This is a special journey that will bring you across several provinces of South Africa each with rich history and cultural characteristics.
Named for what Rudyard Kipling described as the ‘great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River’, Limpopo Province is a region of immense natural beauty, made up largely of pristine savannah plains sheltering a diverse array of wild animals. Madi a Thavha, meaning “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains of Northern Limpopo. Guest will stay in a cozy lodge that tours could be arranged to visit a wide range of art projects and speak to interesting artists in the region.
Some highlights of the journey include getting the local vibe of the predominantly Tsonga people in the Elim informal tin-shack market; stopping at Tshino to visit world-renowned artist Noria Mabasa where she exhibits her unique sculptures of clay and wood in her gallery alongside the pottery and sculptures of her students; visiting Albert Munyai, famous sculptor and traditional healer, known for his quirky sense of humor, with his giant drum- and marimba-sculptures.
We will have chance to learn the secrets and legends of Lake Fundudzi and of ancestral spirits in the Holy Thate Vondo forest, both of high spiritual significance for the vhaVenda people. Apart from our own Baobab circular route at Madi a Thavha, hiking through villages can also be arranged for those who like to experience more of the rich cultural heritage of the creative and skilled Venda, Tsonga and Sotho citizens of Northern Limpopo.
The Detour continues to Johannesburg where guest would be guided through some famous regions, covering all the major points of interest, from Sandton in the north to Soweto in the south and South Africa’s administrative capital Pretoria, Often referred to as the “Jacaranda City”. The artistic climax appears as guest will have chance to visit all the popular art markets and galleries including Worldart, Iziko South African National Gallery, The Cape Gallery, Erdmann Contemporary, The Lovell Gallery, 34 Fine Art and Stevenson Gallery, The Gallery at Grande Provence in Franschhoek and Holden Manz Collection.