The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Politsi River

Afrikaans name: Politsi Rivier

Railway bridge

Railway bridge spanning the Politsi River

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Politsi River is a small river that drains from west to east down the escarpment in Limpopo province. It crosses the road between Tzaneen and Modjadjiskloof and then joins the Tzaneen Dam before flowing into the Groot Letaba River.

The river feeds the Magoebaskloof Dam and this dam, unfortunately, has had a negative impact on the flow of the river. Forestry, agriculture and informal settlements are also responsible for the poor health of the river.

The R36 between Tzaneen and Modjadjiskloof crosses over the Politsi River. To the western side of the road is the magnificent multi-arch railway bridge which is worth taking a look at.

The beautiful Debengeni Waterfall is on the Politsi River a few kilometres upstream from the Magoebaskloof Dam. This is a popular destination for picnickers and hikers. The surrounding forest is also great for birdwatching.

Do you have any memories of the Politsi River?



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