Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge focuses 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 cultural 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 a live-in, ‘dancing’ gallery. It embraces all the art and craft displayed in the rooms, lounge, around the pool and gardens – including our top-notch Cultural Heritage centre where one can get the stories and development of the art and craft of the Soutpansberg & Limpopo valley in a colourful nutshell. 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 own Textile & Design studio, the library books and Resource room are all jiving with the Dancing Fish Gallery!
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 books, our Textile & Design studio, our CraftArt shop and YOU, to jive with! You are welcome, shall we step in?Get the insider story
Six talented Venda and Tsonga ladies make the soft furnishings of the lodge, they design and make items to sell in our shop, do training and create custom-made products for guests and love what they are doing.Pick your piece of heritage
Rural CraftArtists are only a mobile-click away from the big wide world, yet to live closer to earth and to be grounded in the Ubuntu culture of rural communities, give them the chance to develop a fresh, unique, "rural-hip" style that 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
Here we keep you informed about what is worth hearing and feeling in the Soutpansberg Mountains. Northern Limpopo’s unbeaten tracks contain many delightful and unique experiences, especially when you know where to look, that is why we continuously keep a finger on the pulse on your behalf. News Update will also keep you in the loop of Madi a Thavha’s luxuries, special treats, tours, workshops, new packages or specials. Thank you for visiting! Find more articles here »
We once again realized the value of having a great team of committed staff. On Friday 21 August the back part of our Cultural Heritage centre and the adjacent Nandoni guest room went up in flames. It was caused by a fire in one of the refuse containers which we did not pick up fast […]
We so enjoyed our winter season with all the South African and international guests. July and August are always the busiest months of the year having many European families with children who’d like to explore our area. Guests went on guided Arts and Culture tours almost every day; some went on organised mountain bike tours […]
This year Madi a Thavha organised a full-size Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition which gives our artists more exposure and our guests a richer experience of Limpopo. Visitors will be able to see the unique works of 48 of the region’s best artists and master crafters here. Guests can meet artists in their own environments if […]
Did you know that the fruit of Baobab trees contains 3.6 times more Calcium than milk and 16 times more Potassium than pears? Have you tasted a Baobab cheesecake before? Our lodge in the Baobab belt Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the Baobab-belt of Southern Africa. Some of the finest specimens of […]
Well-known Limpopo artists, Mishack Raphalalani and Avhashoni Mainganye represented South African Art at America’s largest folk art market in Santa Fé, in July this year. This annual event in New Mexico gathers artisans from over 60 countries to share their work and cultures in a lively festival filled with art, food and music. It attracts […]
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 […]
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