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  • 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 […]

  • Welcome to our NEW rural-hip website!

    Welcome to our NEW rural-hip website!

    Pam-pam-pam……welcome to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s new website!  What has changed? You now have an easy-click virtual “coffee-table-travellers’ guide” to vibrant Northern Limpopo, literally at the tip of your thumbs. Your homework of what to do and see and where to stay in Northern Limpopo all ready on a silver plate – and a mobile […]

  • Baobab special 14 Nov-14 Dec this year

    Baobab special 14 Nov-14 Dec this year

    A flowering Baobab tree is a spectacular botanical sight! It has the most unusual delicate  flowers, budding pure white against the solid, plump arms and fresh leaves of these African giants. Madi a Thavha mountain lodge is situated in the southern part of the Boabab-belt of South Africa and flowering time  here is from October untill December. […]

  • Sustainable tourism is a daily passion and lifestyle

    Sustainable tourism is a daily passion and lifestyle

    Besides running the lodge, Madi a Thavha is deeply involved with development programmes, often in partnership with like-minded NGO’s, community organisations and individuals. We strongly feel that it is important to share the skills that we developed at Madi a Thavha in the field of arts, crafts and sewing, business development,  cooking and housekeeping. We […]

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