Price from R620 pnpps
Capacity: 10 beds / 5 units.
Nestled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, Fundudzi Cultural Camp is in the heart of traditional Venda territory. Just above the village of Mukumbani, this is an ideal place from which to explore a region famed for its sacred places and traditional Venda arts and crafts.
Visitors to Fundudzi have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a beautiful environment. In a hugely fertile valley with modern tea plantations, the real gems are the natural areas with forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The area is well populated with rural villages, and tourists will be spoilt for choice visiting crafters, manufacturers of Minwenda (traditional Venda clothing), Malungu (traditional beads) and Makunda (traditional bangles). Interested in truly local art? Many artists, potters and crafters work in the area.
For those wanting a closer understanding of some of the local rituals, a demonstration of the Domba Dance (python dance) can be pre-arranged for evening entertainment at Fundudzi.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Full-service Inclusions: Accommodation with linen & towels, all meals, 2 activities Self-catering Inclusions: Accommodation, self-catering facilities with gas cooker, fridge & freezer, cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery; a few LED solar lights in rooms and USB-solar charging facilities. Self-catering Exclusions: Meals, Activities. Linen: Linen, including towels, is available and included in the rates at all the camps. Excluded: Wood for braais.
Please note: optional meals or activities must be pre-ordered & paid when booking accommodation. We do not carry any stock of alcohol, soft drinks or bottled water in the camps, and guests are advised to bring their own. Should this not be suitable, please advise us at the time of booking and we will quote for your specific requirements.
Children & Activity Rates
Children under 12: 50% of the adult rate Activity rates: Guided walk through local area to places of interest: R155 per person
1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018
(Single Supplement: 30%)
Fully catered & two activities: R1,430 per person, per night sharing
Self-catering: R620 per person, per night sharing, including linen
Things to do on foot
With its setting at the base of the Soupansberg Mountain, just below tea plantations and forests, there are many long and beautiful hikes around Fundudzi, which the guides would be happy to show you. Lone exploration is as always encouraged though. Beyond the plantations, there is the indigenous Sacred Forest and Lake Fundudzi and the views are spectacular. If you’re in for some fast pace action, there is anything from a quick run to marathon lengths of track to string together.
Things to do on wheels
Bike riding opportunities are incredible at Fundudzi, however you’d better be ready to climb, as it’s quite hilly. There are plenty of places we recommend you visit, specifically the dam and the Sacred Forest. Speak to the guides and you’ll get a very memorable ride.
Although the route to the Holy Forest is not a technical 4×4 trail, you’ll find more than enough sections of road on which to have fun with your off-roader. River crossings, off-camber forestry tracks, cattle trails and serious mud in winter may necessitate low-range capability and driver reflexes.
There is excellent birding available, with the Pink-throated twinspot, Cape Battis, Lanner Falcon, Jackal Buzzard and Red-eyed pigeon among the birds visible at Fundudzi.
Fundudzi Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Linen is provided as part of the tariff. Ablutions are en-suite, with flush toilets, shower and basin. A stand-alone communal bathroom is also available. Solar provides energy for lights & hot water, and USB and 12V (cigarette lighter-style) charging for phones etc.
The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travelers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travelers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery & cutlery are also supplied. Catering by local villagers can be arranged – please pre-order when booking.
There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night.
If self-catering, don’t forget to bring firewood. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water.
Directions from Makhado/Louis Trichardt & Thohoyando
Drive north on the N1 to Makhado/Louis Trichardt. From here take the R524 to Thohoyandou. At the big traffic circle (S22*59.041’ E30*27.427’) turn left onto the R532. After 5 km, just past the Caltax garage, turn left staying on the R532 (S22*56.928’ E30*28.197’). After 9.1 km turn right on Road D3681, direction Gondeni and Donald Frazer Hospital (S22*57.023’ E30*23.487’). After 10 km turn left at the signpost for Mukumbani (S22*53.782’ E30*27.142’). Follow the road for 3.3 km before it becomes a gravel road (S22*53.957’ E30*25.571’). Follow the road for 1.3 km and keep right (S22*53.729’ E30*25.017’). Follow the road and signposts for another 1.3 km before reaching the camp (S22*53.668’ E30*24.273’) On the way you will drive past the stone walls of the Royal kraal and a water reservoir. Park in the open area behind the big Fundudzi sign (left of the road) and take the steps up to the camp.
The total distance from Thohoyando is 25 km and takes 30 minutes to drive. Watch out for pedestrians and livestock on the road. The last 3 km to camp is on a dirt road and is difficult to negotiate with a sedan vehicle, especially during/after rains.