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Dining at the Maliba Lodge

The Maliba Lodge in Lesotho features an on-site restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The Lodge Bar is a perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy refreshing drinks.

Open fireplaces fill the restaurant at the Maliba Lodge with warmth and a comfortable atmosphere, setting the mood for perfect evenings.  The meals at the Maliba Lodge are expertly prepared to a high standard from fresh ingredients by talented chefs. The service is professional, catering to guests every need while not being obtrusive in any manner. Meals are either served in the restaurant or on request special meals can be served in the private chalets for intimate and memorable occasions. A fully stocked bar and the wine cellar are available for guests to order whatever they decide compliments the exquisite food.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Hiking
There are five wonderful walking trails in the immediate area around the Maliba Lodge in Lesotho which guests can follow using the maps provided or with a guide upon request.
 
  • The Waterfall Trail
  • The Circular Route
  • The Cave Trail
  • Lower Trail
  • Upper Trail
Basotho Horse Rides

In Lesotho, the horse is a source of pride and the Basotho are renowned as a nation of horsemen.  For generations, the sure-footed Basotho 'pony' has been bred as the ideal form of transport in the rugged mountains of Lesotho. Even today, the pony is still the most effective means of reaching the more inaccessible mountain villages.

Pony trekking holidays on the hardy Basotho ponies are very popular and provide a great way of exploring Lesotho’s beautiful landscape as the bridle paths that criss-cross Lesotho are barely wide enough for vehicles.  The ponies effortlessly pass obstacles and loose rocks.

Basotho Horse Rides are fun for all visitors, from young to old.  Guests staying  at the Maliba Mountain Lodge have the opportunity to go on a guided trek on the back of a traditional Bosotho horse by themselves or in a group.

Bird watching

From the Mountain Pippit to the majestic Bearded Vulture, this region of Lesotho is home to many different bird species and is therefore a great place for the avid birdwatcher.

The Ts’ehlanyane National Park, as well as Lesotho as a whole, features a vast cross section of beautiful flying fauna to admire and photograph.

Village & Community Visits

The best way to experience the Basotho way in Lesotho is to visit one of the local villages and schools to see the simple everyday life and culture of the Basotho people first hand.  The villages and their unique round thatched and stone roundavels provide great photo opportunities.

The real highlight of a village and community visit  in Lesotho is the warm and friendly people one meets  who are often dressed in traditional Basotho Blankets.  For guests staying at the Maliba Mountain Lodge it can be arranged to visit  the local Sagoma (witch doctor) or shebeen (local pub).

Four Wheel Driving

The Lesotho Highlands offer some of the most fantastic off road driving visitors  will encounter anywhere in Southern Africa.  Lesotho is full of beautiful mountain passes and deep river valleys with magnificent scenery .

The roads and passes themselves offer varying challenges that can test driver and vehicle alike. Most of the countries roads are little more than dirt tracks, however the road network  is slowly upgrading in line with the main roads.  Visitors are advised howeved to watch out for the weather , as Lesotho can cycle through all four seasons in a single day leaving conditions varied and in places difficult.

Different tracks available in Malibas vicinity:

  • Route A - Maliba to Moeling and Moahloli
  • Route B - Maliba to Sebaka, Khojane, and St Dom
  • Route C - Maliba to St Dennis
  • Route D - Maliba to Ha Pentsi
  • Route E - Maliba to Lentsoaneng, Ha Ntholi, and Sakaleholo
Visit to Clarens

Also referred to as the "Jewel of the Free State", the town of Clarens is located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains which is about a one hours drive away from the Maliba Mountain Lodge.  The spectacular views, the tranquil atmosphere, and the mild climate has drawn many artists to this region of South Africa and prompted many little art and craft galleries to pop up around the town.  Clarens is as picturesque as the surrounding countryside, with sandstone buildings, and the famed 'Clarens Castle'.

Visit to the Dinosaur Footprints

Lesotho is home to some of the most well preserved and maintained dinosaur artefacts in the world, attracting many archeologists and paleontologists from all over the world. There is even a dinosaur named after the country - the Leosthosaurus which was a small  lizard from the late Triassic -early Jurassic period.

