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The festive season is all about exploring, relaxing, and making cherished memories. With diverse experiences for everyone, Tzaneen and surrounds may just be the ideal holiday destination. Nkhensani Ngomane, the creative persona behind Limpopo Experienced, is always on top of the latest and hottest things to do. Read her top 10 suggestions for an unforgettable festive season in and around the beautiful tropical town of Tzaneen.

1. Tzaneen Country Lodge - Merlot Bath for Two

I love the slow pace of our small-town life. Since I discovered that Tzaneen Country Lodge has a Merlot Bath, my life has never been the same. Imagine soaking in red wine for a whole hour. It's a ‘pure-bliss’ experience in the lap of nature. I value relaxation, and this is the ultimate soft-life treat. Contact: 015 304 3079.

2. The Curve Suite Guesthouse - Accommodation with Scenic Views

The natural beauty surrounding The Curve Suite Guesthouse is breath-taking. With the Petanenge mountains near Tzaneen as a backdrop, it's a scenic haven. Equally enchanting are the smiles of the local villagers, who warmly welcome you as one of their own. But what truly makes The Curve Suite feel like home is the exceptional service. From the personalised touches in the rooms to the friendly chats at breakfast, it's the attention to detail and warm atmosphere that create a memorable and heart-warming experience. Contact: 068 825 4983| 076 468 9203.

3. Muhlava Royal Palace - Rich History & Notable Figures

Just 7 km from The Curve, I recommend a visit to the Muhlava Royal Palace - it's like stepping back in time. I enjoyed admiring the statue of the paramount chief, Muhlava Shiluvana I, and exploring the Wall of Fame, featuring notable figures like Ndavi Nukeri Miss South Africa 2022. It's a great place to capture memories and learn about the rich history of Muhlava village. Contact the Nkuna Traditional Offices: 071 866 3838 |

4. Xitiko African Food Restaurant - Savour Local Delicacies

I love home cooked hearty meals like those offered at Xitiko African Food Restaurant in Nkowankowa. Their menu is a treat for my taste buds with dishes like pap with xikopo (ox head), hardbody, chicken, and cabbage. Occasionally, they even serve maasbanker fish and tripe. It's a great place to hang out with friends and family and enjoy some delicious food and the atmosphere is wholesome - a Must Try! Contact 063 613 7771. Section B Main Road to Mariveni village, Nkowankowa.

5. Letsitele Guesthouse and Restaurant - Pizza Perfection

I really enjoy food so I travel for two things: eating and capturing food memories. Letsitele Guesthouse and Restaurant offers enjoyable, perfectly made pizzas. Take the whole family for the cosy ambiance and the art, decor and scenery of the guesthouse and restaurant which is Instagram-worthy. Contact: 073 845 1522.

6. Nikiwe Farm - Family Fun and Adventure

For an action-packed day with your loved ones, Nikiwe Farm on the R71 road in Letsitele is a perfect option. This farm offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, including quad biking, ziplining, and paintball. They are open daily from 10:00 to 19:00, ensuring hours of fun and excitement for the whole family. Contact: 082 355 6889 | 062 389 5730.

7. See Tzaneen from above: Microlight with Air Born.

I'm all about trying new things to stay forever young! Recently, I had an exhilarating microlight flight with Steve from Air Born over Tzaneen. The breath-taking landscapes, Tzaneen Dam and many bridges from up high left me totally obsessed with Tzaneen. It's an incredible experience, unlike anything else. Contact: 071 302 7323.

8. Phoenix Boat Cruise at Letaba Junction

I also really enjoy a slow life, and one of my favourite things, which I also love sharing with kids, is the Letaba Junction boat cruise. It's a delightful experience that allows me to relax, enjoy the Letaba River's beauty while eating a delicious meal and spot beautiful birds. If we're lucky, we sometimes even catch a glimpse of some crocodiles. It's the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature, making it a must for a Tzaneen family-experience this festive season. Contact: 015 004 0873.

9. Visit Krabbefontein: coffee heaven

Just before heading up the Magoebaskloof mountain, there's a charming coffee shop on the right hand side. They serve the finest locally-grown coffee from Allesbeste Boerdery, and their Roosterkoek is a must-try. I'm a craft gin enthusiast, and the fact that I can enjoy my favourite, Very Tsonga gin there truly makes it feel like home. Contact: 076 968 0483.

10. The ultimate sport event: Nkowankowa Community Games

On 27 December, Nkowankowa Stadium is hosting a must-experience event this festive season. It's the ultimate sports day with cycling, colour runs, netball, rugby, and thrilling soccer championships. Don't miss it! It's a fantastic day to get your heart racing and your spirit soaring with excitement. Catch up with old friends, watch the kids enjoying sports, try tasty food from different stalls and soak up the festive atmosphere before the year ends. Contact: 082 474 1405.

Limpopo Experienced, born from the creative mind of Nkhensani Ngomane, is a digital marketing firm fuelled by a deep passion for both adventure and marketing. ‘Drawing from years of marketing experience, I've directed my focus towards the exciting world of tourism marketing, and this journey has been nothing short of amazing. I have had the opportunity to work and learn from the most talented individuals and businesses in tourism when I manage their social media, as that is one of our core business offerings.’ Connect with Nkhensani Ngomane on 082 612 0707.

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