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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa: a great way to learn all about the Venda and Tsonga culture.

Madi a Thavha, meaning “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains, only 10 km drive from the centre of Louis Trichardt (Makhado). Indigenous bush characterises the landscape. Many velvet monkey’s and baboons live around the lodge. On the Madi a Thavha birding lists are more then 100 bird species. The lodge gives you an excellent base to spend a few days to explore the Venda and Tsonga culture, myths and legends and to discover unspoiled nature of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley. The lodge carries many sign of the involvement of the owners in local culture: all rooms are tastefully decorated with local arts and crafts, produced in a cooperation between the local people and the lodge. In the art centre all information on local culture is clearly displayed and in the shop many of these items can be purchased.

Venda and Tsonga culture are a way of life in this lodge
4,5 hours drive from Johannesburg
Rates starting from R 1.030,- pppn, dinner/bed/breakfast
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madi-a-thavha-logo-pages webSituated in Soutpansberg – involved experience with Venda and Tsonga culture – cultural daytour to Elim, tour guide + pick-nick included – art gallery at lodge – 2 kinds of accommodation: standard room and luxury suite – pool – arts&crafts shop at lodge

Standard Room

Madi a Thavha’s five Guest rooms are close to the lodge’s restaurant and facilities. Each have their own veranda with sweeping views on the surrounding Soutpansberg.

twin bed
Mosquito nets
Separate bathroom

Price / night
R 1.030,- pppn, dinner/bed/breakfast

Luxury Suite

Three luxurious Guest suites are simply beautiful, each having its own distinct character styled with Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho art and craft peeping from every nook and corner.

twin beds
Mosquito nets
Separate bathroom

Price / night
R 1.105,- pppn, dinner/bed/breakfast

Full day guided Cultural Elim Tour including pick nick

This tour introduces you to colourful Elim and surrounding villages where you visit the workshops of a wide variety of artists and crafters. Since many places are not that easy to find the lodge caters for a local tour guide. Transport and a pick-nick lunch are included.

Full day
Including tour guide, pick-nick lunch and transportation
R 1.335,-
Involved Venda and Tsonga experience
Malaria free
Walking in Soutpansberg
Venda art gallery and shop at lodge
Excellent cuisine

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

GPS coordinates: 23° 0′ 57.29″ Latitude 29° 49′ 40.37″

R 522 Makhado/Louis Trichardt to Vivo road. Follow signs on right hand side of road after 10 km from Makhado.

phone: + 27 (0) 15 51 60 220
cell: + 27 (0) 83 342 41 62
fax: +27 (0) 86 648 2924

Postal address
P.O. Box 383
0920 Louis Trichardt
Limpopo, South Africa