld village of Mooketsi. The road drops down steeply into the Mooketsi Valley taking you through bushveld and riverine habitats. Eventually you will be driving through agricultural fields and past irrigation dams.
This is a self drive route. From Haenertsburg you take the Annies Fortune Road and at the first T junction turn right towards the R71. This route goes through the Haenertsburg rain shadow consisting of dry thornveld that is home to a completely different group of birds compared with the Woodbush Forest.
“A great but wet week end in Magoebaskloof checking out some of the areas special birds. We used a guide on the Saturday morning, Paul Nkhumane, who was a total pro and a big help at finding some of these very difficult to see, forest birds. They call everywhere throughout the forest, – loudly and clearly but despite my best efforts, they are so hard to locate and seem to just be enticing you further and further into the forest. Teasing you, playing with you. A magical game of hide and seek where just about any bird seen is
One of the biggest municipal-owned game reserves in South Africa, the Polokwane Game Reserve’s main attraction must be the amount of ground one can cover on foot – there are a number of walks, including a one-day 20 kilometre hiking trail with overnight accommodation.  The reserve has a very rich diversity of bird species and is regarded as one of South Africa’s important bird areas
Take a closer look into the fascinating world of fungi with local mushroom fundi, Toban McMahon. Toban has been exploring the forests of the ”mountain” his whole life, showing a particular interest in the diverse kingdom of fungi, as well as many other wild and wonderful things. He has a lifelong mission to know them all – from the edible to the poisonous! Toban is very enthusiastic to teach people all he has learned over the years.The workshop he presents consists of a 3 km walk (about 3 and half hours long) which traverses the different biomes of the
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The Glass Art Studio is located on Tupelo Honey Farm, so it’s best to phone and confirm there is someone here to open for you. We have lots of glass products.. mirrors, bowls and plates and hanging butterflies. Also there is a range of macadamia nuts to choose from. Roasted and raw, caramelized nuts, dukkah and Mac Nut butter.
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The Ribola Art Route in Mbokota, near Elim and Louis Trichardt, personifies the true African spirit – a melting pot of Tsonga, Venda and Shangaan cultures. Ribola celebrates this authentic rhythm through art, music and the age-old African tradition of story-telling.  Connect with love Limpopo (072 397 9624) to create a day filled with authentic immersive experiences from making your own traditional clay pot or creating a Batik cloth to visiting world-renowned artists or making music on traditional instruments with talented musicians.
South Africa now holds the records for the highest tree in Africa and the highest planted tree in the world. The saligna gum (Eucalyptus saligna) tree known as Fourth Kin in the Magoebaskloof state forest, measured at 83,7m, according to Leon Visser, an arborist who served on the Champion Tree Evaluation Panel of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. “Fourth Kin is now the tallest tree ever measured in Africa, and the tallest planted tree on the planet. Fourth Kin is a South African champion tree and was planted by forestry pioneer AK Eastwood in 1906. “Champion trees
Magoebaskloof Adventures has been operating school camps for more than 15 years, providing school, youth, and church groups with a fun and educational experience. Our packages have been designed to focus on various school and youth activities such as leadership, communication, and team building. Our beautiful atmosphere is a great environment to learn new things and have a great time exploring nature and the environment.
Experience the warm hospitality of the Ramoraswi family at Ga-Malahlela Village near Magoebaskloof. As with real life, what is happening in the village on the day you visit, determines what you do. Often a visit begins at the Sangoma’s home to better understand this ancient art of divining and traditional healing. Follow the rhythm of daily life – dance a little,  make new friends and tantalize your tastebuds with the flavours of Limpopo.   With Mary Ramoroaswi, you can try traditional food such as Pap, wild spinach, mopane worms, ‘walkie-talkies’ and wash it down with a pot of traditional
The gecko-tubing trip starts deep in the gorge at the beginning of the Great Letaba River and takes you through tranquil crystal clear waters with breathtaking views and some roaring white water rapids. Our experienced river guides will check your equipment and guide you safely down the river. Cliff jumping or climbing down the ladder at the waterfalls adds to the adventure.
Kaross is an embroidery initiative, founded 1988 on a Citrus Farm in the Letsitele Area. While visiting the Embroidery studio, we welcome you to enjoy a light lunch, wonderful coffee, cake or home made lemonade at our Kaross Café. We are a gathering place like no other in our area. Situated under two magnificent trees, come and experience the African Farm Air and an unique ambiance that is truly part of Kaross. In Tintswalo Phakula’s words; “Don’t only feel at home, be at home”
Steam distillers of Helichrysum splendidum commonly known as Southern Immortelle. A beautiful essential oil unique to the mountains of Haenertsburg. With an array of health and beauty benefits. Book a tour to see this unique process  and meet the team. Julie will walk you through the whole process and give an insight into this remarkable 30  year journey. There are products for sale. R60 per person, children under 13 free. Bookings essential. Hours 11 am and 2pm. Cash is preferred but EFT is also an option.
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A visitor to the area may purchase a permit for 1 rod for the day at R150 or for a week at R600. This will entitle that person to fish at Lakeside Dam. The normal etiquette for Trout fishing will apply and only non-spinning Artificial lures may be used. The bag limit is two Rainbow only and the rest must be caught and released. No Brown trout may be bagged. A non-member permit will be issued and must be kept for display to any HTA member requesting sight of it. A map with the position of the dam will
Starting and ending in the village of Haenertsburg, this very popular trail meanders through the Haenertsburg Grassland Nature Reserve with its rare afro-montane Woodbush Granite Grasslands, one of South Africa’s most threatened vegetation types.