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ROUTE 71 – The Valley of the Olifants

Although the N1 highway takes you comfortably (toll gates ensure that the quality of the road remains satisfactory), from Pretoria to Polokwane and further north to Musina, there are alternative routes that pass through small towns along the way, which will slightly lengthen your journey, yet introduce you to the countryside of this north-eastern corner of South Africa.
 

Home of the Champion Trees

Eucalyptus saligna situated in the Woodbush Forest Estate, Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen, ranked as the tallest trees in the Southern hemisphere and the tallest trees in Africa

Tzaneen and its surrounding areas are the proud hosts of as many as 10 of the Champion Trees in South Africa. And what are Champion Trees exactly? 
 
The Champion Tree Project was born on a sunny day in the spring of 2002, when the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry initiated a project to identify and safeguard trees worthy of special protection throughout South Africa. Champion Trees are significant because of their remarkable size, age, or aesthetic, cultural, historic and tourism value.
 

The Ostrich Boom - by Adri Odendaal

The main reason for Oudtshoorn’s quick fortune can be summed up in the unlikely form of the ostrich.
 
The huge flightless bird, indigenous to Africa, and ideally suited to the Karoo’s dry environment, produced magnificent feathers that had become extremely popular as high fashion accessories in Britian and Europe, especially when feather trimming for hats and boas. 
 

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