Madi a Thavha is well-known for our central location in Limpopo, our focus on culture and our luxury, rural-hip interiors. The accommodation consists of three Guest suites and five Guest rooms with a central pool & lapa adjacent to the Farmhouse. The reception, our CraftArt shop and dining room is in the Farmhouse where we serve scrumptious home-cooded food on prior order.
Our Dancing Fish gallery is like a live-in cultural heritage gallery and embraces Madi a Thavha Textile & Design studio, all the CraftArt displayed in the rooms and gardens and the Cultural Heritage centre. Here the colourful stories of the region are presented on huge wall panels with ancient beadwork, traditional music instruments and ceramic artifacts on display. A permanent exhibition of contemporary Limpopo CraftArt decorate the veranda.
Madi a Thavha facilitates a variety of guided village tours, and can add creative activities and cultural performances at the lodge or on tour. Hiking, cycling and birding can be done practically from your room or suite’s doorstep too.
Five cheerful, luxury Guest rooms with exceptional Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho art and craft. All rooms are close to lodge’s restaurant, pool and amenities.Choose your room now
Our three luxury Guest suites each has its own special character and beauty inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the peoples of northern Limpopo. All suites have fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens with verandas and a braai.Pick the suite you like!
Lodging guests are free to visit our Cultural Heritage centre, Art gallery, Textile & Design studio, to hike and cycle around the lodge or to just laze around the pool and lapa. Meals and picnic baskets can be booked in the Farmhouse.More to see and do at the lodge
Our Bush house offer private spacious and luxury accommodation amongst huge African thorn trees with a splendid view on the mountain. Self catering and ideal for family or friends holidaying togetherSee the Sandriver Bush house
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
See and experience the lifestyles of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho peoples on our village and lifestyle tours in Northern Limpopo. If you wish we add fun, creative activities and cultural performances on tour or at the lodge. The Soutpansberg region offers unusual cycling, birding and hiking opportunities.
Sitting central in Northern Limpopo Madi a Thavha mountain lodge make for a popular stay over very close to Botswana, Zimbabwe and for the more adventurous 4x4 drivers also close to Mozambique. We are well-situated to do wonderful day trips to Mapungubwe, the two most northern gates of the National Kruger Park, Pafuri and Punda Maria and the subtropical green belts of the Levubu valley and the Wolkberge in Tzaneen.
To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Kruger National Park Pafuri gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate
"We really enjoyed the attention to detail and the bright colours. Percy is an excellent chef! We will visit again and find more special birds."Jonathan and Paulette Bloomer and Stephane van Rooyen, Pretoria RSA
Rural artists live close to earth. Connected to the worldwide web and being grounded in the culture of rural communities, paved the way to an exciting rural-hip style developing in the far north of South Africa – one that draw from the rich cultural heritage of the north yet also engages with modern mediums and universal politics. Our lodge is infused with this vibe, by design and by passion.
Beading secrets from the royal kraal
Venda storytelling in wood and functional art
Contemporary sensual wooden sculptures and benches
Characteristic mix of metal and wood in famous benches
Rural and national social comment in colour and wood
Culture, religion and oral history feature strongly in master's sculptures
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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