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 Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National Park Pafuri gate To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg 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.
Embroidering Lungano, oral Venda traditional story telling and songs
Rich tradition of beading in rural Tsonga communities, high skills levels too
Known for huge sculpted marimbas, drums and wooden sculptures
Traditional wooden scultures and beautiful sculpted interior products
Quirky and bright wooden sculptures and musical instruments
Traditional and modern Tsonga bead work, embroidery and jewels
"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.
We are thrilled that you are now reading Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s very first newsletter. We can’t wait to tell you about our lodge’s huge Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition this year, to show you rural-hip Limpopo and introduce you to the artists at their own rural workshops. Northern Limpopo is off the beaten track and contains many delightful experiences we would like to surprise you with. Madi a Thavha has luxury accommodation, wholesome fusion food and a colourful Cultural Heritage Centre for getting the Limpopo vibe in a nutshell – all in the embrace of the ancient Soutpansberg Mountains.
At Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge in the Soutpansberg. In a land of mysteries, steeped in the age-old African tradition of sacred arts and crafts, Limpopo continually generates new talent and fresh interpretations. Each object bears a deeper meaning and so becomes a carrier of historical tales and moral values. Today, these CraftArt forms undergo rapid […]
Art Journaling is a fun, creative and deeply satisfying way to document life’s experiences. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to travel with seasoned artist, teacher and art-therapist Sally Scott to the vibrant heart of Limpopo Province. Track your thoughts You will visit local markets, meet woodcarvers, try your hand on traditional music instruments, smell […]
We were so encouraged by Tom Getman’s letter all the way from Washington: “Not many people travelling in Southern Africa think of Venda in the Limpopo Province as a worthy tourist or project partnership visit. For years visitors have seen this isolated but beautiful mountainous area only as a get-through-road from Johannesburg to the Kruger […]
Many interiors and landscapes has been designed around striking pieces of Limpopo’s world renowned woodcarvers, potters, textile workers, weavers and beaders before. It is that energizing powers of a sculpture like John Baloyi’s Godzilla at Constitution Hill that people so desire. Those lucky ones who own a Venda or Tsonga sculpture would agree that pure […]
Unusual artists, routes for bicycles, colourful people in traditional attire, rare birds, unique plants and trees with plenty of animals to be seen in the rural landscapes of the Soutpansberg mountains. It is one of the most bio-diverse pieces of land on earth. Sculptor Thomas Kubayi’s rural Vutsila Art Centre close to Elim in Northern […]
Rural doctors and taxis and buses and art lovers drive this dust road to Tshivhuyuni frequently. One always find children stringing back and forth to school, women swinging gracefully under heavy loads of firewood or washing on their heads, drive slower at a certain stretch to avoid the Nguni cattle taking their afternoon nap in the […]
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 […]
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