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 art and craft 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 an 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 Punda Maria gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Kruger National park Phalaborwa 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.
A master, roots of his heritage expressed in finest detail
Sculptures, musical instruments and drumming performances
Few people can still weave traditional Tsonga grass baskets
Unique patterns based on heritage elements
Rich tradition of beading in rural Tsonga communities, high skills levels too
Wood carvings from the spiritual and cultural context of Jackson Hlungwani
Welcome to our Travel magazine and blog! It will be updated four times per year with travel tips, new developments and news of what's happening on the vibrant northern frontiers of South Africa. We will also keep you in the loop of Madi a Thavha mountain lodge's special tours, workshops, new packages or specials here. Thank you for visiting, hope to see you soon again!
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 […]
Pam-pam-pam……welcome to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s new website! What has changed? You now have an easy-click virtual “coffee-table-travellers’ guide” to vibrant Northern Limpopo, literally at the tip of your thumbs. Your homework of what to do and see and where to stay in Northern Limpopo all ready on a silver plate – and a mobile […]
A flowering Baobab tree is a spectacular botanical sight! It has the most unusual delicate flowers, budding pure white against the solid, plump arms and fresh leaves of these African giants. Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the southern part of the Boabab-belt of South Africa and flowering time here is from October untill December. […]
Besides running the lodge, Madi a Thavha is deeply involved with development programmes, often in partnership with like-minded NGO’s, community organisations and individuals. We strongly feel that it is important to share the skills that we developed at Madi a Thavha in the field of arts, crafts and sewing, business development, cooking and housekeeping. We […]
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