The Magoebaskloof Mountain Pass – Gateway to the Lowveld
Connecting the towns of Haenertsburg and Tzaneen is the Magoebaskloof Mountain Pass, not only one of the great classic passes of the Limpopo Province, but also one of the finest scenic passes in South Africa. The pass climbs 446 vertical metres to summit at 1400m. The pass is tarred, and offers plenty of thrills for motor bikers as well as drivers.
The pass offers stunning scenery and some of South Africa’s finest indigenous forests in which waterfalls, lakes and craggy kloofs are found. The pass leads from the Highveld down the Drakensberg escarpment to the sub-tropical Lowveld, dropping about 600 metres over a distance of only six kilometres. Picnicking, fly-fishing, swimming and hiking are popular pastimes in the region.
One of the scenic highlights is the Debegeni Waterfall, which means “place of pots” in North-Sotho. Situated at the foot of the Magoebaskloof, the waterfall is a favourite picnic spot in summer. Braai facilities are available.
Magoebaskloof Ruskamp, Magoebaskloof Hotel, Glenshiel Hotel, Pot and Plow and Stanford Heights, The Wheelbarrow and Allesbeste Farmstall are all situated on-route and offer food and beverages, fresh produce, gifts and curios and nurseries to guests while they can relax and enjoy wonderful views over the Magoebaskloof valley.
The Commonwealth Plantations is an arboretum of large gum trees planted in the 1930’s and protected to commemorate the Commonwealth Forestry Conference of 1935 is also worth a visit.
Magoebaskloof is only 3,5 hours from Gauteng and 1,5 hours from the Kruger National Park. So, the next time you go to the Kruger National Park, take the scenic route past Haenertsburg, through the lovely town Tzaneen and enter the world-renowned attraction at the Phalaborwa gate.
The Limpopo Province offers some of the best road infrastructure in South Africa, and the climate is moderate all year round. The clean and fresh air, breath-taking scenery and wide variety of accommodation makes the Magoebaskloof/Tzaneen area, a must visit destination!
Tzaneen offers all the necessary conveniences, with good schools, hospitals, shopping facilities and many more, and the surrounding areas boasts tourism attractions and overnight accommodation for every taste and need.
For more information regarding Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen and surrounds, visit: www.mountaingetaways.co.za / www.iinfo.co.za.