Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge Makhado Guest House Accommodation, Limpopo
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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge is a 4 star graded guest house with self catering option, offering Louis Trichardt accommodation for tourists and visitors of Soutpansberg.

About Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge offers rural hip fused with luxury, 4-Star accommodation in the Soutpansberg mountain range. We offer Art, Culture and Lifestyle tours to the true heartbeat of Limpopo, and feature a top-notch Arts & Culture Centre, CraftArt shop and Textile & Design studio at our lodge. Children are welcome, we offer creative activities, cultural programs, cycling, hiking and birding for them and their parents.

Madi a Thavha is a Fair Trade certified lodge situated 10km west of Louis Trichardt / Makhado, only 5 hours’ drive away from Johannesburg. Its excellent location in the centre of the region makes it a perfect base from which to explore the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley, which forms the northern frontiers of South Africa.

Madi a Thavha is a popular ‘culture-stop-over’ for guests travelling to the Kruger National Park, the world heritage site of Mapungubwe, the game lodges of the Tuli block in Botswana, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or for adventurous travelers tackling the off-roads to Mozambique.

Our Arts & Culture centre is an enormous asset to the region. Here one can get a vivid summary of the various cultural influences that shaped the region to what visitors can see and experience today. Our CraftArt-shop stocks hand-picked local art craft, local textiles, jewellery and also the unique products of our Textile & Design studio at the lodge.

ACCOMMODATION

Our lodge is known for our unique interiors, a fusion of traditional and modern Venda, Tsonga and Sotho styles with luxury amenities coupled with Dutch efficiency. Madi a Thavha has a warm homey feel and our well-informed staff really bend over backwards to ensure that guest have a real good time in the North.

Our lodge can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests in 8 separate units, 4 guest rooms and 4 guest suites. In some units we can arrange extra beds on request. Our guest suites have a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering.

Reception is at the old farm house with its cozy lounge, fireplace, DSTV, a dining room with adjacent open plan kitchen and a friendly chef serving delicious ‘fusion-food’.

MEALS

We serve a three course set dinner menu based on bookings, either on the veranda or in the dining room of the farm house. Breakfast is a delectable buffet of juices, yoghurts, fruits, muesli's, baked muesli or pancakes, bread, toast, muffins, cheese and various egg dishes.

ACTIVITIES

We love to surprise our guests with what rural life in Limpopo really looks like, offering the opportunity to engage with ‘real’ people, artists and crafters in their own studios or homesteads. Our deep involvement with CraftArt, social development and education in the north gives us the edge to pick the best and offer tailor made tours catering for various interests from art, craft and heritage to rural architecture and birding in these beautiful, unknown parts of Limpopo – an opportunity that international travellers and especially photographers, love to snatch.

Madi a Thavha offers a range of activities for adults and families with children either in the comfort of the lodge, in nature or on tour in villages. We have seasoned and knowledgeable tour guides handling our CraftArt, Communities’ Lifestyles or Nature tours.

Energetic guests can use our thick-wheel bicycles or do hiking-routes at the lodge. We can also put together various tailor-made cycle, birding or hiking excursions in the close vicinity, on request.

Our lapa and solar heated swimming pool has sweeping views on the surrounding mountains where our guests usually relax after an exciting day amid the rural buzz. We sincerely hope you make your way to us. We always receive the most interesting guests and would love to meet and treat you too!

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi

Transfers

  • Tour assistance
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Limpopo Suite

This private and spacious family suite is tucked in indigenous bushveld and lies on a gentle slope overlooking the Soutpansberg mountains. Limpopo Guest suite is a self-catering unit with two bedrooms. The colourful open living- and dining area has a fire place, a fifth bed and a TV. It is named after the most northern frontier of South Africa, our beautiful Limpopo river. Limpopo suite has two bedrooms with twin beds each and en suite bathrooms. One room has a bath and shower, the other just a shower. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, stove, oven and microwave. There is a fan, heater, hairdryer, coffee and tea facilities and extra blankets and mosquito nets. A laundry service is available on request. It has a large kitchen, spacious veranda with dining and braai facilities and mountain views all around.There is Wi-Fi available at the Farmhouse.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Albasini Suite

Is a spacious and stylish luxury suite ideal for a couple, just around the corner of the lodge’s Cultural Heritage centre. It has a king size double bed with an en-suite bathroom. This room is named after the Albasini dam which provides most of the citizens of the Soutpansberg with their drinking water. This suite has a kitchen, coffee and tea facilities, fans, mosquito nets, a hairdryer, warm water bottles in winter, laundry services on request and a colourful display of local craft and art. It has a TV and Wi-Fi.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Fundudzi Suite

