Giyani, the ‘place where the people dance’ and ‘land of the friendly people’, was officially established in 1969. It is the administrative and commercial centre of the Mopani district and also the former capital of Gazankulu.
In many ways it still resembles a friendly traditional village and the people of Giyani are known for their wealth of folklore, of which two hundred folktales (along with nineteen hundred proverbs) have been recorded.
Giyani is also rich in cultural history, with royal families dating as far back as 1822 who were related to the famous Rain Queen Modjadji.
Giyani’s location in the warm African Bushveld makes it attractive for both local and international visitors.
The R81 is the major road that runs through Giyani. It joins the R524 to Punda Maria entrance gate of the Kruger National Park.
Attractions in and around Giyani include:
– The Giyani Golf course is home to zebra, giraffe, bushbuck and some other herbivores.
– Man’ombe Nature Reserve is located 6 km east of Giyani.
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