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Modjadji Cycad Reserve

The Modjadji cycad is one of the largest in the cycad family, some reaching 13 meters high, with their cones weighing in at 34 kg, the cycads seed between December and Feburary, the best time to view them. And the Modjadji Cycad Reserve is the largest concentration of one species of cycad in the world. With an area of 560 hectares, this unique forest is like walking through a prehistoric wilderness, with these giant cycads looming over you and that eerie sensation that you are being watched by monsters and dinosaurs from another era. The area has been watched over for centuries by the Bolovedu tribe and their queen, the Modjadji (Ruler of the day) - Rain Queen.

The story of the first rain queen is debateable, but legend has it that the first rain queen Princess Dzugugnini was conceived between her mother and grandfather, scandal in the royal family sent her and her son into exile further south where the Bolovedu tribe was formed. The Rain Queen, was said to have taken her rain making powers with her and every year in November her successors hold a rain making ceremony at the royal compound. The rain queen is not allowed to marry but may have many illegitimate children and many "wives", when the queen feels like she is going to die, she takes a poison and her oldest daughter oldest becomes the new Rain Queen.

So more that just a nature reserve with fascinating scenery, there is a network of walks which drop down from the mountain onto the veld below where over 170 species of birds and game such blue wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala, impala and bushbuck can be viewed. There is also a small museum dedicated to the history of The Rain Queen.

For more information contact Modjadji Cycad Reserve Tel: +27-82-2004596

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Sleeps: 6

Boskiep 2

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Tzaneen

26.2km South of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Boskiep 2 provides self catering flat accommodation in Tzaneen, in the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 6). Boskiep 2 is a convenient stopover or holiday base, an affordable self catering flat for business travellers, sales representatives, tourists, parents wit

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Coach House Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Tzaneen

35.0km South of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Coach House Hotel & Spa offers hotel accommodation near Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. (38 Rooms). Easily accessible from Gauteng, Coach House Hotel & Spa offers country style hospitality and comfort in tranquil settings. Internationally renowned, this

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Sleeps: 14 in 6 units/rooms

Granny Dot's Country Spot

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tzaneen

36.8km South of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Granny Dot's Country Spot offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the outskirts of Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. This is the perfect spot snugly settled on a hillside amidst lush tropical greenery and overlooking the magnificent Wolkberg mountains ra

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Sleeps: 100 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 300,00
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Casa Clavella

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

39.3km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Casa Clavella provides a wonderful self catering escape in the heart of Magoebaskloof between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. This self catering home sleeps 10 people. Stunning views abound from this three storey Manor House in the heart

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Pavetta Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

41.4km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Pavetta Country House provides self catering accommodation in Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. This self catering house (6 adults and 2 children) is scenically placed next to the Haenertsburg Trout Association's trophy dam with great views over the

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Glenogle Farm, The Stables and The Loft

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

42.3km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Glenogle Farm offers 2 self catering cottages in the mountainous area of Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 4 and sleeps 2). Situated between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen, hidden amongst the pine plantations in the beautiful mountainous area of Ma

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Sleeps: 28 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

45.5km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Cheerio Trout Fishing Lodge offers a self catering escape in the beautiful Cheerio Valley close to Haenertsburg, in the Magoebaskloof area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen and is an excellent stop over to the Kruger National Park and other game parks. (Slee

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Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Haenertsburg

47.5km South of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation provides chalet accommodation near Haenetsburg in the Limpopo province. Discover a magical place where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born. Magoebaskloof Adventure Chalets' wooden chalets are in

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Zwakala River Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

47.7km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a privately owned farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains, just north of Haenertsburg in the Limpopo Province. Our array of accommodation includes cosy self catering cottages, a guest house and a private camp sit

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Sleeps: 9 in 4 units/rooms

L'Orange Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

49.4km South West of center of Modjadji Cycad Reserve

L'Orange provides self catering accommodation in Haenertsburg in the Limpopo province. L’Orange one of the oldest houses in Haenertsburg. It was built back in the early 1960s. Karen Boyum (a humanitarian and founder of Thusanang) and two friends, bought t

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