Luxury suites and Guest rooms with mountain views, layered in the vibrant colors and earthy textures of rural Limpopo. Fusion food and the best of local CraftArt in our gallery, shop, and textile studio, in fact the golden thread of Limpopo's heritage runs through our entire lodge. Cycling, hiking, birding and village tours to be done at lodge and surrounds.
Five cheerful, luxury Guest rooms with exceptional Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho art and craft. All rooms are close to lodge’s restaurant, pool and amenities.Choose your room now
Our three luxury Guest suites each has its own special character and beauty inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the peoples of northern Limpopo. All suites have fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens with verandas and a braai.Pick the suite you like!
Lodging guests are free to visit our Cultural Heritage centre, Art gallery, Resource room, Textile & Design studio, to hike and cycle around the lodge or to just relax around the pool and lapa. Meals and picnic baskets can be booked in the farmhouse too.More to see and do at the lodge
“The fire-place in our suite has been wonderful, you really go the extra mile at this lodge”Hennie and Mollie Wagner (RSA)
See and experience the lifestyles of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho peoples on our village and lifestyle tours in Northern Limpopo. If you wish we add fun, creative activities and cultural performances on tour or at the lodge. The Soutpansberg region offers unusual cycling, birding and hiking opportunities.
Sitting central in Northern Limpopo Madi a Thavha mountain lodge make for a popular stay over very close to Botswana, Zimbabwe and for the more adventurous 4x4 drivers also close to Mozambique. We are well-situated to do wonderful day trips to Mapungubwe, the two most northern gates of the National Kruger Park, Pafuri and Punda Maria and the subtropical green belts of the Levubu valley and the Wolkberge in Tzaneen.
To Kruger National Park Pafuri gate To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate
"Many thanks Aart and Marcelle and success with all your development plans! "Peter and Monique Taylor, Centurion South Africa
Rural artists and crafters have the novelty of being only a mobile-click away from the big wide world yet, living closer to the earth, they have time to reflect and to be grounded in the Ubuntu culture of rural communities. This paved the way to a unique and exciting rural hip style developing in the far north of South Africa - a style drawing from the rich heritage of the northern peoples yet, one that very much engage with modern mediums and universal politics. Our lodge is infused with this vibe, by design and by passion.
Handcrafted paper from elephant dung
Quirky and bright wooden sculptures and musical instruments
Unique patterns based on heritage elements
Venda storytelling in wood and functional art
A Barok bag is a piece of Art
Rich tradition of beading in rural Tsonga communities, high skills levels too
"I have been to many places locally and abroad, Madi a Thavha has a unique identity with a compelling aura. Bravo!Tau, Tumi and Rategang Mohumapelo, South Africa.
Welcome to our Travel magazine and blog! It will be updated four times per year with travel tips, new developments and news of what's happening on the vibrant northern frontiers of South Africa. We will also keep you in the loop of Madi a Thavha mountain lodge's special tours, workshops, new packages or specials here. Thank you for visiting, hope to see you soon again!
Well-known Zimbabwean artist Nonny Mathe applies different mediums and techniques like batik and acryl paint on textile and canvas. The maize flour resist she uses to create the cracking effect, give her work striking layers of texture and depth. Her paintings are mainly abstract and semi-abstract with moving figures captured in bold, rich colours. Workshop […]
Pam-pam-pam……welcome to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s new website! What has changed? You now have an easy-click virtual “coffee-table-travellers’ guide” to vibrant Northern Limpopo, literally at the tip of your thumbs. Your homework of what to do and see and where to stay in Northern Limpopo all ready on a silver plate – and a mobile […]
A flowering Baobab tree is a spectacular botanical sight! It has the most unusual delicate flowers, budding pure white against the solid, plump arms and fresh leaves of these African giants. Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the southern part of the Boabab-belt of South Africa and flowering time here is from October untill December. […]
Besides running the lodge, Madi a Thavha is deeply involved with development programmes, often in partnership with like-minded NGO’s, community organisations and individuals. We strongly feel that it is important to share the skills that we developed at Madi a Thavha in the field of arts, crafts and sewing, business development, cooking and housekeeping. We […]
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