Similar to the Liphofung caves, visiting the banks of the Subeng River in Lesotho gives an experience available to few locations throughout the world. Anyone can visit the area, very close to Butha Buthe at only ¾ of an hour away, where the fossilised footprints of several different dinosaur species can be observed. There is something special about walking along these river banks and following in the footsteps of these ancient creatures.

Bokong Nature Reserve

The beautiful Bokong Nature Reserve is one of the highest reserves in Africa. It nestles at the top of the Mafika-Lisiu Pass, leading to Katse Dam and reaches an altitude of 3090 meters above sea level.  Magnificent views can be enjoyed from here across the highlands. The Bokong Nature Reserve's highlight is the Lepaqoa Waterfall, which freezes in winter to form a column of ice.

The visitors centre at the Bokong Nature Reserve is perched on the edge of a 100 meter high cliff.  It was built with the aim of educating visitors to Lesotho about the ecology, geological and palaeontological history of the Lesotho Highlands. Visitors may see cattle posts (metebo) which are the ruins of interconnected cattle shelters and kraals for stock that were built from stone.

Katse Dam & Katse Botanical Gardens

One of the many highlights of Lesotho is a visit to Katse Dam.  Lesotho's Katse Dam is the centrepiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project which channels the water of the Lesotho Highlands via an incredible series of dams and tunnels through the mountains.  The water eventually comes out of the Ash River Outfall near the town of Clarens in South Africa’s Free State province where it gravity feeds to supply Johannesburg and Pretoria with water.

It was thought of as the greatest engineering project in the southern hemisphere in the 1990's when it was under construction. Nowadays the sight of the massive dam hemmed in by the mountain valley is well worth visiting.

For visitors, there is an information centre, which features a model of the whole project, showing all the constuction phases. You can also go on a tour of the dam wall which is arranged by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority Visitor Centre. The Katse Botanical Gardens is an added attraction.

Liphofung Caves

The Liphofung “place of the eland” cave forms an integral part in Lesotho's history. This is the smallest reserve at about 4 hectares. The cave is in fact a large sandstone overhang, which is a typical feature of the Lesotho lowlands region.

Originally used by the San and other Stone Age people, the walls contain important rock art and a rich archaeological deposit of Stone Age implements. Later, King Moshoeshoe “the Great” used the cave as a stopover when visiting this region of the Lesotho Kingdom.

This particular site lies in a tributary stream valley of the Hololo River just off the main route from Butha-Buthe to Oxbow and Mokhotlong. Access to it is by means of a newly constructed concrete road and is passable for all vehicles.  A small visitor centre incorporating a display of Basotho culture and San rock art has been established.  The site is a popular destination with school groups and tourists en route to Oxbow and AfriSki.

Afriski

Lesotho may not come to peoples' minds as the most obvious ski destination. Africa, is after all, famous for the Big Five and open savannahs, not snow capped mountains. However, as the only country in the world that lies completely above 1,000 meters and with more peaks per square kilometre than any other African country, Lesotho is indeed blessed with fantastic topography.  Lesotho sometimes gets snow even year round on the very highest peaks.

Skiing is now one of the main tourist attractions for Lesotho, seeing thousands of enthusiasts streaming in from surrounding South Africa. Lesotho has only recently started to develop its commercial skiing and snowboarding, even though the first ski club (Club Maluti) was founded as far back as 1968, when the first hut was built in the northern Lesotho highlands.

Tsehlanyane National Park
The Tsehlanyane National Park is only one of two national parks in Lesotho.  It makes up an intergral part of the greater Maloti/Drankensberg Transfrontier Park.  The Tsehlanyane National Park is located deep in the front range of the Maluti Mountains at the foot of the Holomo Pass and only about 45 minutes on a good road from the South African border post of Caledonspoort.  Caledonspoort is 15 minutes drive from the popular Freestate town of Clarens and about 4 hours from Johannesburg international airport.
 
The Tsehlanyane National Park can be reached by a good 32km-access road which leaves the main Lesotho A1 route, 5 km south west of Butha Buthe. The route passes through the village of Khabo's and parallels the Hlotse River along a very picturesque valley until it reaches the park entrance.
 
