Holiday Accommodation in Thohoyandou

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Jacob's Creek Game Farm ThohoyandouSelf-catering
Kingfisher Lodge ThohoyandouHotel / Lodge
Morula Cottage ThohoyandouSelf-catering
Self Catering Resort Thohoyandou ThohoyandouSelf-catering
Shalom Guesthouse ThohoyandouGuest House
Tshirunzini Camp ThohoyandouCamping & Caravan
Vevisa Lodge      ThohoyandouHotel / Lodge
Wisani Lodge ThohoyandouHotel / Lodge

Thohoyandou

Route: African Ivory Route

The most well-known Venda-dance is the domba dance which is performed during initiation ceremonies. The domba drum is a prized possession, intricately carved in wood. Generations of carvers have kept this craft alive, and an open-air workshop near Mutale is worth a visit...Thohoyandou is the former capital of the independent homeland and the proud heart of the VhaVenda people. It's name means "head of the elephant" in tshiVenda.

The town is the commercial, administrative and legislative centre for the district. It is a bustling centre of commerce, well served with shopping complexes, an interesting museum and an international standard hotel and casino.

Sightseeing in Venda is intimately linked to the rich store of legends and myths that the VhaVenda live by. One of the best-known sacred places is Lake Fundudzi in the Mutale River where, as legend has it, the giant python god of fertility dwells that demands the sacrifice of a maiden each  year.

This annual sacrifice became an integral part of Venda life, together with the remarkable ceremony known as the Domba Dance which has become part of the initiation rites of young women. The dance, also known as ~he Python Dance, is performed by rows of girls imitating the movements-of a python. Both the lake and the Domba dance may only be viewed by obtaining permission from the local authority.

The Thathe Vondo Forest is a beautiful indigenous forest that incorporates the sacred burial ground of the chiefs of the Thathe clan, while the scenic Phiphidi Falls and Gubukhuvo Pool are believed to be the home of water sprites that foster good relations with the ancestral spirits. The falls are reached via the R523 between Sibasa and the tea plantations.

Of interest also is Lwamondo Hill, on the R524 between Tshakuma and 5hayandima, where a troupe of sacred baboons have kept watch through the ages to warn the Lwamondo of approaching danger and intruders.

Archaeological sites include the Dzata Ruins and Museum of the Drum -site of the VhaVenda royal village,dating back to 1400 AD on the R523 between Thohoyando and Makhado, and Tshimbubfe where iron furnaces dating back to 1250 AD have been found. At Thulamela in the Kruger National Park, evidence has been found of gold smelting as early as 1300 AD.

Some of the natural attractions in the area include the 3 000- year-old Big Tree, the largest baobab in the country with a girth of 43 m found near the Sagole Spa and the scenic Nwanedi National Park which is well stocked with game and has a fine resort area around two dams. The Park is situated 75 km north of Thohoyandou on the R525. The Mphaphull Cycad Reserve on the Mutale Road near the Makonde Village, east of Thohoyandou is also worth visiting.

The Nzhelele Dam and Nature Reserve is reached by turning off from the R523 to Makhado. The Tshatshingo Potholes lie on the Thohoyandou / Mutale Road. Turn left to the potholes at Khubve Village.

The Sagole Spa and Village in the north of Venda, features a natural hot spring that attracts many visitors to the area. Tshikovha, a local herbalist and diviner of international repute, can be visited by arrangement.

At Tshakuma Village visitors get a unique look at the rich African culture, with Venda sculptures and crafts people plying their trade. Various traditional dancing groups uphold the traditional culture of the VhaVenda and TshiTsonga. To view the unique displays, make arrangements through the Soutpansberg Tourism and Marketing Association

SOUTPANSBERG TOURISM & MARKETING ASSOCIATION
Tel/Fax 27 15 516 0040
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