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Staff Accounts of the fire Dwain and Daniel [Part2]

Maliba-Lodge-Fire-1I woke up to a popping sound, not sure what it was, I walked to my curtain thinking it was snow on the satellite dish.As I opened the curtain I saw the flames protruding from the roof towards the bar side, and instantly the sky light caved into the building. With shock I just started shouting, ran to wake my management team, Martin, Melany, Kevin to get the staff, following which I ran to room 6 and told them as calmly as I could to pack their things and move to the security gate. Read more

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Maliba Lodge – Rise from the Ashes [Part 3]

maliba staff painting after fireThe devastating fire at Maliba Lodge has had a positive spin-off for both the owners and the staff who are now excited about the future development of the luxury mountain destination.

Within a week of the rubble removal and leveling of the site, plans were set in motion to start with the construction of the conference centre project and finding a temporary solution for guests, who were booked into the lodge for months to come. Read more

Fire Press Release August 2013

The Ruins of Maliba Lodge in LesothoIt is with a heavy heart that we release this statement: The reception area of Maliba lodge was devastated by fire in the early hours on the 25/07/13, however, thankfully no one was injured. While the cause of the fire has not been established it is suspected that an electrical fault was to blame.

However, all 6 Mountain rooms and our River lodge remain safe and intact, and are fully operational. Our reservations team have been working hard to inform all of our guests. Read more

UNESCO adds Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park on World Heritage List

The 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) inscribed the Sehlabathebe National Park of Lesotho on the World Heritage List on Saturday.

It was the country’s first property that won a place at the prestigious World Heritage List.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the session, extended congratulations to Lesotho on the inscription of the mixed natural and cultural property of the Sehlabathebe National Park on the World Heritage List. Read more

New manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Makau Hali Khutsi

We are pleased to announce Makau Hali Khutsi has been appointed Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust.  Hali was born and raised in Butha Buthe, Lesotho. He earned his degree in Agriculture in 2009 at the Lesotho Agricultural College and taught Agriculture and Science at St. Denis High School in St. Denis, Leribe from 2009 until earlier this year.

Hali has a history of community service as a volunteer teaching food production in partnership with various Village Support Groups.  As an Agriculture teacher he was responsible for the design and execution of special projects in support of Hunger Alleviation.  These projects involved students and local farmers groups managing for production & sale: Eggs, Vegetables, Pigs, Rabbits and Grain. Read more

Jinny Blom’s Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Show Garden sponsored by B&Q

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If you follow horticulture, you know that the Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of all flower shows. Thousands make their trek each year, like Islam’s followers to Mecca. I am included in the hordes who flock to London each May to check out the fabulous garden displays. Read more

Hand Me Down April 2013

On the 26th of January 2013 our official involvement in the Hand Me Down project began. Clothing had been donated from far and wide and we had a mammoth task ahead of us sorting and repacking more than 100 bags of clothing into black bags to be distributed in Lesotho in April.

An entire day was spent doing the packing by 8 of us, needless to say after we had finished we were all a little pooped. Further donations on clothing have since been flowing in at a steady pace and we will have to have another packing day soon I am sure!

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Australian High Commissioner experiences a Kick4Life in Lesotho

On 10 April 2013, the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa with non-residential accreditation to Lesotho, HE Mr Graeme Wilson visited Kick4Life in Lesotho. AVI work in partnership with Kick4Life as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative.

Graeme Wilson DFAT HOM Official Portrait 13 December 2012On a two-day tour to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho before presenting his credentials to His Majesty King Letsie III, Mr Wilson met with local partner organisations and AVID volunteers. He was accompanied by his wife and the First Secretary.

In September 2012, Kick4Life, with the support of the AVID program, was awarded $10,000 in funding through AVI’s Community Grant Scheme for a training initiative. Funded through the support of the Planet Wheeler Foundation, Kick4Life received $10,000 to establish a restaurant and Orphans and Vulnerable Children catering training school. Read more

Maliba News Flash!

The new year has bought exciting new developments for Maliba Lodge and the team. The new projects are based around improving what Maliba and Lesotho has to offer for our guests.

Towards the end of the year, our massage therapists will be able to boast about a 2 bed spa facility tucked neatly in the Che Che trees and situated on one of our streams near the main lodge. Massage treatments can then be enjoyed from the room or at our spa. A variety of treatments will be added to ensure guests have a range of options for total relaxation in the mountains.  Read more

Prince Harry In Lesotho – A Right Royal Success

Prince Harry in Lesotho-1733103Prince Harry has pleased everyone this week with a highly successful trip to Lesotho as part of work for his charity Sentebale. Prince Harry worked alongside the younger brother of Lesotho’s King, Prince Seeiso as part of the charity which he setup in 2006 to commemorate both their deceased mothers. Sentebale means ‘forget me not’ in Sotho.

The two princes visited Kananelo Centre for the Deaf, in a rural setting outside the capital Maseru. It is one of just two schools for deaf children in the country. In a series of 1-storey huts, a group of Catholic nuns educate 85 students aged between five and 22. Prince Harry first visited in 2004 during his gap year, and from 2008, has provided 70% of the school’s running costs. Read more

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