Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
Louis Trichardt, Soutbansberg - Accommodation
Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge in Louis Trichardt
Madi a Thavha - “Water from the mountain” in TshiVenda - has a mountain stream run through it and sits in a quiet valley of the Soutpansberg. While Northern Limpopo is actually more famous for its abundant wild life and spectacular ‘Baobab-sunsets’ we are even more fascinated with the rich variety of lesser known yet vibrant cultures that drive the peoples of the North.
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 is a Fair Trade certified lodge situated 10 km west of Louis Trichardt/Makhado, only five 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 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 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.
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’.
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.
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 lodge can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests in eight separate units, four guest rooms and four guest suites. In some units we can arrange extra beds on request. Our guest suites have a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering.
We serve a three course set 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.
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!
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Facilities available at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge,Louis Trichardt, Soutbansberg
- 5 Star Reviewed
- Available Next Weekend
- Available This Weekend
- Indoor Fireplace
- Laundry Facilities
- Swimming Pool
- 4 X 4 Trails
- Bicycle Touring
- Bird Watching
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 29° 49' 40.4" E / 23° 0' 57.3" S
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|Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport|
|Address: O R Tambo Airport, 1 O R Tambo Airport Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa|
|Distance: 429 km / Duration: 4 hours 18 mins|
|1.||Head northwest||0.5 km|
|2.||Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R21 N/City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria and merge onto R21 |
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|3.||Take exit 134 for N1 N toward Polokwane |
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|4.||Merge onto N1 |
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|5.||Continue straight to stay on N1 |
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|6.||Take the N1 exit toward Louis Trichardt||1.1 km|
|7.||Continue onto N1/R71 |
Continue to follow N1
|8.||Turn left onto Rissik St||2.9 km|
|9.||Continue onto Noordwes St||0.2 km|
|10.||Continue onto R522||5.4 km|
|11.||Turn right||2.1 km|
|12.||Turn left||0.2 km|
|13.||Turn right||0.6 km|
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OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.
Reviews for Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge
Very neat and well kept place. Only horrible thing is the 3km of gravel to get to the resort. Very difficult with a car. Also, i feel they need a kiosk. To sell cold drinks and sweets. Other than that, Awesome!
Very pleasant. Nestled in the mountains outside Louis Trichardt. Good food and great surroundings
Excellent service from friendly staff eager to assist. Top quality amenities, gallery and gift shop
It's an awesome place for outdoor activities
Beautiful place located within mountains. The nature is amazing. The only negative for me is the gravel road to the place and the flies and insects
Beautiful natural setting, immaculate service
This is a beautiful place uniquely crafted out of the Soutpansberg by the owners
I wish to go to those mountain
Well managed lodge, very friendly and efficient personnel. Well furnished clean rooms and lodge facilities. Best location & views. Nature surrounds and actually within chalets/rooms & facilities creating a feeling of being part of the scenery and set a "belong" & relaxing feeling. This urge you to stay another day or two. Menu different from the usual, will add a couple of choices.
Nice cosy place. Good views. Friendly staff
Just what I needed after a hectic day working. The staff were warm and friendly, the food was great and the room was very comfortable, just wish I had more time to take a dip in their pool.
Our stay there was absolutely wonderful. We were warmly welcomed and assisted every step of the way. The chalet was beautiful and clean and the people very very friendly.
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