When you decide not to explore the region, various hiking routes, cycling, fun- and creative activities can keep you busy for days at the lodge.
Boabab hike and Cycling
For our energetic guests we have various short hiking routes at the lodge. The one-and-a-half-hour circular Baobab-route up the mountainis the most popular. Our local Boabab expert, dr Sarah Venter measured the girth of this Boabab tree at 11.4m. “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 meeting place or Khoro – the traditional meeting place of a Venda Chief with his headmen – for the more recent occupants of the site,” says dr Venter.
We also have bicycles at the lodge and offer easy-going guided cycling tours visiting villages like Tshikota and Tshiozwi in the Western Soutpansberg mountains. Exciting hiking and cycling opportunities in the wider Soutpansberg-area can be arranged on request. 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
Madi a Thavha provide fun activities for adults and their children either in the comfort of the lodge or on tour in rural villages. This can include woodcarving with some of the master-carvers making jewelery of handmade, recycled, glass beads, creating and decorating traditional clay pots in villages or to make music with the artists at their home-studios. Children can test their physical skills on a gum-pole playground at the lodge or figure out our activity boxes’ imaginative content at the resource centre. 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). Toys and games are always at hand. Creative children can also join the Madi a Thavha Design team to make crafty items in the Textile & Design Studio at the lodge.