Duration 2 Nights tours
Distance 5  h 32 min ( 510,4 km ) via N1
Availability Once a week
Pick-up Time 08:00 am
Tour Basis From 10 – 65 years , No Major Injury Concerns
Meals Included Yes Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Drinks on road Yes soft drink no alcohol

 

Number of People
Price
1
R 9 200
2 R13 282
3 R 17 365
4 R21 447
5 R 25 530
6 R29 612
7
R38 812
8 R 42 895
9 R46 977
10 R 51 060
11 R55 142
12 R 59 225

 

TIME

PLACE

DESCRIPTION

09:00

HOTEL / OR TAMBO AIRPORT

Our drivers will have the name & number of the travellers,

The drivers are to make sure that by the said time all pax are seated in the vehicle.

Soft drink will be served in the vehicle, our tour guide will then begin with guides, please feel free to ask any question.

00:00

ENTRANCE FEES

Please note that entrance fee is included on the tours.

00:00

REGISTER FOR TOURS

They can be a need to jump off the vehicle while we are registering for walk or drive tours, where we park is closer to the toilet and we will give 5 minutes for every travellers to visit the toilets. 

It is important to contain our togetherness and not be out of the group because we need all of us to be in control so as to keep time to all the places we deemed to visit , Please note that the rules & regulation are to be adhered to at all the time . if need be there will be protective clothes provided before embarking on the journey .

Please not that this is a 5 hrs. drive and in between we will have breakfast above the freeway and Lunch will be at Polokwane , just outside Polokwane we stop by Tropic of Capricorn , from there we heading to our accommodation place

 00:00

 

 Tropic of Capricorn

 

 

 

 

Mukondeni Pottery Village

 

 

 

 

 

The Tropic of Capricorn (or the Southern Tropic) is the circle of latitude that contains the subsolar point on the December (or southern) solstice. It is thus the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be directly overhead. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer.

The Tropic of Capricorn is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark mapsof the Earth. As of 28 March 2016, its latitude is 23°26′13.8″ (or 23.43718°) [1]south of the equator, but it is very gradually moving northward, currently at the rate of 0.47 arcseconds, or 15 metres, per year.[2]

Mukondeni Pottery Village was founded by Sarah Munyai, who started the art of pottery at the young age of 12. Today, Mukondeni Village has transformed into a place synonymous with pottery making.

The clay pots, which are based on traditional paintings of Venda and Tsonga people, are sold to tourists, businesses and locals alike. Drop by to browse the myriad of beautifully made pottery items made by this incredible initiative.

Lake Fundudzi in Limpopo province was originally formed by a landslide, say scientists. But the local people see it in a far more mysterious way. They'll point out that three rivers flow into the lake, yet it never overflows. It is a place full of import to the Venda people who live here − the Vhatatsindi, or People of the Pool.

Lake Fundudzi is defended by a Venda python god who lives in the mountain on a rock. The ancestral spirits who inhabit the lake are said to be guarded by a white crocodile. The fullness of the lake and its colour indicate the mood of the ancestors, and predicts the coming rainy season.

When any object is thrown into the lake, locals say the spirits will catch it and throw it back out onto the bank to be discovered the next morning. And people from the area say the lake's water has healing properties.

The People of the Pool have been part of Lake Fundudzi's conservation since their ancestors migrated here centuries ago. For decades, Chief Ntsandeni Netshiavha, his father, and grandfather before him, were the only people who could give permission to strangers to approach.

Lake Fundudzi tourism has been slow in developing but new roads make access to the lake far easier now. But to truly appreciate its importance, stay with local people and listen to their stories.

And they will truly appreciate it if you show the proper respect by doing the requisite greeting when you first see the lake. Turn your back to it, and bend down to look at it upside down through spread legs, a salute known as the ukodola.

Then please the gods of the lake further by walking down and throwing a few of your hairs into the lapping wavelets. The Venda will love you for it.

TRAVEL TIPS & PLANNING INFO

HOW TO GET HERE

 We will head towards the towns of Makhado or Elim in Limpopo.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The climate here is mostly sub-tropical, so it's hot in summer and pleasant in winter.

AROUND THE AREA

The Thathe Vondo forest is well worth exploring, but be respectful around the graves of Venda chieftains. From here you can also explore the legendary Ribolla Art Route, encountering Venda sculptors, potters and culture.

GET AROUND

These days you can simply drive towards the lake and see it from the road, making it something of an anticlimax. Our tour  guide will be feeding you with well informed information with regard to the tours,

LENGTH OF STAY

The longer you stay, the richer your experiences will be. Plan on at least a day.

WHAT TO PACK

It would be considered the height of rudeness to swim in the lake without permission, so don't bring your swimsuit here. But do bring along your binoculars and camera, a hat and sunscreen (even in winter) and a jacket for winter evenings.

WHAT TO EAT

Try the Venda staple of yellow maize porridge with pumpkin leaf relish.

BEST BUYS

You could buy wooden sculptures straight from the sculptors themselves − many are world famous.

Emailinfo@matodzitours.co.za | ronnie@matodzitours.co.za | Phone: +27 11 023 2289 | Mobile: +27 72 268 4944