A comfortable suite ideal for families or friends travelling together. This suite is almost like a tree-house with the balcony sheltered by the branches of a majestic old fig tree. It is named after the legendary Fundudzi lake in Venda. This is a one bedroom suite with twin beds and en-suite bathroom with an extra toilet. It has a large lounge and dining area with a fire place, two extra beds in the lounge, balcony with mountain view, a TV and Wi-Fi. There is a roof fan, heater, hairdryer, coffee and tea facilities and extra blankets and mosquito nets. A laundry service is available on request.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Nwanedi Suite

This self catering suite is part of the Heritage and Culture centre-building with its own private veranda and braai and a wide view on the surrounding mountains. It is far enough from the Farmhouse to be private but close enough for spoiling yourselves to our wholesome, home cooked meals in the restaurant just around the corner or to laze around the pool and lapa close by. This is a one bedroom suite with king size double bed and en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower. There is a fire place and extra bed in the spacious lounge/dining area and kitchen. The suite has TV and Wi-Fi. The braai on the veranda has a beautiful view on the mountain. This suite has a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, stove, oven and microwave. There is a roof fan, heater, hairdryer, coffee and tea facilities, extra blankets and mosquito nets. A laundry service is available on request.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-10 years are allowed; over 10 years treated as adults

Phipidi Suite

This unit is attached to the Farmhouse and restaurant, has its own private entrance, en-suite bathroom and a homey veranda overlooking the pool and lapa and views on the surrounding mountains. It is named after Phiphidi waterfalls, a sacred traditional site in Venda land. Phiphidi is pronounced “pee-pee-dee”. This Guest suite has twin beds, TV and Wi-Fi, coffee and tea facilities, fans, mosquito nets, a hairdryer, warm water bottles in winter, laundry services on request and a frequently changing display of local craft and art.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Sagole Room

Ideal Guest room for a couple, a single person or someone on a business trip who loves comfort, luxury and beauty. This Guest room has a private entrance attached to the Farmhouse’s restaurant and CraftArt shop. Sagole Guest room has an en suite bathroom and a homey veranda overlooking the pool and lapa with beautiful views on the surrounding mountains. It has a queen size bed with TV and Wi-Fi. This Guest room have coffee and tea facilities, a ceilling fan, mosquito nets, a hairdryer, warm water bottles in winter, laundry services on request and a display of local craft and art in the room and its veranda.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 1 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Luvhuvu Room

Ideal for single guests who like their privacy yet also like to mingle with other guests when they feel like it. This room has a fresh green interior with an open bathroom. The private patio sits under the canopy of a typical African Thorn tree, like a huge umbrella. This Guest room have coffee and tea facilities, fans, mosquito nets, a hairdryer, warm water bottles in winter, laundry services on request and a colourful display of local craft and art. There are TV and Wi-Fi in this room

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Nandoni Suite

A sensual suite rich in texture and colour and adjusted for disabled guests. It has twin beds a spacious en-suite bathroom, living area and veranda with a view on the mountain. Our paved, interconnected pathways make wheelchair navigation easy around the lodge and restaurant . Nandoni suite is close to the pool and lapa and to a wholesome home-cooked meal in the Farmhouse. This guest suite have coffee and tea facilities, fans, mosquito nets, a hairdryer, warm water bottles in winter, laundry services on request and a frequently changing display of local craft and art. There is a TV and Wi-Fi.

  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Madi a Thava is a wonderful quiet place where I again realised how beuatiful the stars shine at night, where I felt close to my Creator and sit outside to enjoy the quiteness. I had a short visit of some monkeys, and enjoyed the birds singing wakening me in the morning. I could hear God speak to me in the soft mountain stream behind the comfortable log cabin where I slept over. Every breakfast on the scenic veranda turned a normal breakfast into an enjoyable occassion, being served by friendly and well-educated staff. Thank you for the period I was blessed to spent time at your wonderful place. Be asure, if I have the opportunity again, I will return. Already, I have shared my wonderful experience with a lot of frineds, and not also share, but also recommending Madi a Thavha!!

March 2010

Willie Weideman (Pretoria)

Need to Know

Response timeMadi a Thavha Mountain Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome, a cot is available on request.

Closest airport(s)Polokwane Airport - 120km
OR Tambo International - 420km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00 to 19h00
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyMastercard, Visa, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since May 2009

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