GUIDED AREA TOURS

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VENDA CULTURE AND HERITAGE TOURS

 Venda Culture Arts and Crafts

LOCAL KAVAMBE CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR

Experience day to day life in an authentic Venda village, buy crafts directly from the craftsman and learn about local beer making.

(The Venda village gets 30% commission from each per person rates)

VENDALAND CULTURAL TOUR

Visiting Venda is a truly captivating experience filled with mystical forests, sacred lakes, water spirits, stunning scenery and world famous crafts. Guided by a professional guide, our one-day tour includes the Dzata ruins and museum, Venda Villages, Lake Fundudzi, Thathe Vondo Forest, Tshatsingo Potholes and allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Venda and the Soutpansberg.

VENDA ARTS AND CRAFTS TOUR

The Venda culture is steeped in the spirit world and finds expression in their arts and crafts. Being highly creative people the Venda people produce many fascinating works and many of the craftsmen being well known worldwide. Among the well-known arts and crafts are clay pots distinctively marked with angular designs in graphite, silver and ochre and woodcarvings ranging from abstract to practical.

MAPUNGUBWE HERITAGE TOUR

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and of cultural importance to the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe where the famous golden rhino was found.

TOUR ITINERARY
  • Visit a Venda family at their home, the guests are shown how the Venda people live, how they make African beer, traditional jewellery making, building materials for their houses, drawings, clothing.

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
TOUR ITINERARY
  • The Dzata Ruins and Museum where the Venda legends and interesting history of this very proud and colourful African tribe is brought to life by the relaying of actual stories and legends linked to the artefacts displayed there.
  • Visit Venda villages where one gets an intimate insight into how the Venda people live and their culture.
  • Lake Fundudzi which has always been related to the spirit world with a legendary large white python God living below the surface of the water and sometimes you can hear the Tshikona sing, although no one appears to be present. It is the home of the mythical python and white crocodile.
  • Thathe Vondo forest, the ‘Holy Forest’, with ancient trees and mountain ferns where all the great Venda Kings are said to be buried and so full of spirits that few Venda people venture into it for fear of the two mythical creatures keeping guard, namely the white lion and the thunder and lightning bird.
  • Tshatshingo Potholes, which is a must see, and view beautiful waterfalls, river streams and nature.
  • The scenic beauty of Venda and the Soutpansberg.  

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
TOUR ITINERARY

Our Arts & Crafts day tour is an adventure as craft villages are scattered and some roads poor, so Venda life in general and can be experienced in between visiting some of the area’s best craftsman. 

  • Visit the cultural heritage resource centre; The Dancing Fish Gallery at Madi a Thavha for an introduction to the different cultural arts and crafts.
  • In the Elim area we visit women making stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery. A visit past the Elim market to experience vibrant rural life of the Venda and Tsonga people: taxi busses arrive and leave for rural villages; there is a bustling fruit and vegetable market, a hair dresser, local eating places and many other fascinating places to explore.
  • Leaving Elim we head out to Twananani Textiles, where women make stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery.
  • John Baloy’s rural art gallery is the next optional port of call. John was a famous wood carver who passed away by a car accident some years ago. His gallery is still in place and houses his artwork and sculptures from other wood carvers in the area.
  • Stop over at Revoni Blind School.
  • Part of the tour is visiting the Mashamba potters, which is a huge workshop where 50 women make traditional Venda pots and more contemporary pots. All of these pots are naturally fired.
  • From there it is on to another wood carver, Thomas Kubayi, who makes traditional music instruments such as drums and mariba, as well as carving traditional and contemporary sculptures. At his workshop, Thomas also teaches young people woodcarving skills.

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
TOUR ITINERARY

This location was a precursor to Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela. Visit Mapungubwe Hill where a far developed African civilization prospered between 1200 and 1270 AD. The area was already inhabited by a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD and became rich through trade with faraway places like Egypt, India and China. This is the place where archeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.

  • Early Breakfast at the Drumbeat Restaurant
  • At 07h30 depart to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site
  • Depending on the days plan, you will stop on route at Alldays Pub for a quick refreshing drink.
  • At the SAN Park entrance you will be picked up by a SAN Park Guide who will take you on a tour to the famous Mapungubwe Hill where the ancient king and his families lived. Here you will enjoy the scenic view of the park.
  • Our guide will then take you to the architect-award winning Interpretation Centre where you will find out more about the ancient heritage & artefacts found in the area as well as a copy of the famous GOLDEN RHINO.
  • We will then offer a picnic- lunch in the park.
  • An afternoon game & sight-seeing drive through the park will lead to the confluence viewpoint where the Sashe and Limpopo rivers divide the South African, Botswana and Zimbabwe borders.
  • After a snack & drink you will, depending on the day plan stop at Alldays Pub for a quick refreshing drink and then depart back to our Mashovhela Bush Lodge where you will have your dinner.

