A Colourful Experience

Discover the rich culture, history and nature of the Soutpansberg,
Northern Limpopo, South Africa.


Vele School Projects

One of Madi a Thavha' s projects is to support Vele Secondary school in Gogogo (Oprah Winfrey's school). Over the last year we trained 4 learners as tour guides, we trained two women from the community sewing skills, and our housekeeping and maintenance staff trained their counterparts at Vele school. Recently we visited the school in Northern Venda and we did some work with the handy man, cleaners and sewing group and together with Hangwi Mamavhelo from Tshikululu Social investments we made plans for community mapping in the villages around the school. The idea is to involve learners from Vele continue reading

Madi a Thavha at Tourism Indaba Durban 10-14 May

Madi a Thavha is represented at Tourism Indaba in Durban from 10 – 14 May. You will find us at  the stand of Limpopo Tourism Agency in DEC. Together with the Pearls of Limpopo, a small marketing network of other lodges in Limpopo (Mopane Bush Lodge, Leshiba Wilderness and Kololo Game reserve). We promote Limpopo as a tourism destination to experience wildlife, nature, history and cultural heritage. We will present our new website with information about our lodge, the gallery, the artists and our activities and tours. continue reading

Tswelopele creche

We have a new project that we like to support. Tswelopele is a creche in Indermark, near Blouberg.  Tswelopele means “way forward’, which is the vision of the founder Fredericka Ralephata. She is a very creative and innovative woman and with very limited resources there is so much to play and learn for the 168 children who stay at the creche every day. 14 staff members take care of the children and they also get meals when they stay at the creche. There is no money for toys and educational materials, so they make everything themselves such as small tables and chairs continue reading

Herb garden

We are busy making a herb garden near the kitchen. The idea came up when Calvin Dias who is an expert in perma-culture gardening stayed at Madi a Thavha. He works with schools in Northern Limpopo to teach the principles of perma culture and to develop gardens at the schools.He made a nice design for our herb garden and Alfred and his team are now preparing the land, building the structure of the garden, mixing the soil with compost and arranging the irrigation. We already bought the herbs: rosemary, thyme, lavender, parcel, basil and chives. When the herb garden is continue reading

Adventurous playground

A small project at Madi a Thavha is building a playground, with a trampoline as a special attraction. Alfred and Paul built all wooden playing tools such as a whip-up, walking bridge, and climbing ropes. During Easter weekend children were already playing and also the children from our staff who stayed at Madi a Thavha during Easter holiday had a lot of fun and they enjoyed the new playground. Now children are welcome to play here and use their energy by jumping on the trampoline, and swinging and climbing like little monkeys. continue reading