From R785 PPS

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

From R785 PPS



Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge a colourful experience

Madi a Thavha, meaning "Water from the mountain" in Venda, is located next to a mountain stream in a hidden valley of the Soutpansberg mountain range in Northern Limpopo.

Madi a Thavha is a 4 star graded and Fair Trade certified luxury lodge situated 10 km west of Louis Trichardt/Makhado only 5 hours' drive away from Johannesburg.

At our lodge we live and breathe local culture. The region forms the backdrop of the talented and creative Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people. Their rich cultural legacy, mythical background, spiritual beliefs, legends and rituals are firmly rooted in their culture and traditions and are clearly visible in the unique interpretations of their art. The artists and crafters are renowned for their woodcarving, pottery and textiles. This part of the country is also famous for its big game, bio-diversity, archaeological importance and spectacular 'Baobab-sunsets'!

Madi a Thavha is perfectly located in the middle of all these wonders. We organize visits to artists and crafters' work places in the rural villages. Here you can meet with traditional dancers, singers, musicians, story-tellers and traditional healers. At the same time you see some of the plenty natural assets of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley.

Our philosophy is to build long-lasting relationships with our staff, artists, crafters and local communities. A supportive local network connects us to small businesses and community development projects focussing on CraftArt, social development and education. This approach enables us to arrange unique experiences for our guests.

The lodge is a popular stop-over for a night or two when travelling to the Kruger National Park, the world heritage site of Mapungubwe, the bush camps of Tuli Block in Botswana or the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Our stylish guest rooms and suites have a unique local flavour and we have traditional, modern and functional art exhibited all over the lodge and Gardens. Our Arts & Culture centre tells the story of how various cultural influences shaped the region. The CraftArt-shop stocks hand-picked local products and soft furnishings made in our Textile & Design studio at the lodge, all well worth a visit.

The accommodation consists of suites with self-catering facilities and guest rooms. Our well informed staff receives guests in the farm house which has a cozy lounge with fireplace, a dining room with open plan kitchen and friendly chefs serving delicious 'fusion-food'.

Our refreshing solar-heated swimming pool and lapa with sweeping views on the surrounding mountains and cliffs are a popular relaxing area for our guests.

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. The majority of our guests prefer to keep two to three days aside to explore the area on one of our guided CraftArt, cultural or nature day tours , or to explore the area on their own.

Birders can try to tick the Vhembe/Soutpansberg big five birds too. The African Broadbill and the Crested Guinea fowl, can be seen in our region and in relative close proximity to our lodge.

For energetic guests we have bicycles or circular hiking-routes at the lodge and at surrounding farms and we can arrange additional excursions on request. We also offer conference/workshop facilities for small groups in the inspiring ambience of our Arts and Culture Centre and from time to time we present interesting workshops ourselves.

Additional information about rooms and suites

Madi a Thavha guest Rooms and Suites

Our guests are normally excited about our lodge's interiors and Gardens with its distinct local flavour. Art and sculptures are found around every nook and corner and soft furnishings are made in our own Design and sewing studio.

Our Guest suites are equipped to be fully self-catering with guest rooms having coffee and tea facilities. Apart from the extra beds in the suites we can comfortably accommodate 18 people in 9 separate units at our lodge.

The Nandoni room is accessible for individuals with disabilities and our interconnected paved pathways makes wheelchair navigation easy around the lodge.

A gum-pole playground close to the pool always interests adventurous children. We also have baby beds available on request.

Madi a Thavha offers the following types of accommodation
3 Guest Suites and 5 Guest Rooms with the following facilities:

Guest rooms
All guest rooms have fans, heaters, hairdryers, coffee and tea facilities, extra blankets, mosquito nets and we offer a laundry service.

. Phipidi room
With twin beds, bathroom, living area and veranda. This room is adjacent to the farm house, swimming pool and lapa and has a Mountain View, TV and Wi-Fi.
. Sagole room
With queen size bed, bathroom and veranda. This room is adjacent to the farm house, swimming pool and lapa and has a Mountain View, TV and Wi-Fi.
. Luvhuvu room
With twin beds, open bathroom, living area and outside terrace under the trees. Small kitchenette with microwave and fridge. TV and Wi-Fi.
. Albasini room
With twin beds, living area, and open bedroom with bathroom, veranda with braai and Mountain View. TV and Wi-Fi.
. Nandoni room
With twin beds, bathroom and living area, veranda. Accessible for disabled people. TV and Wi-Fi.

Suites - self-catering
All suites are self-catering, with fully equipped kitchens including a fridge, stove, oven and microwave. Fans, heaters, hairdryers, coffee and tea facilities and extra blankets, mosquito nets in all suites, some with braai facilities. Laundry service is available.

. Limpopo suite
Self-catering suite, 2 bedrooms (twin beds) with bathrooms en-suite; one room has a bath and shower, the other only a shower. Open living and dining area with 5th bed, TV and WiFi. Large kitchen, spacious veranda with dining and braai facilities and Mountain View.
. Fundudzi suite
Self-catering suite with one bedroom (twin beds) and bathroom, extra toilet, kitchen, large lounge and dining area, 2 extra beds in the lounge, balcony with Mountain View, braai, TV and Wi-Fi.
. Nwanedi suite
Self-catering suite with one bedroom (twin beds) and bathroom with bath and shower, extra bed in lounge, large lounge and dining area with kitchen, veranda with Mountain View, TV and Wi-Fi.

GPS coordinates
23 0' 57.29" Latitude
29 49' 40.37" Longitude

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
PO Box 383 Plot 17, R522 Makhado - Vivo Rd,
Louis Trichardt (Makhado), 0920 Louis Trichardt (Makhado)
Limpopo Province - South Africa Limpopo Province - South Africa

Checking in and out
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 10:00
Guests arriving after 19:00, should please remember to make special arrangements regarding the main security gate at the time of your arrival.

Breakfast between 7:30 and 10:00
Lunch between 12:00 and 14:00
Dinner is at 19:00. Booking in advance is essential if you would like to join us for dinner.
Other arrangements for mealtimes can be made on request. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements before arrival.

Wireless Internet is available in farm house and all rooms / suites
Good MTN reception
Vodacom reception in farm house
TVs in all rooms / suites

Cancellation policy
Cancellations 0 to 7 days prior forfeit 100% of full costs of stay
Cancellations 8 to 14 days prior forfeit 75% of full costs of stay
Cancellations 15 to 21 days prior forfeit 50% of full costs of stay
Cancellations 22 to 28 days prior forfeit 25% of full costs of stay
Cancellations in excess of 28 days prior incur 5% administration fee to cover banking and handling charges.


Room Facilities

  • Disabled
  • Internet Access
  • Non-Smoking
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Small Pets
  • Telephone
  • Television

On Site Facilities

  • Airport Transfers
  • Baby-sitting
  • Children Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Self Catering

Local Facilities

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Shopping/Curios
  • Tours




  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Average Response Time: 24 hours
  • Tourism Grading Council:
  • ****
  • Cards accepted by this establishment
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.


Off R522 Makhado - Vivo Road, Plot 17, 0920

Map Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge in Louis Trichardt  Soutpansberg  Limpopo  South Africa

Guest Comments

We stayed in the Limpopo House with a lovely view over the mountains- it was beautifully decorated and had all the extras to make our stay really memorable.

This was a memorable stay for the whole family. A great treat in a serene, rural area in the north of South Africa. The location, the structures, management and amenities on offer were all superb. When the budget allows, we'd like to spend a few more days.

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