Includes

  • Guided transport to Mapungubwe Park and back to Mashovhela Lodge
  • Bottles of water
  • Picnic-lunch
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance to the Park
  • Heritage Hill tour
  • Entrance to the Centre
  • Afternoon game & scenic drive
  • Children under 12 years pay half price accompanied with a minimum of 2 Adults.

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities Optional; Archaeological San (bushman) rock art tour (advanced booking is essential)

LOCAL KAVAMBE CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR

Experience day to day life in an authentic Venda village, buy crafts directly from the craftsman and learn about local beer making.

(The Venda village gets 30% commission from each per person rates)

TOUR ITINERARY
  • Visit a Venda family at their home, the guests are shown how the Venda people live, how they make African beer, traditional jewellery making, building materials for their houses, drawings, clothing.

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

VENDALAND CULTURAL TOUR

Visiting Venda is a truly captivating experience filled with mystical forests, sacred lakes, water spirits, stunning scenery and world famous crafts. Guided by a professional guide, our one-day tour includes the Dzata ruins and museum, Venda Villages, Lake Fundudzi, Thathe Vondo Forest, Tshatsingo Potholes and allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Venda and the Soutpansberg.

TOUR ITINERARY
  • The Dzata Ruins and Museum where the Venda legends and interesting history of this very proud and colourful African tribe is brought to life by the relaying of actual stories and legends linked to the artefacts displayed there.
  • Visit Venda villages where one gets an intimate insight into how the Venda people live and their culture.
  • Lake Fundudzi which has always been related to the spirit world with a legendary large white python God living below the surface of the water and sometimes you can hear the Tshikona sing, although no one appears to be present. It is the home of the mythical python and white crocodile.
  • Thathe Vondo forest, the ‘Holy Forest’, with ancient trees and mountain ferns where all the great Venda Kings are said to be buried and so full of spirits that few Venda people venture into it for fear of the two mythical creatures keeping guard, namely the white lion and the thunder and lightning bird.
  • Tshatshingo Potholes, which is a must see, and view beautiful waterfalls, river streams and nature.
  • The scenic beauty of Venda and the Soutpansberg.  

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

VENDA ARTS AND CRAFTS TOUR

The Venda culture is steeped in the spirit world and finds expression in their arts and crafts. Being highly creative people the Venda people produce many fascinating works and many of the craftsmen being well known worldwide. Among the well-known arts and crafts are clay pots distinctively marked with angular designs in graphite, silver and ochre and woodcarvings ranging from abstract to practical.

TOUR ITINERARY

Our Arts & Crafts day tour is an adventure as craft villages are scattered and some roads poor, so Venda life in general and can be experienced in between visiting some of the area’s best craftsman. 

  • Visit the cultural heritage resource centre; The Dancing Fish Gallery at Madi a Thavha for an introduction to the different cultural arts and crafts.
  • In the Elim area we visit women making stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery. A visit past the Elim market to experience vibrant rural life of the Venda and Tsonga people: taxi busses arrive and leave for rural villages; there is a bustling fruit and vegetable market, a hair dresser, local eating places and many other fascinating places to explore.
  • Leaving Elim we head out to Twananani Textiles, where women make stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery.
  • John Baloy’s rural art gallery is the next optional port of call. John was a famous wood carver who passed away by a car accident some years ago. His gallery is still in place and houses his artwork and sculptures from other wood carvers in the area.
  • Stop over at Revoni Blind School.
  • Part of the tour is visiting the Mashamba potters, which is a huge workshop where 50 women make traditional Venda pots and more contemporary pots. All of these pots are naturally fired.
  • From there it is on to another wood carver, Thomas Kubayi, who makes traditional music instruments such as drums and mariba, as well as carving traditional and contemporary sculptures. At his workshop, Thomas also teaches young people woodcarving skills.

Includes

  • A packed lunch
  • All entrance fees

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

MAPUNGUBWE HERITAGE TOUR

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and of cultural importance to the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe where the famous golden rhino was found.

