VENDA CULTURE TOURS

Venda culture and traditions are still proudly preserved and practised by the Venda people. The Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province have been the traditional home of the Venda since the 19th century. 

Venda culture is steeped in the spirit world and finds expression in their woodcarvings, pottery and the decoration of their buildings. Traditional beliefs are that all lakes and rivers are sacred and the many legends told by Venda forefathers are retold from generation to generation.

Ancestor worship, drums, dancing, livestock, agriculture and crafts are very important to the Venda people.

Visit Mashovhela Bush Lodge in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve for a truly unique Venda Cultural Experience.

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VENDA CULTURE AND HERITAGE TOURS

VENDA TOUR RATES

 

2 Adults

4 – 10 adults (in Mashovhela Safari Vehicle)

Local Kavambe Cultural Village Tour (2 hours)

R390.00 pp

R260.00 pp

Venda Land Cultural Tour (Full day – 8 hours)

R2400.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

R1040.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour (Full day – 8 hours)

R2025.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

R880.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour (Half day – 4 hours)

R1010.00 pp (Excl. lunch)

R440.00 pp (Excl. lunch)

All tours must be booked 24 hours in advance at the Lodge reception
A minimum of 2 Adults rate is required to enable the tours to be booked
All entrance fees, tour fees as well as picnic lunch is included in the Full Day Tours
Children under 12 years get 50% discount with a minimum of 2 Adults rate
Optional STEP ON GUIDE: Using our guide with your own vehicle – FROM R400.00 for HALF day (4 hours) to R800.00 for FULL day (8 hours) per tour

Local Kavambe Cultural Village Tour
Experience day to day life in an authentic Venda village.

The tour includes:
Visiting a Venda family at their home
Learning about making local African beer
Traditional jewellery making
Building materials used for houses
Venda clothing
Venda drawings

The Venda village gets 30% commission of each per person rate.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

Venda Land Cultural Tour (FULL day includes picnic lunch)
Visiting Venda Land is a truly captivating experience which includes a number of attractions in the area and is guided by a professional Venda guide.

The tour includes:
The Dzata Ruins and Museum – experience this proud and colourful tribe’s history and legends through the artefacts on display.
Venda villages – get insight into Venda people culture and way of life.
Lake Fundudzi fed by the Motale River. The most sacred site to the Venda – home to the mythical python and white crocodile.
Thathe Vondo forest – ‘Holy Forest’ with ancient trees and mountain ferns.
Tshatshingo Potholes – view beautiful waterfalls and streams and watch the Motale River disappear into a pothole before reappearing some distance away.
Enjoy the scenic beauty of Venda land and the Soutpansberg Mountains.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour
Venda people are highly creative, some craftsmen being well known worldwide.

The tour includes:
The Cultural Heritage Resource Centre, the Dancing Fish gallery at Madi a Thavha for an introduction to different cultural arts and crafts.
The Elim Area – where women make stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery.
Mashamba Potters – a huge workshop of 50 women making traditional Venda and contemporary pots which are all fired in natural clay ovens.
Wood carver, Thomas Kubayi – he carves traditional and contemporary wood sculptures, makes traditional musical instruments like drums and teaches young people wood carving skills.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

VENDA CULTURE TOURS

Venda culture and traditions are still proudly preserved and practised by the Venda people. The Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province have been the traditional home of the Venda since the 19th century. 

Venda culture is steeped in the spirit world and finds expression in their woodcarvings, pottery and the decoration of their buildings. Traditional beliefs are that all lakes and rivers are sacred and the many legends told by Venda forefathers are retold from generation to generation.

Ancestor worship, drums, dancing, livestock, agriculture and crafts are very important to the Venda people.

Visit Mashovhela Bush Lodge in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve for a truly unique Venda Cultural Experience.

VENDA TOUR RATES

 

2 Adults

4 – 10 adults (in Mashovhela Safari Vehicle)

Local Kavambe Cultural Village Tour (2 hours)

R390.00 pp

R260.00 pp

Venda Land Cultural Tour (Full day – 8 hours)

R2400.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

R1040.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour (Full day – 8 hours)

R2025.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

R880.00 pp (Picnic Lunch incl.)

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour (Half day – 4 hours)

R1010.00 pp (Excl. lunch)

R440.00 pp (Excl. lunch)

All tours must be booked 24 hours in advance at the Lodge reception
A minimum of 2 Adults rate is required to enable the tours to be booked
All entrance fees, tour fees as well as picnic lunch is included in the Full Day Tours
Children under 12 years get 50% discount with a minimum of 2 Adults rate
Optional STEP ON GUIDE: Using our guide with your own vehicle – FROM R400.00 for HALF day (4 hours) to R800.00 for FULL day (8 hours) per tour

Local Kavambe Cultural Village Tour
Experience day to day life in an authentic Venda village.

The tour includes:
Visiting a Venda family at their home
Learning about making local African beer
Traditional jewellery making
Building materials used for houses
Venda clothing
Venda drawings

The Venda village gets 30% commission of each per person rate.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

Venda Land Cultural Tour (FULL day includes picnic lunch)
Visiting Venda Land is a truly captivating experience which includes a number of attractions in the area and is guided by a professional Venda guide.

The tour includes:
The Dzata Ruins and Museum – experience this proud and colourful tribe’s history and legends through the artefacts on display.
Venda villages – get insight into Venda people culture and way of life.
Lake Fundudzi fed by the Motale River. The most sacred site to the Venda – home to the mythical python and white crocodile.
Thathe Vondo forest – ‘Holy Forest’ with ancient trees and mountain ferns.
Tshatshingo Potholes – view beautiful waterfalls and streams and watch the Motale River disappear into a pothole before reappearing some distance away.
Enjoy the scenic beauty of Venda land and the Soutpansberg Mountains.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

Venda Arts and Crafts Tour
Venda people are highly creative, some craftsmen being well known worldwide.

The tour includes:
The Cultural Heritage Resource Centre, the Dancing Fish gallery at Madi a Thavha for an introduction to different cultural arts and crafts.
The Elim Area – where women make stunning batiks with traditional patterns, bead work and embroidery.
Mashamba Potters – a huge workshop of 50 women making traditional Venda and contemporary pots which are all fired in natural clay ovens.
Wood carver, Thomas Kubayi – he carves traditional and contemporary wood sculptures, makes traditional musical instruments like drums and teaches young people wood carving skills.

Chat to Dinah 012 991 6930 / Jacques 079 427 6333

SURROUNDING NORTHERN LIMPOPO TOURS

Limpopo, South Africa

MAPUNGUBWE HERITAGE TOUR

TOUR ITINERARY

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.

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 Centrewhere 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)

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