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.

Highlights

  • hike through villages to interact with creative and skilled Venda, Tsonga and Sotho citizens of Northern Limpopo.
  • learn the secrets and legends of Lake Fundudzi and of ancestral spirits in the Holy Thate Vondo forest
  • Visit famous sculptor and traditional healer Albert Munyai for his giant drum- and marimba-sculptures
  • visit world-renowned artist Noria Mabasa where she exhibits her unique sculptures of clay and wood in her gallery
  • hear toddlers singing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, part of South Africa’s national anthem
  • visit tin-shack market where you gets the local vibe of Tsonga people

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving Limpopo Region

On arrival at OR Tambo Airport, guests to be met and assisted onto their private road transfer to Limpopo. Check in Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge which is an excellent base to spend a few days to explore the Venda and Tsonga culture, myths and legends and to discover unspoiled nature of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley.

Destination: South Africa

Day 2-4

Discover artistic Limpopo

Engage in and get excited by different art and culture guided tours. Guest could visit colourful Elim and surrounding villages where artists and crafters gather. Venda lifestyle tour offers a mixture of modern and traditional life in Venda-speaking areas. Other full day tours include learning the stories of famous Venda drums and potters at Thandama Crafts Centre and Mufulwi village. Madi a Thavha also forms part of the UNESCO acclaimed Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, a hike through villages will also be very rewarding.

Destination: South Africa

Day 5-6

Heart of Art Cities

Depart by road to Johannesburg and check in Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre. Day 6 would be a full day private guided tour to explore Johannesburg & Pretoria. There is a huge number of art galleries & cultural museums to choose from – Johannesburg city tour covers all the major points of interest from Sandton in the north to Soweto in the south. While Pretoria city tour begins with a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, visiting Kruger House Museum and Church Square, and completes the tour by stoping at the Union Building where guest could enjoy a fantastic view over the city.

Destination: Johannesburg

Day 7-8

The expert choice

Day 7 transfer to Cape Town and check in An African Villa. Situated in Cape Town, the house has the feel of an intimate boutique hotel because of its sophisticated African décor and generous facilities. Day 8 and 9 would be full day art tour looking into the Mother City’s top contemporary and classic exhibition spaces. Options include Iziko South African National Gallery, Worldart which specialises in managing and marketing artists and their pieces, Brundyn+ and Erdmann Contemporary etc.

Destination: Cape Town
Accommodation: An African Villa

Day 9-10

Perfect ending

Day 9 would be an exploration to art galleries in Franschhoek, like the The Gallery at Grande Provence which boast all forms of visual art, including paintings, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery. The venue has an extensive involvement in South African sculpture, and thus there are figures exhibited throughout the estate’s gardens. You can also explore Stellenbosch, where Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Kanonkop Art Gallery, and Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC) will not disappoint you. Day 10 will be transferred to Cape Town Airport and set you journey home.

Destination: Cape Town
Accommodation: An African Villa