The beautiful Tsehlanyane National Park reaches an altitude ranging from 1940 to 3112 metres and is considered mostly sub-alpine. It owes its origin to the access road to the Hlotse tunnel as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This proclaimed protected pristine area lies at the junction of the Tsehlanyane and the Holomo rivers.
 
Over 5600 hectares of extremely rugged mountain terrain is protected within the Tsehlanyane National Park.  It includes one of the very few remaining indigenous woodlands in Lesotho. Some of the finest examples of Che-che, woodland are preserved at the heart of this area, with a number of rare undergrowth plants that are unique to this woodland habitat. On the banks of the rivers and streams are stands of berg bamboo which are of significant cultural significance to the Basotho people.
 
The Tsehlanyane reserve also encompasses a reasonable proportion of very rare mountain "fynbos" that do not occur anywhere else in the world and also recorded are in excess of 220 flowing plant species. The diversity of habitat types is exceptionally high and derived from the large altitudinal range that the park has.
 
There has been 24 small to medium sizes mammalian species recorded in the highlands area of Lesotho and these include the African wild cat, black-backed jackal, porcupine, caracal, grey rhebuck, baboon, striped pole cat and rock hyrax, ice rat, the clawless otter.  Rhere is evidence that leopard still occurs in a few refuge habitats. All of these species with the exception of the clawless otter, grey rhebuck and rock hyrax are considered to be endangered in the park area.
Swimming

A magnificent waterfall and a natural rock swimming pool is located at the Maliba Lodge.

Conferences & Events

Conference at the Maliba Lodge

Situated in the Tsehlanyane National Park in Northern Lesotho, the magnificent Maliba Lodge provides conference getaway packages to suit different budgets ranging from 10 to 36 delegates.  Delegates are well looked after and have the option to stay in luxurious 5-star accommodation or comfortable 3 star Riverside Chalets.  Corporate team building activities can also be arranged and special requests taken care of.
 
Conference packages include:

  •     A well-appointed conference room with setup
  •     Spacious areas for breakaway meetings or relaxation
  •     Notepads and pens for each delegate
  •     Tea breaks & snacks
  •     All meals expertly prepared by the executive chefs
  •     Accommodation

Different types of conference packages:

  •     Silver package includes continental and full breakfast as well as buffet lunch and dinner
  •     Gold package includes continental and full breakfast, three-course lunch and four-course dinner
  •     Platinum package includes continental and full breakfast, four-course lunch and five-course dinner with wine on one of the evenings. Platinum delegates can also enjoy cocktail drinks on the departure evening.
     

Services

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Babysitting
  • Butler service
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Children Policy
  • Children between the ages of 5 - 12 are charged a nightly accommodation fee. 

    Children of the age of 4 years and under can stay on a complimentary basis.  

    A maximum of two children can share a room with the parents.
     

Available Rooms

Mountain Chalet 6

# Rooms:
6

Guests staying at the five star Maliba Mountain Lodge in Lesotho have a choice of six private and luxurious Basotho-style mountain chalets. Each chalet at the Maliba Lodge is over 80m2 in size and is tastefully decorated in natural earthy tones.

Comfort and warmth are the main priorities which have been incorporated into the design of the chalets. The chalets feature under-floor heating, electric blankets, heated towel rails and wall panels which create a relaxing living atmosphere for guests during the cooler months of the year at the Maliba Mountain Lodge.

An open fireplace in each chalet makes for cozy and romantic evenings. A deep two person spa bath provides guests with breathtaking views as one relaxes and soaks up the tranquil surroundings of the Maliba Mountain Lodge. A king size extra length bed and mood lighting create the final comfort features which can be expected in luxury accommodation. A private viewing deck which can be found in the trees provide guests with a unique way to touch the heart of the Lesotho Mountains, losing oneself in the charm of the peaceful landscape.

