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In & Around the Lodge

Maliba Lodge offers many activities for those who need more than just a relaxing stay in luxury. We have a general Points of Interest map available for download here, as well as information regarding specific activities below.


Hiking

There are at least 5 walking tracks in the immediate area around Maliba which you can follow using the maps provided below, or with a guide upon request.

Download all documents in a single .zip file here


Horse Riding

The horse is a source of pride in Lesotho 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. 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 immensely popular and a fantastic way of exploring Lesotho’s beautiful rugged terrain as the bridle paths that criss-cross Lesotho are barely wide enough for vehicles but the ponies effortlessly dodge obstacles and loose rocks.

Basotho Horse Rides are fun for everyone young and old. Go on a guided trek on the back of a traditional Bosotho horse by yourself or in a group.

Check out the pricing guide below to get all the information you need to entertain yourself and the kids for a time filling activity (1-3 hours) all the way up to a full day trek (approx 5-7 hours).

Ride Time Group Size
1 Pax 2-4 Pax 5-8 Pax
Short Ride 1-3 Hrs R 320 R 250 R 210
Medium 3-5 Hrs R 420 R 320 R 260
All Day All Day R 470 R 370 R 320

Swimming

The park has 4 major rivers and numerous waterfalls (some of which even freeze over in winter), rock pools, swimming holes. A nearby valley known as the Valley Of The Pools has over 16 deep swimming holes, over a 5km stretch. A spectacular tripple waterfall known as Lesaloto is also only a 4 hour return hike from the lodge.

The parks numerous swimming holes, rapids and rivers all contain pristine clear water. Maliba has its own private natural swimming hole which is less than 50 meters from the chalets, and is in a private natural setting with lounges, umberellas and towels.


Four Wheel Driving

The Lesotho Highlands offer some of the most fantastic off road driving you will encounter anywhere in Southern Africa. It is full of beautiful mountain passes (No less than nine) and deep river valleys with tremendous scenery were ever you look. They don’t call it the roof of Africa for nothing!

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 (such as it is) is slowly upgrading in line with the main roads.

Watch out for the weather though, as Lesotho can cycle through all four seasons in a single day leaving conditions varied and in places difficult. So whether you are in 4 wheels or just 2, the mountain Kingdom has a challenge for you that you will find both inspiring and rewarding at the end of the day.

Your weekend warriors, your hardcore 4WDers, and everyone in between will find suitably challenging routes not only in Lesotho as a whole, but also in the immediate vicinity of Ts’ehlanyane National Park.

The PDFs listed below provide guides to the different tracks available in Malibas vicinity.

  • Route Overviews
  • Route A – Maliba to Moeling[Cyan] and Moahloli [Pink]
  • Route B – Maliba to Sebaka [Green], Khojane [Red], and St Dom [Blue]
  • Route C – Maliba to St Dennis [Yellow]
  • Route D – Maliba to Ha Pentsi [Pink]
  • Route E – Maliba to Lentsoaneng [Blue], Ha Ntholi [Red], and Sakaleholo [Green]
  • Route Entry Pictures – Provides photographs of the entry point for each track.

Download all documents in a single .zip file here.


Bird Watching

From the Mountain Pippit to the majestic Bearded Vulture, there is plenty for the avid birdwatcher to see during their stay at Maliba. Ts’ehlanyane National Park, as well as Lesotho as a whole has a huge cross section of beautiful flying fauna to admire and photograph.

Birdlist.org has as close to a complete database on the subject that you will find anywhere online, while we also have available a list of species that are specific to Ts’ehlanyane in PDF format here.


Village and Community Visits

The best way to experience the Basotho way is to visit one of our local vilages or schools and see the simple everyday life and culture of the Basotho people first hand.

The villages and their round thatched and stone roundavels make fantastic photo opportunities, but the real highlight of the visit is the warm and friendly people you will meet, often dressed in traditional Basotho Blankets. This is real life, and not a staged cultural village.

We can even arrange a visit to the local Sagoma (witch doctor) or shebeen (local pub).

Download Village Tours pdf format here.

 
 

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