When you like to explore you can opt for various short hiking trails at the lodge. When you can bring your own bicycles with, the terrain at the lodge and surrounding area is very good for mountain bike cycling. Please take note that there are no bicycle-rent companies in rural Limpopo and that you would have to bring your own.
Boabab and other short hiking routes at the lodge
For our energetic guests we have various short hiking routes at the lodge. The one-and-a-half-hour circular Baobab-route up the mountain, is the most popular.
Our local Boabab expert, dr Sarah Venter measured the girth of this Boabab tree at 11.4m and says: “Due to its tallness and position on the southern side of the mountain where it would get more rain than the Boabab’s more natural habitat north of the mountain, I estimate it is between 500 and 600 years old. It is common for outlying trees like this one to be associated with human habitation. I was not surprised to see the archeological site next to this tree, it looks as though it would have been used for a Khoro – the traditional meeting place of a Venda Chief with his headmen – for the more recent occupants of the site”.
Cycling opportunities in the wider Soutpansberg area
When you bring your own bicycles, there are exciting cycling opportunities in the wider Soutpansberg-area. The local Mountain cycling club, has marked five easy to moderate routes for beginners and moderate riders in the mountain above Makhado/Louis Trichardt.
Fun activities for children and adults
At the lodge children can test their physical skills on our gum-pole playground or laze around the pool. A babysitter can be arranged when parents would like to enjoy dinner by themselves (we then serve the meal for the children in the family’s suite).
We have various board games available at the lodge too. If booked in advance, Madi a Thavha can provide fun activities for adults and their children such as making jewelry from traditional beads at the lodge.
On our Village and Lifestyle tours activities can include woodcarving with some of the master-carvers or decorating traditional clay pots at the famous Venda Potters of Mukondeni, or to make music with the traditional instruments of artists at their rural workshops.