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Experience Limpopo’s Art at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Fifteen years ago, Dutch immigrants Marcelle Bosch and Aart van Soest bought a vegetable farm in the mountains of northern Limpopo with the dream to open a lodge promoting the unique artistic traditions of the Venda and Tsonga people. Marcelle and Aart named their lodge Madi a Thavha — which means “water from the mountain” in Venda — named for the natural springs that flow down the mountain to feed the farm.

Nylsvley Nature Reserve: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

At first glance the Nylsvley Nature Reserve seems modest. It’s a small, provincial reserve — without the Big-5 flashiness of the massive Kruger Park to east, or the plush luxury of the private lodges in the Waterberg to the west. And yet Nylsvley possesses a sense of peace and quiet unlike anywhere else in South Africa. On top of that, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers and nature-lovers more generally.

Cape Town to Hermanus: One of the World’s Most Scenic Drives

Hermanus is a stunningly beautiful town, with green mountains soaring over sandy, boulder-strewn beaches and of course the best whale-watching on earth. But even before arriving in Hermanus, visitors can enjoy one of the world’s most scenic drives on the road from Cape Town. If taken at a leisurely pace, this drive can fill up the better part of a day.

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