Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge -Experience the colourful rich culture, adventure and heritage of Limpopo

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Located in a scenic and peaceful valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains, the 4-Star Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge is a journey of discovery into the amazing culture and art of the people of the Northern Limpopo province.

Its location also makes it a popular stopover for those venturing into Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe, Kruger Park North and the subtropical green belt of Levubu and Tzaneen.

Needless to say, an escape into the bush is a great way to social distance and your hosts have also put in place various COVID-19 protocols to protect you during your stay. Everything comes together for memorable stays.

The lodge is now owned by Thendo, a hardworking, highly-committed person, who throws herself wholeheartedly into all her endeavours.

About Thendo

Her ability to work with people showcase excellent communication skills and great empathy. Thendo is a proud Limpopian, who hails from a township called Shayandima and is now proudly a Mashamba home girl.

She is gifted in managing relationships and her ability to attract and retain customers is based on her intrinsic knowledge of her customer base. She values on-going academic and practical development and study.

Thendo has a keen interest and passion for food, fitness, traveling and new and experimental cannabis-infused dishes. She is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience in running retail, food, construction, and property related ventures since 1999.

People around her lovingly call her the Fit Chef because of her passion for fitness and food. Madi a Thavha, her newest venture since October 2020, was taken over during a particularly difficult time in the tourism industry. It posed an interesting challenge, that Thendo readily stepped up to.

Since then, She and her team have reshaped Madi A Thavha greatly, exploring innovative, fresh ideas on how to keep the lodge relevant and still retain the cultural, food, and adventurous experience Madi a Thavha has to offer.

Accommodation at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Your choice of accommodation includes five en-suite guest rooms, four suites offering both self-catering and dinner bed and breakfast options as well as a large family guesthouse with two en-suite bedrooms.

Each option can accommodate between two and four guests. On request, they can cater for tour groups of up to 24 people.

Whichever option you choose, expect large, comfy beds with clean linen and mosquito nets; Wi-Fi internet access; TVs with DStv; full-equipped kitchens; amazing mountain views; terraces/verandas and private entrances with each unit.

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Guest facilities at the guesthouse include secure, free parking for vehicles; a refreshing swimming pool; bar / lounge; laundry services; and a restaurant, where they serve wholesome home-cooked meals to order.

There is still a BBQ / Picnic area and a tour/sightseeing desk as well as a craft shop for those wanting a keepsake or two.

Activities in Soutpansberg

Northern Limpopo is a treasure trove of activities and things to do for the whole family. On offer are walks in the Soutpansberg mountains; tours to Venda communities; 4×4 adventures; birding trips; art and culture trips as well as cycling and heritage site visits.

Let their knowledgeable and experienced guides take you on a journey of discovery!

Reviews from previous Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge guests

“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,” wrote QueenVictoria2015 on their TripAdvisor page.

Theresa Wood added; “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.”

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge is located along the R522 to Vivo Plot 17 Makhado, Louis Trichardt, Limpopo. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 15 516 0220 | +27 (0) 83 342 41 62; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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