The thatched Luxury Mountain Chalets at the Maliba Lodge provide the following facilities:

  •     Open fire place
  •     Private deck nestled in the tree tops
  •     Bathroom views
  •     Mood lighting
  •     Stocked bar fridges
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Electronic personal safes
  •     Central Fan
  •     King size beds in four rooms & two ¾ beds in each of the remaining two rooms
  •     Hair dryers
  •     Covered veranda
  •     Under floor heating and heat panels
  •     Electric blankets
  •     Same day laundry facility
  •     All rooms overlook the indigenous forest and the Maluti mountains
  •     TV
Single Room R3080
Double Room R4590

Mountain Chalet Double

# Rooms:
6

Guests staying at the five star Maliba Mountain Lodge in Lesotho have a choice of six private and luxurious Basotho-style mountain chalets. Each chalet at the Maliba Lodge is over 80m2 in size and is tastefully decorated in natural earthy tones.

Comfort and warmth are the main priorities which have been incorporated into the design of the chalets. The chalets feature under-floor heating, electric blankets, heated towel rails and wall panels which create a relaxing living atmosphere for guests during the cooler months of the year at the Maliba Mountain Lodge.

An open fireplace in each chalet makes for cozy and romantic evenings. A deep two person spa bath provides guests with breathtaking views as one relaxes and soaks up the tranquil surroundings of the Maliba Mountain Lodge. A king size extra length bed and mood lighting create the final comfort features which can be expected in luxury accommodation. A private viewing deck which can be found in the trees provide guests with a unique way to touch the heart of the Lesotho Mountains, losing oneself in the charm of the peaceful landscape.

The thatched Luxury Mountain Chalets at the Maliba Lodge provide the following facilities:

  •     Open fire place
  •     Private deck nestled in the tree tops
  •     Bathroom views
  •     Mood lighting
  •     Stocked bar fridges
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Electronic personal safes
  •     Central Fan
  •     King size beds in four rooms & two ¾ beds in each of the remaining two rooms
  •     Hair dryers
  •     Covered veranda
  •     Under floor heating and heat panels
  •     Electric blankets
  •     Same day laundry facility
  •     All rooms overlook the indigenous forest and the Maluti mountains
  •     TV
Single Room R3080
Double Room R4590

Mountain Chalet Twin

# Rooms:
6

Guests staying at the five star Maliba Mountain Lodge in Lesotho have a choice of six private and luxurious Basotho-style mountain chalets. Each chalet at the Maliba Lodge is over 80m2 in size and is tastefully decorated in natural earthy tones.

Comfort and warmth are the main priorities which have been incorporated into the design of the chalets. The chalets feature under-floor heating, electric blankets, heated towel rails and wall panels which create a relaxing living atmosphere for guests during the cooler months of the year at the Maliba Mountain Lodge.

An open fireplace in each chalet makes for cozy and romantic evenings. A deep two person spa bath provides guests with breathtaking views as one relaxes and soaks up the tranquil surroundings of the Maliba Mountain Lodge. A king size extra length bed and mood lighting create the final comfort features which can be expected in luxury accommodation. A private viewing deck which can be found in the trees provide guests with a unique way to touch the heart of the Lesotho Mountains, losing oneself in the charm of the peaceful landscape.

The thatched Luxury Mountain Chalets at the Maliba Lodge provide the following facilities:

  •     Open fire place
  •     Private deck nestled in the tree tops
  •     Bathroom views
  •     Mood lighting
  •     Stocked bar fridges
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Electronic personal safes
  •     Central Fan
  •     King size beds in four rooms & two ¾ beds in each of the remaining two rooms
  •     Hair dryers
  •     Covered veranda
  •     Under floor heating and heat panels
  •     Electric blankets
  •     Same day laundry facility
  •     All rooms overlook the indigenous forest and the Maluti mountains
  •     TV
Single Room R3080
Double Room R4590
 

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.914870

Longitude: 28.436666

Directions

The Maliba Lodge is situated within the Tsehlanyane National Park in Northern Lesotho and only 1 hour south from the popular Freestate town of Clarens.

Distances from Johannesburg 365km
Distances from Durban (via Bethlehem) 491km
Distances from Cape Town 1324km
Distances from Maseru (Lesotho capital) 160km

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star