We present Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge also as a destination. We really believe in our beautiful area with all the exciting and creative things to do, see and experience here, from mountain biking to cultural tours and workshops with our Venda and Tsonga and Northern Sotho artists and crafters.
This CraftArt page is a celebration of the context of rural hip Limpopo. Here we zoom in a bit on the people of Northern Limpopo to give our guests a glimpse of the general vibe and environment while in the background we continue to visit old friends with new ideas, new friends with new styles and always return inspired and excited to tell you more, show you what we discovered this time… this is what make travellers want to return to Limpopo again and again. It is not always easy, it can sometimes be challenging, but it is always, absolutely worth it!
I’m French and it is the first time that I come to South Africa.. it is an amazing and beautiful place. You are very friendly. I love the colours you decorated the lodge!Elodie, France
We are thrilled that you are now reading Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s very first newsletter. We can’t wait to tell you about our lodge’s huge Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition this year, to show you rural-hip Limpopo and introduce you to the artists at their own rural workshops. Northern Limpopo is off the beaten track and contains many delightful experiences we would like to surprise you with. Madi a Thavha has luxury accommodation, wholesome fusion food and a colourful Cultural Heritage Centre for getting the Limpopo vibe in a nutshell – all in the embrace of the ancient Soutpansberg Mountains.
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 a deeper meaning and so becomes a carrier of historical tales and moral values. Today, these CraftArt forms undergo rapid […]
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 […]
Many interiors and landscapes has been designed around striking pieces of Limpopo’s world renowned woodcarvers, potters, textile workers, weavers and beaders before. It is that energizing powers of a sculpture like John Baloyi’s Godzilla at Constitution Hill that people so desire. Those lucky ones who own a Venda or Tsonga sculpture would agree that pure […]
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 […]
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 […]
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