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  • 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 […]

  • The roots of rural hip in Limpopo

    The roots of rural hip in Limpopo

    Many interiors and landscapes has been designed around striking pieces of Limpopo’s world renowned woodcarvers, potters, textile workers, weavers and beaders before. It is that energizing powers of a sculpture like John Baloyi’s Godzilla at Constitution Hill that people so desire. Those lucky ones who own a Venda or Tsonga sculpture would agree that pure […]

  • 5 exciting fun things to do off the beaten track in Northern Limpopo

    5 exciting fun things to do off the beaten track in Northern Limpopo

    Unusual artists, routes for bicycles, colourful people in traditional attire, rare birds, unique plants and trees with plenty of animals to be seen in the rural landscapes of the Soutpansberg mountains. It is one of the most bio-diverse pieces of land on earth. Sculptor Thomas Kubayi’s rural Vutsila Art Centre close to Elim in Northern […]

  • A day full canary yellow aircraft with peppermint green dots

    A day full canary yellow aircraft with peppermint green dots

    Rural doctors and taxis and buses and art lovers drive this dust road to Tshivhuyuni frequently. One always find children stringing back and forth to school, women swinging gracefully under heavy loads of firewood or washing on their heads, drive slower at a certain stretch to avoid the Nguni cattle taking their afternoon nap in the […]

  • Venda Tsonga Craft Art Exhibition at Madi a Thavha selling the best from May to October 2015

    Venda Tsonga Craft Art Exhibition at Madi a Thavha selling the best from May to October 2015

    At Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge in the Soutpansberg. In a land of mysteries, steeped in the age-old African tradition of sacred arts and crafts, Limpopo continually generates new talent and fresh interpretations. Each object bears a deeper meaning and so becomes a carrier of historical tales and moral values. Today, these CraftArt forms undergo rapid […]

  • Unique art exhibition Dec-Jan 2015 at lodge

    Unique art exhibition Dec-Jan 2015 at lodge

    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 […]

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