Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge focus on art and culture. Apart from our own Dancing Fish gallery and Textile & Design studio we also source, promote and sell local Limpopo Craft and Art that engage with the rich heritage of Northern Limpopo Province in South Africa. We are pleased to be part of the unique and exciting rural-hip style developing here in the North.
Our Dancing Fish gallery is pretty much a live-in gallery. It embraces all the art and craft displayed in the rooms, lounge, around the pool and gardens and also include our top-notch Cultural Heritage centre where the stories and development of art and craft of the region is told in colourful panels. Madi a Thavha was privileged to get the two seasoned and creative anthropologists, Petra Terblanche and Harold Kolkman to curate the centre and its valuable resources. Our Textile & Design studio at the lodge and the library and Resource room are all embraced in the Dancing Fish Gallery’s dance.
The Dancing Fish gallery is a living and live-in gallery. It presents the multi-faceted, sum total of all the art and craft and heritage exhibited and treasured in and around the lodge as a whole. It invites the Cultural Heritage centre, the Resource room and library, our Textile & Design studio, our CraftArt shop and YOU... to dance with.Get the insider story
Six talented Venda and Tsonga ladies make the soft furnishings of the lodge, design and make items to sell in our shop, do training and custom-made products for guests and love what they are doing.Pick your piece of heritage
Only a mobile-click away from the big wide world, yet to live closer to the earth, grounded in the Ubuntu culture of rural communities, give rural artists and crafters the novelty of developing a unique "rural-hip" style we admire and love to support.Meet the creator
"The friendliness and hospitality of the owner family and the staff are just grand. We can recommend this lodge a 100%."Gundula and Volker Deutsch, Germany
"We had a captivating and intriguing time at this excellent lodge and exploring the surrounding area. High quality everything, we will be back".Michael, Gill, Milo, Theo, Jack, Jim and Felicity
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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 deeper meaning and so becomes a carrier of historical tales, moral values, strengthening the oral tradition and its educational messages.Today, these […]
South African interior designers and architects sometimes plan entire interiors or landscaping around striking pieces of Limpopo’s internationally renowned and award-winning woodcarvers, potters, textile workers, weavers, aluminium smelters and beaders.Everyone that has a Venda or Tsonga sculpture can testify that sheer sensual pleasure, is what they give in return. Those who have been to Constitution […]
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 […]
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