Tzaneen and Polokwane are large towns situated on the North Western entrance into the Lowveld. Getting to Polokwane from anywhere in the central Lowveld region, requires one to drive through Tzaneen. It is then a trip of 98km thereafter to Polokwane. At times, this route can be very slow so it is recommended that anything from 1 hour – 1 hour 15 min is recommended to be accounted for between Tzaneen and Polokwane.
On the other side of town, Tzaneen is linked via road to both Phalaborwa, via the small town of Graskop and to Hoedspruit either via the small town of Mica or via the small farming settlement called Ofcolaco.
The trip from Tzaneen to Phalaborwa is 125 km long along a rood that is one of the quieter in the region. As one leaves the farming region of Tzaneen, the road then moves through large mining areas around Gravellotte and then through extensive game farming areas before reaching the town of Phalaborwa.
The roads to Hoedspruit are both 120km long with the road via Mica being of better quality and a quicker route, however, depending on the final location within the Hoedspruit region, either of the routes will be used. This route generally takes an hour, depending on the traffic and the condition of the roads. The road via Ofcolaco winds its way through a number of busy rural communities, which can be very interesting for the tourist who wishes to see the broad spectrum of life in South Africa, however, it can also be a little slower route for the visitor in a hurry to get to their next destination.