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  • Ever improving staff and services at Madi a Thavha

    Ever improving staff and services at Madi a Thavha

    Busy, busy always at Madi a Thavha to keep our service up and colourful. The past few months have been full of new things and excitement at the lodge again. Would you like to volunteer at Vhutshilo mountain school for vulnerable children? Madi a Thavha supports Vhutshilo mountain school for Aids orphans and vulnerable children […]

  • Woza Travel journalist loved her Venda experience with Madi a Thavha

    Woza Travel journalist loved her Venda experience with Madi a Thavha

    “Venda – the word itself conjures up images of python dances, sacred forests and ancient traditional beliefs. And, in a way, it is just that; magical, cultural, friendly, welcoming,” says Sarah Bergs on her recent Woza travel blog about Madi a Thava – Woza Travel focus on Fair Trade hotels, green accredited Eco lodges, Nature […]

  • How to get dung floors and rural wall-art on your city wall

    How to get dung floors and rural wall-art on your city wall

    Soft dung-floors and colourful wall-art on traditional Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho homesteads are some of the most distinct characteristics of rural Limpopo. Sadly, with modern brick-and-mortar houses being easier to build and more convenient to maintain, this wonderful indigenous art-form becomes scarcer by the day. Preserving heritage in contemporary form Rural Limpopo fortunately still […]

  • Want to revive your soul – become a Baobab guardian

    Want to revive your soul – become a Baobab guardian

    Each November when our giant Baobabs push out their spectacular white flowers is the best time to stop the crazy world, to rejuvenate your soul in a small 20-minute peep through a window of sheer wonder. Did you know, baobabs start to flower at the tender age of 200 years and to see a flower […]

  • Limpopo’s master beaders show off their skills

    Limpopo’s master beaders show off their skills

    This year international bead-company Preciosa Ornella invited traditional African beaders to enter a competition with the aim to encourage new, quality CraftArt done in beads. The Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people in Limpopo are excellent beaders and Madi a Thavha did not hesitate to help 8 beaders from Limpopo to enter the competition. Chrystal […]

  • We love seeing our people grow and glow

    We love seeing our people grow and glow

    One of the best things in life is to witness people grow. At Madi a Thavha we are fortunate that we have seen a couple of men and women grow their inherent potential to become confident young leaders. Tebocho attended Access to Markets for Profit Workshop Tebocho Mathase, manager of the Madi a Thavha Textile […]

  • 2nd year as Limpopo Craft Flagship focus on marketing

    2nd year as Limpopo Craft Flagship focus on marketing

    In September, we enter our second year as the National Arts Council’s Craft Flagship in Limpopo. During year two, more focus will be on marketing. Madi a Thavha is busy building a showroom in Parkhurst where Limpopo artists can exhibit and we are currently identifying places and events in Joburg and other big cities where […]

  • Madi a Thavha a finalist in Limpopo tourism award

    Madi a Thavha a finalist in Limpopo tourism award

    Madi a Thavha was one of three finalists in the lodge category of the Lilizela awards in Limpopo. We attended the award ceremony together with Mopane Bush Lodge and Blyde River Canyon lodge at Zebula lodge and Spa in Bela-Bela. Although we did not win, the staff feel very motivated to enter the competition next […]

  • Still weak but Thomas Kubayi much better

    Still weak but Thomas Kubayi much better

    It has been a few months since friends from all over the world rallied to get well known Limpopo artist, Thomas Kubayi the treatment required to save his life. Thomas hugely appreciate every single one’s generosity, he returned home confident that he would soon be able to resume work. However, his condition returned and worsened […]

  • Exporting Limpopo’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent Baobabs in one go

    Exporting Limpopo’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent Baobabs in one go

    Cultural heritage is a big thing in Northern Limpopo and so is our magnificent Baobab trees, see how we are marrying the two and export them both. Vendas have high regard for their cultural heritage Woodcarver and herbalist David Murathi is a VhaVenda man. Venda people have a high regard for their traditions, customs and […]

  • Madi a Thavha’s staff are great, growing and creative

    Madi a Thavha’s staff are great, growing and creative

    This year, five of our staff members entered items for the National Craft award competition of the Innibos Art Festival in Mpumalanga. We are so proud of them. The Innibos craft awards were also the culmination and wrapping up of this year’s National Art’s council programme for 2016-17 meant to develop and promote Limpopo’s crafters. […]

  • Three Limpopo crafters selected for prestigious Innibos Craft Awards 2017

    Three Limpopo crafters selected for prestigious Innibos Craft Awards 2017

    Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is all about rural hip fused with luxury, 4-star accommodation in the heart of colourful Limpopo. This year we assisted 32 Limpopo crafters to enter the prestigious Innibos National Craft Awards. Three made it to the top 50 list Three of our 32 entries made it to the shortlist of […]

  • Thanks for your Lilizela votes for us and Musa!

    Thanks for your Lilizela votes for us and Musa!

    A big thank you to all of you who have already voted for us for the SA Tourism’s Lilizela awards! We are so excited for the opportunity to promote responsible tourism in Limpopo. Your vote is extremely valuable and much appreciated.  Voting is still open until 18 June.  If you like to vote you can […]

  • All help for Thomas Kubayi’s medical aid appreciated

    All help for Thomas Kubayi’s medical aid appreciated

    Several Limpopo lodges, friends, co artists and members of the Ribola Art Route are cooperating to raise funds for medical treatment for Limpopo woodcarver, artist and musician, Thomas Kubayi, who is in dire need of specialist medical care. Funding in SA is managed by John Rosmarin of Leshiba Wilderness and can be made to the […]

  • A green Christmas at last

    A green Christmas at last

    This was a year of many shifts and drama in our country. In Limpopo and the whole of South Africa 2016 goes down as one of the driest in some 100 years. We are overjoyed with the recent, late summer rains and spectacular thunderstorms that never fails to give the mountain and valleys  an instant […]

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