Discovering nature and the secrets of the Venda people
The tour to the sacred Lake Fundudzi and Thathe Vondo forest can be done as a day trip, starting at Madi a Thavha and driving back in the afternoon. We strongly advise to make use of the services of a local tour guide, since Lake Fundudzi is not so easy to find and the guide provides access to the homesteads in the villages, the local customs and sacred stories. A tour guide can be booked at Madi a Thavha Mountain lodge.
Accompanied by a tour guide, travellers can visit Lake Fundudzi and the Thathe Vondo forest. The guide can tell many secrets and legends of this lake, which has spiritual significance to the Venda people.
After going back to the N 1, the drive continues to the north, in the direction of Witvlag, through forestry, macadamia nut orchards and tribal land. After passing various villages travellers arrive at the R 523. From there, the drive continues in the direction of Sibasa and Thohoyandou. After Fondwe village, there is a turn left into the forest. From here, the Vondo dam view point can be accessed, Lake Fundudzi, Thathe Vondo forest and Mutale Falls, which is a nice spot for pick-nick and swimming. The route ends driving back via the R 523 to the N1 and to Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge.
Places of interest
Dzata ruins and the adjacent museum about traditional Venda culture.
Distance: 200 kilometers
Tour guide: strongly recommend
Level of adventure: high
Car: high wheel clearance is needed