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Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

R 522 Louis trichardt - Vivo Plot 17, Louis Trichardt 920 South Africa
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#1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Louis Trichardt
Madi a Thavha mountain lodge - get the feel of colourful, vibrant, rural Limpopo! Luxury suites and guest rooms splashed in rural hip and colour. Scrumptious fusion food and the best of local CraftArt in our gallery, shop, textile studio and on our village and rural lifestyle tours in Northern Limpopo. There are also exciting hiking, cycling and birding opportunities around the lodge. 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. Madi a Thavha is popular for: • being different with our village tours and focus on culture, art & craft and sustainable development • our unusual and colourful interiors - rural hip fused with luxury, 4-star accommodation • being in the centre of a rich variety of culture, big game, birds and unique experiences in Northern Limpopo, • being a few hours away from the Kruger National Park, world heritage site of Mapungubwe, neighboring Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique • home cooked meals and sporting the Portfolio collections' 'chef's hat'. Without paying a penny more guests can sleep well knowing that Madi a Thavha is Fair Trade certified and respect human rights, cultures and environment with and on behalf of our guests. To see at the lodge: • our top notch Art & Culture centre displays the colourful history of the region • the finest art of Northern Limpopo to be seen in our Dancing Fish gallery. • Pop in to see what we are up to in our Textile & Design studio or workshops at the lodge • our CraftArt shop is stocked with unique products of the region To do here: Madi a Thavha offers a variety of guided cultural and lifestyle village tours. Fun activities for adults and children, hiking, cycling and birding can be done practically from your room or suite's doorstep too. Our pool is solar heated even if our winters are really mild. Where to find us: Madi a Thavha sits in a quiet valley of the Soutpansberg 10km west of Makhado/Louis Trichardt. It is only 5 hours' drive away from Johannesburg and our excellent location in the centre of the region's vibrant cultures and game reserves makes it a perfect base from which to explore the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley, the legendary 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 or the game lodges of the Thuli block in Botswana, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or even for adventurous travelers tackling the off-roads to Mozambique. What rural life in Limpopo really looks like: We offer guests the opportunity to engage with 'real' people, artists and crafters in their own studios or homesteads. Our deep involvement with social development and education in the north allow us to 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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch
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Lefeuilletonkinois wrote a review Apr 2021
Hanoi43 contributions35 helpful votes
We had a great tour with our seasoned guide Alfred who took us to meet talented artists living in nearby towns and village open market. He really is something! We enjoyed the settings of the lodge, lots of space, vast well-kept garden (thanks for the lemons!) tough or easy walks to the waterfalls, plenty of birds and monkeys. The room we had (Luvhuvu) was simple (but bright and tastefully decorated), had a comfortable bed and a private terrace with braai looking on the mountain that was a treat. Livhu and Percy (and every single staff, I do not remember all their names) were great hosts, enthusiastic, helpful, professional, ready to organize last-minute changes to accommodate guests, a real pleasure to deal with them all. The food was good, inventive and abundant. The place has an alchemy that maybe has its roots in the right combination between a new management and well-trained long-time employees.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Rooms on the swimming-pool are quite small.
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QueenVictoria2015 wrote a review Apr 2021
Harrismith, South Africa19 contributions6 helpful votes
A visit to Madi a Thavha in the Soutpansberg is highly recommended. Livhu and Percy were fabulous hosts. Our rooms were spotless and the artwork displayed everywhere was fascinating. The whole experience exceeded our expectations.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Claude S wrote a review Jan 2020
Champery, Switzerland246 contributions72 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights at Madi a Thavha and everything was perfect. The staff is very nice and professional. We loved the warm welcome, the suite, the pool and the attentions during the day and the diner (great food and wines). We have been very pleased to discover the local culture but also the wonderful landscapes of Limpopo.The craft shop is also very nice and full of temptation. We loved the project involving local people and our stay there. Don not miss if you visit Limpopo!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Theresa Wood wrote a review Dec 2019
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
This lodge is really beautiful. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with authentic African artisan goods. The meals are delicious, the staff are warm and friendly and the location is very scenic.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
GrandTour06116614450 wrote a review Jul 2019
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This was our 2nd return to Madi a Thava. Thank you to the wonderful staff who accommodated our vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free requests. The lovely rooms are all very unique and apart from being very comfortable, each, is a delight for the eye. This remains a special place of luxury in the heart of nature.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
US$84 - US$191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceLouis Trichardt
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Dutch.
Does Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.