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Water from the mountains; Madi a Thavha, South Africa!


The label Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) is one of our long-term ecolabel partners. It is a non-profit organization promoting best-practice responsible tourism in Africa. Fair Trade Tourism understands the positive impact that fair and sustainable tourism can have in local communities and aims to amplify visitor experiences, creating truly transformative tourism options for both tourist and tourism trade alike.

Madi a Thavha “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains of northern Limpopo in South Africa. Madi a Thava is eco-certified by the FFT, which means they are sustainable! Madi a Thavha works on building sustainable relationships with its employees and their families and the surrounding local communities. Madi a Thavha empowers its staff through skills development and ongoing training in areas such as sewing, craft production, business skills and HIV/Aids awareness, to name a few. The lodge is also specialized in showing the vibrant and creative citizens and rich cultural diversity of the far North! Book Madi a Thava at!

Vhutshilo Mountain School started their school for AIDS orphans in a mobile-home with the enrolment of 3 orphans, one teacher and her loyal domestic worker. Now they have 59 young students and monitor 115 HIV+ children from 19 villages as part of the outreach program.Madi a Thavha is involved in training at Vhutshilo: their handyman Paul, and Textile & Design studio team do the sewing and carpentry training and the lodge’s staff trained the crèche’s cooks in healthy food preparation. They also buy recycled glass beads from the women at Vhutshilo and make necklaces that you can buy at their CraftArt!

At Madi a Thavha you can do a tour that takes you to the north of Venda with its amazing Baobab trees, quaint villages, raw beauty and famous artists. If you have time also see the biggest Boabab tree in the region and the modern Oprah-school with its eco-friendly design in the deepest of the Venda mountains. Book your stay at this eco-certified accommodation at


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