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
Welcome to our Travel magazine and blog! It will be updated four times per year with travel tips, new developments and news of what's happening on the vibrant northern frontiers of South Africa. We will also keep you in the loop of Madi a Thavha mountain lodge's special tours, workshops, new packages or specials here. Thank you for visiting, hope to see you soon again!
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 […]
Pam-pam-pam……welcome to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s new website! What has changed? You now have an easy-click virtual “coffee-table-travellers’ guide” to vibrant Northern Limpopo, literally at the tip of your thumbs. Your homework of what to do and see and where to stay in Northern Limpopo all ready on a silver plate – and a mobile […]
A flowering Baobab tree is a spectacular botanical sight! It has the most unusual delicate flowers, budding pure white against the solid, plump arms and fresh leaves of these African giants. Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the southern part of the Boabab-belt of South Africa and flowering time here is from October untill December. […]
Besides running the lodge, Madi a Thavha is deeply involved with development programmes, often in partnership with like-minded NGO’s, community organisations and individuals. We strongly feel that it is important to share the skills that we developed at Madi a Thavha in the field of arts, crafts and sewing, business development, cooking and housekeeping. We […]
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