Debengeni Falls, Limpopo
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In the local Pedi language, Debengeni means 'the place of the big pot'.
The Debengeni Falls, which lie at the foot of the scenic Magoebaskloof Mountains near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province, is an ideal place to recharge. You can swim in its big pool in summer (December to March). Mother Nature has carved the Debengeni or ‘place of the big pot' right in the most idyllic setting in the bush, which also contains an impressive bird population, including some rare species. This big ‘pot' of the tranquil waters attracts the rare colourful grey Wagtail, which is a regular summer visitor.
The Woodbush Forest nearby is the largest indigenous forest in Limpopo and boasts more than 40 species of trees indigenous to the region. Nowhere else in South Africa has the Bush Strike has been sighted before. Another beautiful bird species you can see in the area, if you are persistent enough, include the Chorister Robin, a species only found in South Africa and Swaziland, and the mostly green Narina Trogon.
The area is popular for its challenging hiking trails, which make cooling yourself in the pond at the Debengeni falls in Pietersburg a must after you have worn yourself out from hiking and bird-watching. If you are into mountain biking, you can test your fitness by trying the Debengeni Downhill ride, which covers a challenging 15 - 18 km. Take advantage of the scenic view of rolling tropical rainforest, tea plantations and the Magoebaskloof Dam all around you.
You will find the Debengeni waterfall is the right venue if you want a well-deserved break from hiking around. It's also the perfect setting for a nice picnic under the shade of trees.
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