Rural hip in suites and guest rooms

Lots of culture, fusion food, the best of local CraftArt and fun activities at our lodge
Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha mountain lodge

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.

This South Africa is very interesting!

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 Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate

Thank you for your warm hospitality

"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
Arts & Culture centre

Arts & Culture centre

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.

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha News update

Would you like to keep up with Limpopo’s best and latest offerings? The mountains and valleys of Northern Limpopo contain many surprises and delightful experiences, a colourful spread of cultural heritage, CraftArt and extraordinary biodiversity. News Update keeps your finger on the pulse of special treats, tours, workshops and new discoveries in the vibrant North. Thank you for visiting! Find more articles here »