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  • 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 […]

  • Positive spin-offs for Venda vulnerable children

    Positive spin-offs for Venda vulnerable children

    Two rural Drop-in centres in rural Venda had positive spin offs from creative textile and bading projets that Madi a Thavha ran in synergy with other programmes aiming at sustainable, business and tourism development in Limpopo. Integrating existing social structures Tshandama Lukau and Roima Drop-Ins benefited from training in sewing, business principles, product development and […]

  • Hlamarisa left her skills for the family

    Hlamarisa left her skills for the family

    We are sad to announce that Hlamarisa Vuma has passed away on 23 November 2015. Hlamarisa had a beautiful soul and despite her physical handicaps, made a positive and lasting contribution to life in her community in Bungeni. Strong and beautiful Hlamarisa Hlamarisa Vuma learned bead-work from her mother and in return, taught many young […]

  • 4 good reasons to opt for local  guides

    4 good reasons to opt for local guides

    To travel is to explore exciting new places and cultures. However, when sticking only to the beaten-tracks you may miss out on the best a destination has to offer – which is especially relevant when you are planning to visit Limpopo. Whether one has limited holiday time or just want to spend it fruitfully seeing […]

  • The value of staff on fire

    The value of staff on fire

    We once again realized the value of having a great team of committed staff. On Friday 21 August the back part of our Cultural Heritage centre and the adjacent Nandoni guest room went up in flames.  It was caused by a fire in one of the refuse containers which we did not pick up fast […]

  • Warm and busy Limpopo winter

    Warm and busy Limpopo winter

    We so enjoyed our winter season with all the South African and international guests. July and August are always the busiest months of the year having many European families with children who’d like to explore our area. Guests went on guided Arts and Culture tours almost every day; some went on organised mountain bike tours […]

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