Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge focuses on art and culture. Apart from our own Dancing Fish gallery and Textile & Design studio we source, promote and sell local Limpopo Craft and Art in particular those 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 embraces all the art and craft displayed in the rooms, lounge, around the pool and gardens – including our Cultural Heritage center where the stories and development of the art and craft of the Soutpansberg & Limpopo valley is displayed in a colourful nutshell. Madi a Thavha was privileged to get two seasoned anthropologists, Petra Terblanche and Harold Kolkman to curate the centre and its valuable resources. Our own Textile & Design studio and library books 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 culture of rural communities, give them the chance to develop a fresh, unique, "rural-hip" style that we 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
The mountains and valleys of Northern Limpopo has many surprises and delightful experiences to offer; a colorful spread of cultural heritage, CraftArt and extraordinary biodiversity awaits visitors who like to explore. With our News Update you can keep your finger on the pulse of special treats, tours, workshops and new discoveries in the vibrant North. Enjoy and thank you for visiting! Find more articles here »
Busy, busy always at Madi a Thavha to keep our service up and colourful. The past few months have been full of new things and excitement at the lodge again. Would you like to volunteer at Vhutshilo mountain school for vulnerable children? Madi a Thavha supports Vhutshilo mountain school for Aids orphans and vulnerable children […]
“Venda – the word itself conjures up images of python dances, sacred forests and ancient traditional beliefs. And, in a way, it is just that; magical, cultural, friendly, welcoming,” says Sarah Bergs on her recent Woza travel blog about Madi a Thava – Woza Travel focus on Fair Trade hotels, green accredited Eco lodges, Nature […]
Soft dung-floors and colourful wall-art on traditional Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho homesteads are some of the most distinct characteristics of rural Limpopo. Sadly, with modern brick-and-mortar houses being easier to build and more convenient to maintain, this wonderful indigenous art-form becomes scarcer by the day. Preserving heritage in contemporary form Rural Limpopo fortunately still […]
Each November when our giant Baobabs push out their spectacular white flowers is the best time to stop the crazy world, to rejuvenate your soul in a small 20-minute peep through a window of sheer wonder. Did you know, baobabs start to flower at the tender age of 200 years and to see a flower […]
This year international bead-company Preciosa Ornella invited traditional African beaders to enter a competition with the aim to encourage new, quality CraftArt done in beads. The Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people in Limpopo are excellent beaders and Madi a Thavha did not hesitate to help 8 beaders from Limpopo to enter the competition. Chrystal […]
One of the best things in life is to witness people grow. At Madi a Thavha we are fortunate that we have seen a couple of men and women grow their inherent potential to become confident young leaders. Tebocho attended Access to Markets for Profit Workshop Tebocho Mathase, manager of the Madi a Thavha Textile […]
In September, we enter our second year as the National Arts Council’s Craft Flagship in Limpopo. During year two, more focus will be on marketing. Madi a Thavha is busy building a showroom in Parkhurst where Limpopo artists can exhibit and we are currently identifying places and events in Joburg and other big cities where […]
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