Experiential Tourism – What’s available in the area
Nahakwe Lodge is ideally situated for adventure travelers who want to explore Limpopo Province. International travelers who want to experience the real life of the communities around Nahakwe Lodge can arrange a variety of activities
- The local Mamaila Bar Lounge is host to one of the biggest out-door moruba boards in use in Limpopo. Guests wanting to learn to play this mancala-type game can ask the Lodge to arrange a friendly local expert to coach them.
- For those who are interested in sewing, Mamaila shops and sewing co-operative offer a remarkable opportunity to learn the techniques and colour-matches that make the traditional attire of the Sepedi, Bolubedu and Tsonga so famous. Hands-on lessons can be arranged, and shopping expeditions to purchase a range of local fabric become part of the experience.
- Travellers who want to experience worship with the local community can arrange to be welcomed to services of churches that follow various Christian traditions, as well as both the Zionist and African Spiritual faiths.
- Old traditions around dance, beadwork and cooking of speciality foods are all practiced in the local area. Nahakwe Lodge can arrange for guests to participate and learn from the community experts.
Wider Area attractions
Nahakwe Lodge is an excellent base for guests wanting to explore Limpopo.
- Crafters and artists on the Ribola Art route are 30 minutes away. Meet and engage with artists of the calibre of Thomas Kubayi, the Twananani Co-Operative & Mukumbani Pottery Co-operative. For guests who don’t have the time to visit artists at their homes/studios, the Nahakwe Lodge craft shop has a fascinating range of local art and craft available for sale.
- Join Thomas Kubayi for a full day workshop in traditional carving techniques – 45 minutes from the Lodge. This world-renowned wood carver is generous with his knowledge and will teach even those who start with no carving skills.
- Explore the world-famous Modjadji Cycad Reserve, 80kms from the Lodge. Popularly known as the ‘Garden of the Rain Queen’ the Modjadji Cycad reserve is home to a unique range of indigenous cycads, some as tall as 13 metres. A network of paths through the cycad forest offers the visitor an extraordinary opportunity to see both the cycads, as well as excellent birdlife.
- Visit Soutini, (130kms from Nahakwe) on the banks of the Klein Letaba River where the local Tsonga women harvest salt from an undisturbed geo-thermal hotspring. Using techniques that date back over 2000 years visitors can also arrange to meet with the salt harvesters, and learn the basics of their techniques.
- For those looking for adrenalin-pumping activities, Nahakwe is 100kms from the Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours, and a range of other outdoor adventures in Magoebaskloof.