Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha Travel Magazine

Welcome to our Travel magazine and blog! It will be updated four times per year with travel tips, new developments and hot topics of the vibrant northern frontiers of South Africa. We will also keep you in the loop of Madi a Thavha mountain lodge's special tours, workshops, new packages or specials here. The travel magazine is interactive and we sincerely appreciate all feedback. Thank you for visiting, hope to see you soon again!

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • A pleasant surprise! What passion can achieve in transition cultures

    A pleasant surprise! What passion can achieve in transition cultures

    We were so encouraged by Tom Getman’s letter to us, all the way from the USA to the far north of South Africa:  “Not many people travelling in Southern Africa think of Northern Limpopo as a worthy touristic or project partnership visit.  The beautiful mountains and Limpopo valley were only seen as a get-through-road from […]

  • 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 […]