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There are many festivals and events that take place in Lesotho and the surrounding Maloti Route areas.

Lesotho Ultra Trail 2016

Lesotho Ultra Trail 2016

The Maluti Mountains

The Lesotho Ultra Trail (LUT) is Africa’s First Ultra Sky marathon which takes place in the heart of the Maluti Mountains. The Lesotho Highlands consists of some the best terrain in the world for high altitude running, this is why competitors from all over the world flock to participate in this annual event. As the years go by, the race is growing in popularity and this year’s LUT event is promised to bigger and better than ever. 

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The Lesotho Highlands makes the best terrain for Ultra sky marathons

What is an Ultra Sky marathon?

Ultra Sky marathon races are within a minimum of 2000 meters total elevation gain and between approximately 30 kilometres to 42 kilometres in distance. The course may be over paths, trails or rock and has a limit of approximately 15 percent on paved or tarred surfaces and may reach or exceed around roughly 3500 meters. This type of marathon tests an individual’s strength and agility whilst proving to be simultaneously enjoyable.

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A contestant participating in an Ultra sky marathon

Maliba Lodge’s connection with LUT

Maliba Lodge is the host for this exhilarating event. Seeing that the Lodge is situated in the mountainous Ts’ehlanyane National Park, makes it the perfect landscape to host LUT. This year will be the fourth consecutive year that Maliba Lodge successfully hosts this renowned event. Contestants get to experience the picturesque beauty of the Mountain Kingdom at Maliba Lodge whilst participating in a race they are passionate about.

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Maliba Lodge has hosted the LUT for 4 consecutive years
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Participants eagerly leave the starting point to begin the race

LUT 2015 winner

Last year’s winner Lucky Miya said “I love the physical challenge of sky-running, especially technical trails with long steep climbs on mountains above 2000 meters. Having the opportunity of testing the body against extreme conditions is always an overwhelming experience. I feel proud and humbled by the concept of sky running,” Miya will be back to run this year’s LUT in the hopes to become victor once again and maintain his winning championship.

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Lucky Miya, the winner of LUT 2015
10 Great Places To Propose In South Africa

10 Great Places To Propose In South Africa

10 Great Places To Propose In South Africa

So you’ve found the one you’d like to walk into the sunset with, and have fallen head over heels in love ……but you don’t know any really good places to pop the question (South Africa; 2015)

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Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of the ten best places to propose in South Africa (South Africa; 2015).

 

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Ultra SkyMarathon® continues to move steadily onto the world stage

Ultra SkyMarathon® continues to move steadily onto the world stage

As entries for the 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail continue to pour in from around the world, including Spain, Belgium, Austria, England, North America and Australia, as well as continued local interest from aspirant skyrunners in Southern Africa, the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) has announced that Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon® will be recognised as one of their official World Ranking ultra races for 2014. Being one of only thirty six top global events in this category, as well as one of only two events selected from the African continent, the Lesotho Ultra Trail heads into only its second year with already some big shoes to fill.

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The Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 – from the Race Director

The Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 – from the Race Director

At the end of the day a race director knows more about how their event rolls out than anybody else, that is the way it should be. So much happened at the Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 that no one person there will know everything, not even the Race Director Andrew Booth who has penned his thoughts here.

A count down from 10 and 92 runners set-off on a 50km course layed out in Northern Lesotho’s Tsehlanyane National Park. With 2500m of climbing and sanctioning by the International Skyrunning Federation and South African Skyrunning Association, it was Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon. Months of work was being put to the test, the next 12 hours would determine success, failure or mediocrity.

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Inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail takes African running to new heights

Inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail takes African running to new heights

Lesotho Ultra Trial LogoRunners from all over South Africa, as well as an international contingent from Belgium, Australia, Spain, North America, Britain and Canada, descended upon Maliba Mountain Lodge in the heart of the Maluti Mountains on Friday 29th November to participate in the Lesotho Ultra Trail – Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon®

Stormy weather in the days preceding the race kept organisers KZN Trail Running and Maliba Mountain Lodge staff on their toes as final preparations were made.

“The mountains are unpredictable as was the build up to race day,” commented race director Andrew Booth of KZN Trail Running. “We had to work around the afternoon thunderstorms when marking and do as much as we could in advance to ensure we were ready for crunch time. Having some of the elite athletes at Maliba days before the race added immensely to the vibe. We knew what we where working for, the event had huge potential and we had to pull it off.”

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