The baobab sunset. An African icon, a prehistoric succulent, a symbol of life. Here, they grow in the Soutpansberg Mountains. Alongside yellowwood, forest fever, giant cabbage and ancient ferns. In fact, there are 500 or so tree species. And there, in a valley below, is Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge or Water from the Mountains Mountain Lodge if you want a direct translation.
With a mixture of rooms, suites with self catering facilities, Madi a Thavha can accommodate 18 guests in its sprawling sub-tropical grounds.
Each guest suite has its own style inspired by the local heritage and, as a nice touch, the soft furnishings are made in their own design and sewing studio. Bed and breakfast is available.
Limpopo suite: A house for 4, two en-suite bedrooms with twin beds, a large dining and living area (extra bed on request) with TV, WiFi and kitchen. Outside is a large terrace with braai. Mountain view. Good for families with children. Worth noting, they consider children to be 0-10. No doubt this will please any 11-year-old adults reading this.
Albasini suite: Smaller and for 2. Semi closed bedroom with bathroom and living room with kitchen. The outside terrace has braai facilities and a mountain view.
Fundudzi suite: Big house for 2 people, with one en-suite twin bedroom, a large living area (with 2 extra beds for children on request), TV and kitchen. Outside is a big covered balcony with a mountain view. Braai and WiFi.
Nwanedi suite: This is a house for two with one twin bedroom, a bathroom with bath and shower, extra bed available upon request in the lounge. There’s a dining area, kitchen, TV, WiFi and a veranda with a mountain view.
Nandoni suite: This is a wheel chair friendly guest room for 2 people, not far from the farm house. The interconnected paved pathways makes wheelchair navigation easy around the lodge. There’s a twin bedroom, separate bathroom and living room with a mountain view. Television and Wi-Fi. A maximum of 2 adults here and no children.
Luvhuvu suite: This has twin beds, an open bathroom, living area, a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge. Television and Wi-Fi. Plus an outside terrace under the trees with a mountain view.
Phipidi Rooms: There are 2 rooms in the original farmhouse. This is where the lodge facilities are, so you’ll be next to the swimming pool and lapa. The rooms are ensuite, have twin beds and their own entrance. A maximum of 2 adults here and no children.
Sagole room: This room is adjacent to the farm house, swimming pool and lapa and has a mountain view, television and Wi-Fi. A queen size bed, bathroom and veranda. A maximum of 2 adults here and no children.
Solar-heated swimming pool and lapa with mountains views; dining room with open plan kitchen; laundry service; gum-pole playground close to the pool; cultural heritage centre; art gallery; textile & design studio; CraftArt-shop
You can hike and cycle around the lodge or hang out around the pool and lapa.
The lodge offers various tours including the CraftArt and Communities’ Lifestyles tour - this is all about the local Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people. Visit artists and crafters’ work places in the rural villages.
Or just explore the Soutpansberg region. Hike or go bird watching or do both. Ever heard of the big 5 birds? Soutpansberg has ‘em. The African Broadbill and the Crested Guinea fowl can be seen here too.
If you want to go further you can do day trips to Mapungubwe, the two most northern gates of the Kruger National Park, Pafuri and Punda Maria and the Levubu valley and the Wolkberge in Tzaneen.