Comfortable guest suites

Lots of culture, wholesome, home cooked meals, the best of local CraftArt and fun activities at our lodge
Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha mountain lodge

Madi a Thavha is well-known for our central location in Limpopo, our focus on culture and our luxury, comfortable interiors. The accommodation consists of one 2-bedroom Guest suite, 5 Guest suites and 2 single Guest rooms. We have a central pool & lapa adjacent to the Farmhouse.  The reception, our CraftArt shop and dining room is in the Farmhouse where we serve wholesome home-cooked meals on prior order.

Our Dancing Fish gallery is  like a live-in cultural heritage gallery and embraces Madi a Thavha Textile & Design studio, all the CraftArt displayed in the rooms and gardens and in the Cultural Heritage centre. Here the colourful stories and customs of the region are presented on huge wall panels, explaining the meaning of bead work, spirituality in Africa, traditional music instruments and other artefacts from ancient times until today.  A permanent exhibition of contemporary Limpopo CraftArt decorates the veranda.

Madi a Thavha offers  guided village tours, and guests can book creative activities and cultural performances on tour in advance. Hiking and birding can be done practically from your room’s doorstep too.


This South Africa is very interesting!

I’m French and it is the first time that I come to South Africa.. it is an amazing and beautiful place. You are very friendly. I love the colours you decorated the lodge!

Elodie, France


See and experience the lifestyles of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho peoples on our village and lifestyle tours in Northern Limpopo. If you wish we add fun, creative activities and cultural performances on tour or at the lodge. The Soutpansberg region offers unique birding, hiking and cycling opportunities. You only need to bring your own bicycles since there are no bicycle rent companies in far northern Limpopo.

Sitting central in Northern Limpopo Madi a Thavha mountain lodge make for a popular stay over very close to Botswana, Zimbabwe and for the more adventurous 4x4 drivers also close to Mozambique. We are well-situated to do wonderful day trips to Mapungubwe, the two most northern gates of the National Kruger Park, Pafuri and Punda Maria and the subtropical green belts of the Levubu valley and the Wolkberge in Tzaneen.

To Tzaneen, Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg To Kruger National Park Pafuri gate To Mapungubwe World Heritage site To Kruger National park Phalaborwa gate To Kruger National Park Punda Maria gate

Thank you for your warm hospitality

"We really enjoyed the attention to detail and the bright colours. Percy is an excellent chef! We will visit again and find more special birds."

Jonathan and Paulette Bloomer and Stephane van Rooyen, Pretoria RSA
Arts & Culture centre

Arts & Culture centre

Rural artists live close to earth. Connected to the worldwide web and being grounded in the culture of rural communities, paved the way to an exciting rural-hip style developing in the far north of South Africa – one that draw from the rich cultural heritage of the north yet also engages with modern mediums and universal politics. Our lodge is infused with this vibe, by design and by passion.

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha News update

The mountains and valleys of Northern Limpopo has many surprises and delightful experiences to offer; a colorful spread of cultural heritage, CraftArt and extraordinary biodiversity awaits visitors who like to explore. With our News Update you can keep your finger on the pulse of special treats, tours, workshops and new discoveries in the vibrant North. Enjoy and thank you for visiting! Find more articles here »