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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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ibrhoda wrote a review Apr 2019
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa12 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to this lodge as a group of 12 people, with differing dietary requirements. They didn't just remove the dairy from the vegans' meals, but prepared unique delicious, creative meals for them. Even when we dropped some last minute dietary needs on them, they didn't falter but quickly rustled up something appropriate. The lodge is beautiful, with great attention to detail, comfortable and the kind of place you should spend at least a week in! It is decorated with local artists' works (with labels underneath), so I also felt like I was in a gallery. I found the hosts and staff incredibly warm and attentive. I also loved the solitary baobab that we trekked through the forest to go visit. Must go back!
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Date of stay: March 2019
Todd J wrote a review Oct 2018
Washington, DC12 contributions4 helpful votes
We first visited with a very young family in 2013 and returned in Oct 18 with 3 older (but still young) kids...11, 8, 3. We stayed in the Bush House, which is perfect for a larger group that still wants to be close to the main lodge. The setting is stunning, the staff extremely accommodating, and the food very good. If you're interested in the arts of Limpopo Province and the Venda people, then this lodge can't be missed. There is an amazing selection of craft art for sale, a museum of high standard, and decoration throughout the rooms from local artisans. This lodge is a gem...passionate owners, wonderful staff, and scenery that more than matches that of much more traveled areas of the country (i.e. the Western Cape). If you are anywhere near Madi a Thavha, it shouldn't be
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Date of stay: October 2018
fheeren2018 wrote a review Sep 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful location, beautifully decorated rooms with art from regional artists. Delicious food and very friendly and helpful staff. Guided art tours, but we had a great time on our very interesting self-guided tour.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Tim W wrote a review Jul 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Found this place really by chance but have had a wonderful experience here. A fair trade lodge offering tours locally of the Venda region's people places arts and crafts. Friendly staff. Set in a valley gazing at thick african mountainous bush. Peaceful spot with as much or as little to do as you wish!
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Date of stay: July 2018
amberveld wrote a review Jul 2018
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As a tour operator/guide I have found Madi a Thavha, an excellent lodge to be centered at if African culture is your passion. Besides the tastefully appointed accommodation, excellent cuisine and the quiet setting at the base of the 'Soutpansberg' mountain, close to the town of Louis Trichardt, the lodge management provides a comprehensive list of artists, carvers, potters and textile workers to visit in Venda, with or without provided guides.Additionally, there is also a small museum on site with losts of information on the people of the area. Venda has a lot on offer in this respect, and Madi a Thavha is perfect choice for any culture loving visitor.
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Date of stay: November 2017
US$84 - US$191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceLouis Trichardt
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