2013 has started with a bang! Hand me Down, an SA Adventure initiative has now got 55 active collection stations and the amount of donations we have received this year has increased massively! As Hand me Down grows, so do the costs and as such we realised the need to have frequent fund raisers for this worthy cause! Read more
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Prince Harry is making a return trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho where he has long-standing personal charity interests.
Seven years ago the prince helped set up a charity to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids, working with the brother of Lesotho’s king.
Prince Harry will visit two local projects on Wednesday.
He will first go to a centre for the deaf near the capital Maseru then to a school for visually impaired children. Read more
Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa, so making a visit to the fabled mountain kingdom was a big priority of mine when I knew I’d be nearby. The only question was how. Many options for visiting Lesotho exist, but several of them are logistically challenging.
I could’ve traveled via the Sani Pass in South Africa’s southern Drakensberg region. This would’ve allowed me to enjoy a cocktail at the Sani Chalet, which is arguably one of the World’s Best Bars, at thousands of meters above sea level. The problem? Getting to the southern Drakensberg is difficult for backpackers, and Sani Pass treks are very expensive. Read more
Two of southern Africa’s threatened vulture species are on a collision course with a controversial wind farming project in Lesotho that threatens to wipe them out.
PowerNET Developments is planning to build the Letšeng wind farm on the north-eastern escarpment of the Drakensberg in Lesotho largely to increase power generation and distribution in the small mountain kingdom. But bird experts are worried that the proposed wind farm is located within critical habitat for the globally significant populations of the already-declining Bearded Vulture and Cape Vulture populations, which are “collision-prone” birds. Read more
The Maliba Team is very excited to announce the opening of our Maliba Bana Club! ‘Bana’ meaning children in Sotho, is a club aimed at providing a fun filled day in the Maluti mountains for our children at Maliba.
It was good to see that there was fodder and feed available at some of the pounds and police posts. Some places didn’t have feed, nor any water. Some of the horses had improved in condition, some had deteriorated, and some died. Solly and Samson spent a lot of time at Leribe, where four of the five police horses were lame. They work in rocky, mountainous areas, and ideally need shoeing. Thank goodness our staff have benefited from the World Horse Welfare courses in farriery, and were able to help. Read more
An environmental impact report on the future of the Sani Pass is to be handed to the government shortly amid complaints that a proposed tarred road would destroy the sense of adventure for tourists visiting one of the KwaZulu-Natal’s most scenic mountain passes.
The proposed upgrade involves building a new 19km tarred or concrete road to replace the winding gravel road to the summit of the Sani Pass in the southern Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg.
A final environmental impact assessment (EIA) report by Gibb consultants, sent to stakeholders last week, suggests there are no fatal flaws to the proposal and recommends that it be approved by the national Department of Environmental Affairs. Read more
This week Maliba Mountain Lodge beat off quality international competition and was awarded the World Luxury Hotel Award “for outstanding achievement in service delivery over the past year voted for by your guests and industry consultants in the recent voting poll.”
After months of voting polls, Maliba was officially named “Luxury Mountain Resort in Africa” at the glitzy 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.
The world’s most sought after hotels, lodges, resorts and private islands were vying for recognition. The Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort in Thailand last year picked up the award as the global winner in the mountain category while Africa featured in many top awards with Chitwa Chitwa in Botswana and Stanley Safari Lodge in Zambia, winning in their categories for Best Luxury Bush Lodge.
Hotels and resorts were nominated by guests, tour operators and independent travel consultants and voting was based on facilities and service excellence. Situated deep in the north of Lesotho’s breathtaking Maluti/Drakensburg Mountains, the five-star Maliba Mountain Lodge and three-star River Lodge offer a tranquil retreat set in a pristine national park.
Guests have the unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape from horseback, hiking along the various mountain trails, visiting the cultural village or enjoying a massage from the private deck. Maliba also places huge emphasis on community development and welfare and has been shortlisted in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2012.