Haenertsburg is known as the capital of the Land of the Silver Mist and is situated on the R71 between Polokwane and Tzaneen. This picturesque small village is set at the foot of the Strydpoortberg Mountains, the northern tip of the Drakensberg range of mountains. This is a region of mountain peaks, crystal clear waterfalls and silent lakes set amidst beautiful indigenous forests. Haenertsburg originated as a gold mining town in 1887, and the remains of some of the old mines can still be seen in the area. The village was named after one Carl Haenerts, a german big game hunter who came to South Africa in 1857, fell in love with the country and settled to become its first ever coffee grower.
Haenert discovered gold near here and was one of the first people to acquire land in the village. Just outside Haenertsburg is the Wolberg Wilderness Area, which is the largest untouched area of indigenous forest remaining in Limpopo Province. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg in this area are some of the best trout fishing streams in Africa. This is a truly picturesque part of Limpopo and well worth visiting.