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Madi a Thavha, meaning "water from the mountains", is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg mountains, Limpopo, only 10 km drive from the centre of Louis Trichardt (Makhado).
Enjoying the stylish and bright accommodations, excellent food, the warm hospitality and supportive attitude of the Madi a Thavha staff will make your stay a remindable experience.
At Madi a Thavha you will find all the area has to offer, a permanent exhibition of the art and craft work of the Venda and Tsonga artists, numerous bird species, walking routes, and the textile workshop of Madi a Thavha Design.
The lodge is an excellent base to spend a few days to explore the Venda and Tsonga culture by visiting the artists and crafters in the villages around Elim and Mutale and to discover unspoiled nature and culture of the people of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley.
Madi a Thavha is a nice stop over when travelling to the Northern part of the Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe World Heritage site, the bush camps at Tuli Block in Botswana or the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.
Madi a Thavha provides self catering, bed and breakfast and full boarding services for up to 18 people.
The accommodation consists of guest rooms and guest houses, which are located in and around the original farm house, all with mountain view and terrace or veranda and own entrance.
The following accommodations are available:
• 2 guest rooms with bathrooms en suite in the farm house (1 with double bed, 1 with 2 twin-beds)
• 2 self catering guest houses (2 and 3 beds)
• 1 large self catering family guest house with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms en suite (5 beds)
• 1 wooden cottage with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (4 beds)
The farm house includes a lounge with a fire place and DSTV, dining room, open plan kitchen, reception with telephone and Internet facilities, craft shop and verandas. In the garden you will find a refreshing swimming pool and lapa.
We serve breakfast and dinner on the veranda of the farm house or in the dining room. We offer a three course dinner as a set menu in the evenings. Breakfast is an exclusive and varied buffet of juices, yoghurts, fruits, muesli's, baked muesli or pancakes, bread, toast, muffins, cheese and various egg dishes.
During your stay at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge you can explore the area or enjoy the activities on the farm.
Activities at the lodge
There are walking routes on the farm and excellent birding opportunities. Guests can visit the craft shop in the farm house, displaying the products of 25 artists and craft groups and the sewing workshop of Madi a Thavha Design. In addition to the textile collections that are available at the craft shop, the Madi a Thavha Design team makes tailor made products such as tablecloths, cushions and bed spreads.
Madi a Thavha Gallery
Art and crafts from various artists and crafters are displayed in and around the lodge. The actual exhibition centre displays the cultural history of Venda’s, Tsonga’s and Northern Sotho’s in Northern Limpopo and the development of art and crafts in the traditional, transitional and contemporary periods. You will find information and displays about medicinal plants and traditional healing, agriculture and food preparation, childhood and family life, traditional story telling, music and musical instruments.
Activities in the surrounding area
You can join one of the organised tour programmes or explore the area on your own. We offer various self-drive or guided day trips by car or 4 x 4. There are tour programmes focusing on arts and culture, history and nature, such as the Elim art and culture tour, the Land of Legends tour and the Soutpansberg Skirmishes tour that lead you to historical places of the Anglo-Boer War. In the Soutpansberg area you will also find various birding hot spots.