Thathe Vondo Forest

Regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region, Thathe Vondo Forest is also regarded as sacred by the local Venda people

Limpopo Game and Nature ReservesThe Thathe Vondo Forest

Regarded as the most majestic and beautiful forest in the Limpopo region, Thathe Vondo is also regarded as sacred by the local Venda people.

Folklore tells of many tales, ranging from sitings of sacred white lions, thunder-and-lighting birds which are said to 'fly on the wings of thunder', through to men with broken hearts who have ventured into the forest and been transformed into pythons.

Steeped in ancient mythology, it is clear that there is something mystical about this place, something that be felt instantly.

Thathe Vondo Forest is bursting with life, from giant hardwood and yellowwood trees, ferns, thick undergrowth, creepers, through to forest species of birds. A great birding route, one can view white-starred robin, chorister robin-chat, Knysna turaco, yellow-streaked greenbul and orange ground-thrush.

Due to its cultural status by the Venda people, no hiking is allowed in the forest, although it can be explored along a designated forestry track, accompanied by a local guide.

The forest is located above the Lake Fundudzi, nestled in the mountains, and we highly recommend visiting the lake, which is also steeped in local folklore. From the lake, one can drive to the top of the Soutpansberg and to the stunning Mahovhovho Waterfall - a breathtakingly beautiful site that cannot be missed.

Popular Attractions in Thathe Vondo Forest

Lake Fundudzi

Where? Louis Trichardt
Lake Fundudzi can be found on the R523 between Thohoyandou and Louis Trichardt, surrounded by the mythical Thathe Vondo forest - so full of spirits that few Venda people venture into it for fear of hauntings and a lightning bird called Ndadzi. Trips...

More info and contact details: Sacred Lake Fundudzi

Recommended Accommodation near Thathe Vondo Forest

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Where? Makhado
Madi a Thavha - “Water from the mountain” in TshiVenda - has a mountain stream running through it and sits in a quiet valley of the Soutpansberg. While Northern Limpopo is actually more famous for its abundant wild life and spectacular ‘Baobab-sunsets’...

More info and contact details: Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Did you know?

Be aware that as a newcomer to Lake Fundudzi it would be only polite to turn your back on the water and look at it from between your legs. This is the traditional ritual after which the lake is named, although you will need permission to get that far, as the lake is regarded as sacred and fiercely protected by the Venda People.

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