Driving east from Pietersburg (Polokwane) to Haenertsburg, the land rapidly changes from flat, dry bushveld to steep hills and valleys covered in lush green forests.

Perched up in the hills, Haenertsburg looks like a little piece of Austria transplanted to Africa.

A tiny village of just one main street, this is a lovely place to enjoy a quiet meal before or after enjoying the great outdoors of the Letaba District.

Originally a gold rush town that sprung up in 1887, Haenertsburg is now a destination for the avid hiker, the urban escapee, and the nature lover.


An international arboretum is sited in the Market Square and is home to over 400 species of trees.

Dap Naude Dam
A scenic drive off the R71 takes the visitor to this tranquil spot.

Ebenezer Dam
A magnificent setting with sparkling waters backdropped by the imposing Iron Crown Moutain, the highest peak in the Wolkberg.

Hiking Trails
Some of the country's best-organised and most scenic trails through the Magoebaskloof and near the town. This includes SAFCOL Magoebaskloof Big 5, Louis Changuion, Lesodi, Cheerio Gardens and Wegraakbos Farms.

Iron Crown Mountain & Serala
The highest peak in the Wolkberg is reachable by vehicle. Serala forms the larges wilderness area in the province.

John Buchan Memorial
The famous Scottish writer, later Lord Tweedsmuir, once resided in the Magoebaskloof area and based his novel Prester John on the area.

A deeply wooded pass between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen. Named after King Makgoba, leader of the Tlou Tribe.

Moutain Biking, Horse and 4x4 Trails
Bikes can be hired in the village and different 4x4 trails and horse trails are on offer.

O'Conner Memorial
A memorial to the former District Officer for the Woodbush.

Trout Fishing
The area offers the fly fishing enthusiast a vast selection of lodges with private waters and guided fishing trails.

War Memorial
The War Memorial was erected in memory of local residents who died in the Makgoba War.

Wegraakbosch Dairy
During tours and tasting visitors can watch cheese being made in the age old traditional Swiss manner.

Woodbush Forest & Tallest Tree
A Blue Gum tree Eucalytus saligna or grand, standing in the reserve, estimated to be 82,5 metres high is the tallest tree in South Africa.

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