TOUR ITINERARY

This location was a precursor to Great Zimbabwe and Thulamela. Visit Mapungubwe Hill where a far developed African civilization prospered between 1200 and 1270 AD. The area was already inhabited by a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD and became rich through trade with faraway places like Egypt, India and China. This is the place where archeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.

  • Early Breakfast at the Drumbeat Restaurant
  • At 07h30 depart to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site
  • Depending on the days plan, you will stop on route at Alldays Pub for a quick refreshing drink.
  • At the SAN Park entrance you will be picked up by a SAN Park Guide who will take you on a tour to the famous Mapungubwe Hill where the ancient king and his families lived. Here you will enjoy the scenic view of the park.
  • Our guide will then take you to the architect-award winning Interpretation Centre where you will find out more about the ancient heritage & artefacts found in the area as well as a copy of the famous GOLDEN RHINO.
  • We will then offer a picnic- lunch in the park.
  • An afternoon game & sight-seeing drive through the park will lead to the confluence viewpoint where the Sashe and Limpopo rivers divide the South African, Botswana and Zimbabwe borders.
  • After a snack & drink you will, depending on the day plan stop at Alldays Pub for a quick refreshing drink and then depart back to our Mashovhela Bush Lodge where you will have your dinner.

Includes

  • Guided transport to Mapungubwe Park and back to Mashovhela Lodge
  • Bottles of water
  • Picnic-lunch
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance to the Park
  • Heritage Hill tour
  • Entrance to the Centre
  • Afternoon game & scenic drive
  • Children under 12 years pay half price accompanied with a minimum of 2 Adults.

Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities Optional; Archaeological San (bushman) rock art tour (advanced booking is essential)

SURROUNDING NORTHERN LIMPOPO TOURS

Limpopo Surroundings

WESTERN SOUTPANSBERG TOUR

TOUR ITINERARY

A visit to the Soutpansberg salt pans, Blouberg Nature Reserve, Schoemansdal Museum and the “Dancing Fish” African Art Gallery.

  • Bergpans salt pans: The Soutpansberg Mountains derived its name from these large salt-pans, which have probably been used by game since time immemorial and whose salt has been exploited from the Stone Age time’s right up to present.
  • Blouberg Nature Reserve: View the largest colony of Cape Vultures.
  • Schoemandsdal Museum: An exhibition of old building styles
  • Dancing Fish” Gallery at MadiaThavha: A variety of African Art to admire and appreciate.

BOABAB TOUR

TOUR ITINERARY

Visit the Musina Baobab Nature Reserve, Sagole Spa Big Tree and the Nzhelele Dam Area.

  • Musina Baobab Nature Reserve: Famous for its high number of Baobab Trees.
  • Big Tree at Sagole Spa: The world’s oldest and largest Baobab tree, estimated at 3000 years and with a circumference of 43m. Sagole Spa also features a natural hot spring and Tshikovha, a local herbalist and diviner of international repute, can be visited by arrangement.
  • Tshipise Hot Springs: Only by special entrance arrangement we might be allowed to relax in the hot waters that bubble out of the earth’s crust.
  • Nzhelele Dam: This beautiful dam, recognised for excellent fishing, is surrounded by a nature reserve plentiful in plains game.

NORTHERN KRUGER PARK TOUR

TOUR ITINERARY

Your will enter Kruger National Park at the most northern Punda Maria Gate, spend the day game viewing around the Limpopo river area. You will exit the park at the Pufari Gate  on your way back to the lodge.

  • Punda Maria Gate: to enter or exit the Kruger National Park; is the most northerly gate in the Kruger National Park and was originally established as an outpost to catch ivory poachers. This area offers outstanding birding and often described as the “botanical garden” of the Kruger.
  • Thulamela Archaeological site: This is a stone walled site dating back 450 – 500 years. This forms part of the Zimbabwe culture, which is believed to have started at Mapungubwe. There is evidence that gold was already being smelted here in 1300 AD.
  • Big Tree at Sagole Spa: The world’s oldest and largest Baobab tree, estimated at 3000 years and with a circumference of 43m. Sagole Spa also features a natural hot spring and Tshikovha, a local herbalist and diviner of international repute, can be visited by arrangement.
  • Crooks Corner: acquired its name from the number of outlaws living there. Situated where South Africa. Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet, it was an ideal for them to slip across a border when the authorities came searching for them.
  • Pufuri Gate: to enter or exit the Kruger National Park