On the spur of the moment we decided to start our year off somewhere beautiful and not sorting our house out at home as we had originally intended. A few Internet searches led us to the Maliba Lodge Website and we were sold. Seeing as this was a treat we decided to treat ourselves the whole way and book into the Mountain Lodge, even though the River Lodge looked as appealing.
A very pretty drive through the Free State and Lesotho brought us to Maliba, and three days of rejuvenating bliss. Even the rainy weather was perfect and we spent our first afternoon on loungers on or deck, wrapped up in blankets, listening to the rain and watching the sky change patterns as the clouds moved over and around the mountains, always giving us a new sneak preview into what might lie beyond the drizzle.
On our second day we took a chance gap in the drizzle to walk to the Black Pools. Along the way we stopped to marvel at many things that captivated and delighted us along the way, including the small wild flowers and orchids in abundance. We enjoyed our lunch at Black pools in some glorious watery sunlight, risked a quick swim that ended with the rain coming down again. Walking back in the rain was fun, made even nicer with the knowledge that at the end of our rainy walk a cosy room and warm bath awaited us.
Three days at Maliba was all it took to restore us completely and prepare us for a year ahead that is going to be filled with sufficient challenges. We will definitely be back .
Story and Photo by Ann Simmonds
A big thank you to Ann for sending us this image. Ann has won herself a Maliba Mountain Lodge peak cap which we will be sending to her shortly.