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 »
This year, five of our staff members entered items for the National Craft award competition of the Innibos Art Festival in Mpumalanga. We are so proud of them. The Innibos craft awards were also the culmination and wrapping up of this year’s National Art’s council programme for 2016-17 meant to develop and promote Limpopo’s crafters. […]
Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is all about rural hip fused with luxury, 4-star accommodation in the heart of colourful Limpopo. This year we assisted 32 Limpopo crafters to enter the prestigious Innibos National Craft Awards. Three made it to the top 50 list Three of our 32 entries made it to the shortlist of […]
A big thank you to all of you who have already voted for us for the SA Tourism’s Lilizela awards! We are so excited for the opportunity to promote responsible tourism in Limpopo. Your vote is extremely valuable and much appreciated. Voting is still open until 18 June. If you like to vote you can […]
Several Limpopo lodges, friends, co artists and members of the Ribola Art Route are cooperating to raise funds for medical treatment for Limpopo woodcarver, artist and musician, Thomas Kubayi, who is in dire need of specialist medical care. Funding in SA is managed by John Rosmarin of Leshiba Wilderness and can be made to the […]
This was a year of many shifts and drama in our country. In Limpopo and the whole of South Africa 2016 goes down as one of the driest in some 100 years. We are overjoyed with the recent, late summer rains and spectacular thunderstorms that never fails to give the mountain and valleys an instant […]
Limpopo is known for our abundant big game in the Kruger Park, Mapungubwe world heritage site and all the bushveld safari lodges. But, did you know… It is Limpopo’s cultural heritage that binds us together The Soutpansberg mountain range with its sibling mountains the Blouberg and Makgabeng and the Limpopo flood river valley, is not […]
Jackson and Rose Baloyi’s family live the real meaning of Ubuntu, roughly translated it means “human kindness”. These two, kind people raised their 6 children in their warm, hospitable, creative homestead at Riverplaats, a rural community on top of the foothills of the Soutpansberg near Elim in Limpopo. Living respectfully The respect for each other […]
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