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  • Limpopo in a couple of nutshells

    Limpopo in a couple of nutshells

    Limpopo is known for our abundant big game in the Kruger Park, Mapungubwe world heritage site and all the bushveld safari lodges. But, did you know… It is Limpopo’s cultural heritage that binds us together The Soutpansberg mountain range with its sibling mountains the Blouberg and Makgabeng and the Limpopo flood river valley, is not […]

  • Baloyi’s lifestyle the real Ubuntu kind

    Baloyi’s lifestyle the real Ubuntu kind

    Jackson and Rose Baloyi’s family live the real meaning of Ubuntu, roughly translated it means “human kindness”. These two, kind people raised their 6 children in their warm, hospitable, creative homestead at Riverplaats, a rural community on top of the foothills of the Soutpansberg near Elim in Limpopo. Living respectfully The respect for each other […]

  • New Levubu subtropical valley tour in the loop

    New Levubu subtropical valley tour in the loop

    The fertile Levubu valley with its subtropical crops like avocados, bananas, litchis, guavas and macadamia and pecan nuts is often described as the fruit basket of Northern Limpopo. The Levubu valley runs east to west along the southern foot hills of the Soutpansberg mountains going east between Louis Trichardt and the Kruger National Park’s Punda Maria […]

  • Where city slick meets rural hip

    Where city slick meets rural hip

    The three winners of Madi a Thavha’s Limpopo CraftArt design competition 2016 were announced at Design Time School of Interior Design’s annual prizegiving ceremony in Cape Town recently. Carla Janse van Rensburg took the first prize with her Likela light fitting designed for traditional Limpopo clay-work and local weaving skills. Second prize went to Paula […]

  • Flame red coral flowers spell Spring in the Soutpansberg

    Flame red coral flowers spell Spring in the Soutpansberg

    Spring is in the air with the red flames of the coral trees in Limpopo shining from the streets and villages and attracting sunbirds and bees all over Limpopo this time of the year. At Madi a Thavha we had one of our busiest winters ever. Our lodge were full of interesting visitors the whole […]

  • Fair trade with crafters and communities in the far North

    Fair trade with crafters and communities in the far North

    “In one of the many hidden valleys of the Soutpansberg in central Limpopo, you’ll find Fair Trade Tourism certified Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge. A place where life and art, mirror people and environment, where village life and the rich cultural heritage of Limpopo blend to create a hip and happening rural style.… where guests […]

  • Hikers to enjoy cultural village walk in Limpopo

    Hikers to enjoy cultural village walk in Limpopo

    European travelers love South African winters in the bush-veld with  a good tan close to guaranteed. This winter a group of Dutch and Belgian guests put on their hiking boots for a firsthand experience of the rural lifestyles of the colorful Venda and Tsonga people in Limpopo. An easy 10 km village meander Our tour […]

  • Another certificate of excellence for Madi a Thavha

    Another certificate of excellence for Madi a Thavha

    Madi a Thavha mountain lodge has received the 2016  TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. Consistently good “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, says Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify […]

  • US students looked at HIV/AIDS in Western Cape and Limpopo

    US students looked at HIV/AIDS in Western Cape and Limpopo

    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 […]

  • Colourful creations, generous people, cultural festivals Limpopo

    Colourful creations, generous people, cultural festivals Limpopo

    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 […]

  • New horizons for 70 year old Gogo

    New horizons for 70 year old Gogo

    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 […]

  • Fast facts about big Baobabs

    Fast facts about big Baobabs

    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 […]

  • Millions of pilgrims to Zion city for Easter

    Millions of pilgrims to Zion city for Easter

    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 […]

  • Never a dull moment at Madi a Thavha

    Never a dull moment at Madi a Thavha

    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 […]

  • Limpopo bursting with fruit and colour each New Year

    Limpopo bursting with fruit and colour each New Year

    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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