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 Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National Park Pafuri 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 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.
Childcare volunteers in the far Northern Limpopo, sew and bead as extra income.
Quirky and bright wooden sculptures and musical instruments
Traditional and modern Tsonga bead work, embroidery and jewels
Characteristic mix of metal and wood in famous benches
Known for huge sculpted marimbas, drums and wooden sculptures
Colourful wooden sculptures often pieces with social comment
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 »
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 […]
We had a busy and exciting first quarter of the year and it seems to become even busier for the rest of the year. Madi a Thavha to be flagship of Craft Initiative project The National Arts Council (NAC) recently chose Madi a Thavha as a flagship Craft Initiative Project. Its aim is to align […]
Sophia Baloyi was born on 25 April 1945 on top of one of the foot hills of the Soutpansberg close to Elim in area of Limpopo which was then called ‘far northern Transvaal’. This Tsonga ‘gogo’ (grandmother) is an excellent beader of traditional Tsonga jewelry and accessories. Bead for tiny bead, lots of of skill and […]
Quickly get up to speed with Limpopo’s ancient Baobab trees in a convenient “little BIG Baobab book” hitting Limpopo’s bookshelves soon. “My PhD research on baobab trees, inspired me to produce this booklet” says Sarah Venter owner and founder of EcoProducts which buys baobab fruit from rural communities and extracts powder and oil from the […]
With an estimated 10 to 13 million members, the Zion Christian Church or ZCC is the largest African-initiated church in Southern Africa with congregations gathering 3 times per week in the remotest little settlements all over South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, southern Zimbabwe and Botswana. Each year during Easter Holidays millions of members bus en-masse to Zion City around […]
We had a busy, full-house Christmas season at Madi a Thavha with guests in and out of the pool all summer long and lots of village tours done visiting Tsonga and Venda crafters and artists around Elim, the Levubu valley and Thohoyandou. There is never a dull moment at Madi a Thavha, we are already […]
Christmas and New Year in Limpopo, is synonym with watermelon and cool subtropical salads with mango’s papayas, litchis and creamy avocados abundant on all the local markets this time of the year. (See recipes at the bottom) Levubu valley and the Soutpansberg’s subtropical fruit Limpopo’s citizens are really spoilt for choice, having the fertile and […]
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