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Venda Walking Holiday

4 Nights

Tour Highlights:

Immerse in local customs, scenic hiking & enchanting waterfalls
Explore Venda heritage, indulge in local delicacies, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance
Luxurious stay with cultural experiences.

Venda Walking Holiday

Journey Overview

Embark on a magical 5-day ethical Venda walking holiday, showcasing the timeless wonders of South Africa's Limpopo Province. This exhilarating journey invites you to explore the vibrant Venda culture and breathtaking natural beauty of Thohoyandou and Giyani.

Begin in picturesque Pilansberg, venturing to the heart of Venda, Thohoyandou, for a two-night stay. Discover the mystical Phiphidi Waterfall and embark on an unforgettable hike along the Pile & Chitadzumba Trail. Delve deep into local customs and marvel at the captivating landscapes.

The luxurious comforts of Giyani beckon for two nights of indulgence and cultural immersion. Meander through the enchanting Matsila Village, absorbing the essence of Venda heritage. Giyani's evenings enchant with scrumptious local delicacies and exhilarating traditional dance performances.

A seamless shuttle transfer carries you to OR Tambo Airport, concluding your extraordinary Venda experience. Embark on a celebration of culture, nature, and the warm spirit of South Africa, creating cherished memories to last a lifetime.

day 1

Ancient Giants and Timeless Beauty

  • Your Accommodation

    Embark on a picturesque shuttle journey from Pilanesberg to Thohoyandou. Stay at the luxurious Royal Hills Lodge & Spa, nestled in Limpopo Province. The lodge offers rooms and suites with comfort and style. Some options include private pools and balconies. Amenities such as air-conditioning, a coffee and tea station, a desk, minibar fridge, and DSTV ensure a soothing stay.

    Your home away from home:

    Royal Hills Lodge & Spa
    royalhills.co.za
    168 Freedom St, Thohoyandou
    Tel 066 270 2349

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    Kick off your adventure with a picturesque shuttle journey from Pilanesberg to Thohoyandou, the proud home of the world-renowned Sagole "Big Tree." This ancient baobab, standing tall at 22 meters and boasting a 9-meter circumference, is a whopping 1,200 years old. Explore the marvel of nature and witness the unique colony of rare mottled spinetails. Thohoyandou offers a blend of extraordinary sights and the luxurious embrace of Royal Hills Lodge & Spa.

  • Your Food

    Indulge in culinary artistry at the in-house restaurant, where a mix of continental and South African dishes is crafted from the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy a delightful dining experience with a choice between a diverse buffet and à la carte options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of the region.

day 2
Pile & Chitadzumba Trail

Nature Trek through Untamed Landscapes

  • Your Accommodation

    After a day of exploration, you'll head back to Royal Hills to unwind and relax, capping off another splendid day in comfort and tranquility. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lodge, reflecting on the day's exciting trail adventure.

    Your home away from home:

    Royal Hills Lodge & Spa
    royalhills.co.za
    168 Freedom St, Thohoyandou
    Tel 066 270 2349

  • Your Travel Time

    10km guided adventure

  • Your Activities

    Get ready to hit the Pile & Chitadzumba Trail for a 10 km guided adventure that's a delightful blend of green canopies and untamed landscapes. This trail promises an exhilarating challenge paired with stunning natural scenery. As you journey along, soak in the awe-inspiring views of rolling mountains, lush valleys, and serene waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for some of nature's most incredible residents, like the stealthy African wild dog, the noble black rhino, and the elegant blue crane. This trek is a testament to the deep connection the Venda people have with their environment, a theme that's intricately intertwined with their daily lives and traditions.

  • Your Food

    Don't worry about keeping your energy up – a hearty lunch and tasty snacks will be provided along the way.

day 3

Waterfall Hike: A Venda Cultural Experience

  • Your Accommodation

    Post-hike, you'll be welcomed at The Farm Boutique Guest House in Giyani, an oasis of sophistication and comfort. Here, eleven exquisitely decorated rooms await, each with its own en-suite bathroom, providing a blend of luxury and privacy. The guest house is thoughtfully arranged with snug lounges and dining areas, ideal for relaxation or socializing with other guests.

    Your home away from home:

    The Farm Boutique Guest House
    thefarmgroup.co.za
    Stand No 56, Matsila
    Tel 064 518 1840

  • Your Travel Time

    15 km guided hike

  • Your Activities

    On Day 3, you'll be captivated by the tranquil Phiphidi Waterfall, a site revered in Venda culture. Embark on a 15 km guided hike that weaves through varied landscapes, including rocky paths and verdant forest trails. This region isn't just a feast for the eyes; it's also an artistic hub for local Venda creatives, known for their distinctive woodwork, drums, and textiles. Evenings at the guest house are just as enchanting, with its inviting bar and beer garden. Here, you can relax with a choice of beverages and light snacks, often accompanied by the ambient backdrop of live music or sports broadcasts, rounding off your day in a truly memorable way.

  • Your Food

    Dining at The Farm Boutique Guest House is an adventure in itself, blending African and European flavours with a special Swiss flair. The restaurant's a la carte menu is a parade of culinary delights, featuring mouth-watering dishes like succulent lamb shank, crispy chicken schnitzel, tender beef fillet, grilled fish, and a selection of scrumptious pastas. For a sweet interlude, the coffee shop at the guest house offers homemade cakes and pastries, accompanied by a variety of hot and cold drinks, perfect for a leisurely afternoon treat.

days 4 - 5
Matsila Village

Cultural Odyssey: Matsila Village Marvels

  • Your Accommodation

    Your day concludes with another night at The Farm Boutique Guest House in Giyani, where you can indulge in their exceptional cuisine and the comfort of their well-appointed accommodations.

    Your home away from home:

    The Farm Boutique Guest House
    thefarmgroup.co.za
    Stand No 56, Matsila
    Tel 064 518 1840

  • Your Travel Time

    15 km guided stroll

  • Your Activities

    Day 4 brings a delightful 15 km guided stroll through the colourful and lively Matsila Village. Dive into the heart of the Venda culture, where the local community shines in their expertise in wood carving, drum making, and textile weaving. These aren't just crafts – they're treasured practices that keep their ancestral stories and cultural heritage vibrantly alive. As you stroll through the village, the path will take you across quaint village lanes and expansive fields, where you might spot a variety of farm animals, including the impressive Ankole cattle.

    On Day 5, your Ethical Venda Walking Holiday gently winds down as you board the shuttle from The Farm Boutique Guesthouse to OR Tambo Airport. This marks the closing chapter of your unforgettable expedition through the vibrant heart of Limpopo.

    Safe travels!

  • Your Food

    The evening promises a cultural feast, complete with local dishes and traditional dancers, giving you a deeper understanding of the local way of life.

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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