Madi a Thavha is well-known for our central location in Limpopo, our focus on culture and our unique interiors – rural hip fused with luxury amenities. 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 our restaurant is in the old Farmhouse – we serve scrumptious fusion-food.
Our famous Dancing Fish gallery is pretty much a live-in gallery. It holds our own Textile & Design studio under its wings as well as the CraftArt displayed all over the lodge. It also embrace the Cultural Heritage centre where the stories of the region is told in colourful panels, a library, resource room and a permanent exhibition of contemporary art. We facilitate 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, Resource room, Textile & Design studio, to hike and cycle around the lodge or to just relax around the pool and lapa. Meals and picnic baskets can be booked in the farmhouse too.More to see and do at the lodge
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 Pafuri gate To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site 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.
One day a canary yellow ‘fly-machini’ with peppermint green dots rose out of the dust of Tshivuyuni village near Elim in rural Limpopo.
Acclaimed master potter Rebecca Matibe is a perfectionist
Sculptures, musical instruments and drumming performances
Tsonga pot making a spiritual activity too
Beaded fertility dolls with modern twist
Culture, religion and oral history feature strongly in master's sculptures
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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