This tour takes visitors to the north of Venda with its amazing Baobab trees, quaint villages, raw beauty and famous artists. If you have time also see the biggest Boabab tree in the region and the modern Oprah-school with its eco-friendly design in the deepest of the Venda mountains.
Head North-East through Nzhelele valley in Mountain
From Madi a Thavha we head north-east through the mountains, pass subtropical orchards and traditional homesteads build on stone terraces, pass the rolling green tea plantations of Tshivhase and Mukumbani estates always making a brilliant backdrop for photos. These tea estates produce the Midi tea brand and provide work to two thousand people living in the surrounding villages.
Cool break at Phiphidi sacred waterfall, also hear deap sounding Venda drums
You can take a cool break at the Phiphidi waterfalls, one of the sacred sites of the vhaVenda, and then pass Donald Frazer mission hospital, rural Khubvi with its roadside sweet potato markets and stop to see some of the well-known deep-sounding Venda drums at Thandama Crafts Centre.
The far North’s world renowned artists and Baobabs
A bit further we visit Albert Monyayi, famous sculptor and traditional healer, known for his quirky sense of humor and giant drum- and marimba-sculptures.The road continues North in the direction of Thengwe and Muswodi. At the sign of Tshixwadza / Dalavhuredzi falls is a turn to the left to go to Mufulwi village, where the Proudly South African master crafter and potter Rebecca Matibe can be visited. Rebecca Matibe delights in welcoming guests to her homestead and frequently demonstrates how she makes her pots.
School with planted roofs supported by Oprah
After this experience, one follow the gravel road from Mufulwi to Tshixwadza, passing Vele school with its ‘planted roofs’, in a beautiful village on the mountain ridge called Gogogo. This Oprah Winfrey –supported school is a newly build public school with a eco-efficient and learner-centric architecture and campus design. The “teaching tree” is being preserved in the centre of the school and used to be the school under which children has been taught in the past. From the R 523 the route turns back into the N1 to return to Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge.
An additional loop for this tour could be to visit The Big Tree
Instead of driving back from Rebecca Mathivhe via Tshixwadza you can continue on the main road to the north to see the baobab trees and to visit the Big Tree at Sagole Spa. You return to Louis Trichardt / Makhado via Tshipisi and the N1 then.
Rates Land of Legend tour
|Land of Legend Tour|
|Tour including transport – tour guide – picnic. From 3 persons per person – valid until 31/10/2015||R 1170|
|Tour including transport – tour guide – picnic. for 2 persons per person – valid until 31/10/2015||R 1755|