Things to do near
Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Tzaneen (91 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Situated near the dense forests of the Magoebaskloof, the roaring Debengeni Falls is a magical spot for picnicking or swimming in the crystal pool.
Named for the deeply carved pool, Debengi means ‘place of the big pot'.
Right in the middle of hiking country, it’s also renowned for some rare species of birds. One of these is the colourful Grey...
Game Reserve in Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve (11.7 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
The Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve near Makhado offers a wonderful getaway for nature lovers, birders, families and school groups. Visitors have the chance of spotting a variety of wild animals and birds including wildebeest, zebra, kudu, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, tsessebe and nyala. Energetic folk can explore the reserve on foot...
Soutpansberg (12.2 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Mashovhela, also traditionally known as “the place where the drums can be heard”, is the second most sacred place in Venda folklore. This sacred site is still used occasionally by sangomas in rain-making ceremonies. A few years ago the sangomas beat their drums - shortly after which Venda had the heaviest rains and most devastating floods in...
Mountain Biking Trails
Polokwane (Pietersburg) (26.6 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
An exciting activity offered by Nonyana Lodge and Safaris, this mountain bike trail has enough ups and downs to give you the extreme challenge you are looking for. Come and experience it for yourself.
The farm is situated in an area that is perfectly molded for mountain biking. Previous guests have reported the trail is very challenging. There...
Thohoyandou (46.7 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Tramp through the Sacred Forest of Magoebaskloof
Easily one of the most stunning trails in the Limpopo, this four-day hiking trail will take you through the mountainous eastern fringe of the Soutpansberg.
The trail winds past a number of revered sites and the burial grounds of Venda chiefs.
A mystical atmosphere permeates the lush indigenous...
Thohoyandou (49 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
One of South Africa’s largest natural lakes, Lake Fundudzi is situated near the northern part of the Soutpansberg. Visitors need special permission from Venda leaders to go there which makes its allure even more powerful.
The lake and its surrounding lush forests, waterfalls and mountains is imbued with a mystical and spiritual atmosphere. The...
Duiwelskloof (71.1 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Drink a pint inside the widest tree in the world! The legendary Sunland Baobab in Modjadjiskloof is internationally celebrated for being the widest of its species in the world. These magnificent trees evoke impressions of quintessential Africa, and if they could speak - many a fascinating tale could be told.Locals believe this baobab could be as...
Musina Nature Reserve (77.1 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Spot rare antelope and marvel at bizarre trees
Previously named Messina Baobab Forest Reserve for the highest density of baobab trees in South Africa, Musina Nature Reserve is also home to the rare sable antelope.
Other wildlife you are likely to see is giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland and other antelope. Drive the two-hour circular route or get on...
Musina(Messina) (80 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Messina Golf Club is a well kept and interesting golf course at very reasonable tariffs. There is a nice club house and pub were you can mingle with the friendly local members.
Duiwelskloof (80.4 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Modjadji Cycad Reserve offers 12 km of well-maintained day trails from the cycad forest to the lower lying acacias and grasslands. Large antelope including blue wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala, impala and bushbuck can be seen along the trails. Keen birders will find plenty of opportunities to tick off some of the 170 species of forest and bushveld...
Tzaneen (80.8 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Serenely situated on the scenic Hans Merensky Dam, Tzaneen Country Club is an undiscovered challenge for the serious golfer.
The course is alleged to be one of the fairest tests of golf around and should have the high and low handicapper alike urging to book the next round.
Rolling fairways and punishing but fair roughs merge to present a ‘shot...
Modjadji Cycad Reserve (82.3 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Visit South Africa's own natural Jurassic Park, the Modjadji Cycad Forest, which has the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. This stunning reserve is home to some of the oldest and largest cycads in the world - some up to 13 metres high and bearing cones weighing up to 34 kilograms.
Mysteriously situated near the...
Tzaneen (87.4 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Surrounded by nature reserve, Tzaneen Dam is a popular recreation spot for bird watchers, anglers, picnickers, water-sports. Enjoy a barbecue on the banks of the dam.
Magoebaskloof (87.7 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail offers hikers the choice of several hike duration options that range from two to five days. The three-day 50 km circular trail winds through extensive indigenous forest and pine plantations, and past waterfalls, pristine mountain streams and pools.
Expect your jaw to drop at the magnificent scenery. Look out for...
Galleries and Museums
Tzaneen (90.6 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt))
Tzaneen Museum exhibits some ethnological artefacts such as weapons, pottery, African drums and utensils of the local Tsonga and North Sotho people.
Well-informed guides show visitors around and explain the Tsonga legends that are depicted in sculptures under the trees in the garden. The museum also possesses a very large number of pole carvings...