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  • 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 […]

  • 48 artists exhibiting at our Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition this year

    48 artists exhibiting at our Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition this year

    This year Madi a Thavha organised a full-size Venda Tsonga CraftArt exhibition which gives our artists more exposure and our guests a richer experience of Limpopo. Visitors will be able to see the unique works of 48 of the region’s best artists and master crafters here. Guests can meet artists in their own environments if […]

  • Our Baobab special, a taste of one of Limpopo’s best experiences

    Our Baobab special, a taste of one of Limpopo’s best experiences

    Did you know that the fruit of Baobab trees contains 3.6 times more Calcium than milk and 16 times more Potassium than pears? Have you tasted a Baobab cheesecake before? Our lodge in the Baobab belt Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the Baobab-belt of Southern Africa.  Some of the finest specimens of […]

  • Limpopo Artists at international folk art festival in Santa Fé 2015

    Limpopo Artists at international folk art festival in Santa Fé 2015

    Well-known Limpopo artists, Mishack Raphalalani and Avhashoni Mainganye represented South African Art at America’s largest folk art market in Santa Fé, in July this year. This annual event in New Mexico gathers artisans from over 60 countries to share their work and cultures in a lively festival filled with art, food and music. It attracts […]

  • Art journaling workshop with Sally Scott at Madi a Thavha during July 2015

    Art journaling workshop with Sally Scott at Madi a Thavha during July 2015

    Art Journaling is a fun, creative and deeply satisfying way to document life’s experiences. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to travel with seasoned artist, teacher and art-therapist Sally Scott to the vibrant heart of Limpopo Province. Track your thoughts You will visit local markets, meet woodcarvers, try your hand on traditional music instruments, smell […]

  • Soutpansberg a pleasant surprise says Americans

    Soutpansberg a pleasant surprise says Americans

    We were so encouraged by Tom Getman’s letter all the way from Washington:  “Not many people travelling in Southern Africa think of Venda in the Limpopo Province as a worthy tourist or project partnership visit.  For years visitors have seen this isolated but beautiful mountainous area only as a get-through-road from Johannesburg to the Kruger […]

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