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 Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Kruger National Park Pafuri gate To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg
"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 and crafters have the novelty of being only a mobile-click away from the big wide world yet, living closer to the earth, they have time to reflect and to be grounded in the Ubuntu culture of rural communities. This paved the way to a unique and exciting rural hip style developing in the far north of South Africa - a style drawing from the rich heritage of the northern peoples yet, one that very much engage with modern mediums and universal politics. Our lodge is infused with this vibe, by design and by passion.
Rural and national social comment in colour and wood
Sculptures, musical instruments and drumming performances
Traditional woven Tsonga baskets made from grass, wood and river reeds
One day a canary yellow ‘fly-machini’ with peppermint green dots rose out of the dust of Tshivuyuni village near Elim in rural Limpopo.
Skin care products based on baobab oil
Childcare volunteers in the far Northern Limpopo, sew and bead as extra income.
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 »
The fertile Levubu valley with its subtropical crops like avocados, bananas, litchis, guavas and macadamia and pecan nuts is often described as the fruit basket of Northern Limpopo. The Levubu valley runs east to west along the southern foot hills of the Soutpansberg mountains going east between Louis Trichardt and the Kruger National Park’s Punda Maria […]
The three winners of Madi a Thavha’s Limpopo CraftArt design competition 2016 were announced at Design Time School of Interior Design’s annual prizegiving ceremony in Cape Town recently. Carla Janse van Rensburg took the first prize with her Likela light fitting designed for traditional Limpopo clay-work and local weaving skills. Second prize went to Paula […]
Spring is in the air with the red flames of the coral trees in Limpopo shining from the streets and villages and attracting sunbirds and bees all over Limpopo this time of the year. At Madi a Thavha we had one of our busiest winters ever. Our lodge were full of interesting visitors the whole […]
“In one of the many hidden valleys of the Soutpansberg in central Limpopo, you’ll find Fair Trade Tourism certified Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge. A place where life and art, mirror people and environment, where village life and the rich cultural heritage of Limpopo blend to create a hip and happening rural style.… where guests […]
European travelers love South African winters in the bush-veld with a good tan close to guaranteed. This winter a group of Dutch and Belgian guests put on their hiking boots for a firsthand experience of the rural lifestyles of the colorful Venda and Tsonga people in Limpopo. An easy 10 km village meander Our tour […]
Madi a Thavha mountain lodge has received the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. Consistently good “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, says Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify […]
Every year the James Madison University from Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, has a special program that allows undergraduate Health Science students the opportunity to ‘study abroad’. This year the main organiser, Professor Debra Sutton took her 8th group to South Africa. Since 2013 I have been fortunate enough to assist Debra in the organisation of these […]
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