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Maliba Mountain Lodge attended its very first Australian Holiday and Travel show, which is one of the biggest travel shows in Melbourne. This travel show was hosted at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens and is one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition Pavilions with a great Victorian interior.
The most common feedback we receive from our guests is that ‘our photos don’t do the lodge justice!. I have that exact same thought every time I stand on the Lodge’s balcony and gaze out over the mountains! How could we possibly convey the grandeur of the setting on our website?
Thanks to Andrew Martens from RC Helicam we have come a long way to achieving just that. We now have the most spectacular images and aerial virtual tours that allow viewers to not only interact with the videos but explore the Lodge from virtually anywhere they choose.
Andrew, with his remote controlled helicopter and camera equipment arrived at the lodge, stayed only one night and captured both the lodge and mountains with a series of 16 high definition panoramas. Read more
You know that in May 2011 we reported something regarding the government of Lesotho planning the construction of the world’s first Ski Trac in the highlands of Lesotho as part of an initiative to increase tourism in the country.
What is a Ski Trac?
A Ski Trac is a giant indoor revolving slope that will allow skiers the potential for an endless ski run, within a massive climatically controlled dome. Read more
Maliba Lodge is excited to report that an African Wildcat was recently caught on camera within the Ts’ehlanyane National Park in Lesotho. This is an incredibly rare sighting and was made possible by the motion triggered camera that is sighted at our Vulture restaurant.
The African Wildcat (Felis silvestris libyca) is also known as the Desert Cat, African Desert Cat or simply Wildcat. In Afrikaans (South Africa) vaalboskat means grey bush cat.
As a species, the wildcat is divided into many regional subspecies and their number and classification varies depending on which school of thought is followed. The distribution in its various coloured forms extends across most parts of the African continent with the exclusion of the true desert areas around the Sahara and the central African rain forests belt. The species also extends up to the Arabian Peninsula, where it can be found in most coastal regions away from the dessert heartland. They are native to Southern Africa, in countries such as Botswana, but can be found to the east and the west as well. Read more
Vultures have in the past been seen as vermin which have spread disease and killed livestock and have been ruthlessly wiped out as a result. Their numbers have been further reduced by a dwindling habitat and demands of the traditional medicine trade. But vultures form a vital link in the food web of any ecosystem and need to be protected. Maliba Trust, with the help of KZN Wildlife, Endangered Wildlife Trust and the community, have started a vulture restaurant in our park. (A vulture restaurant is an open place where dead carcasses of domestic and/or wild mammals are placed with the intention of providing a food source for vultures). This assists in the protection, monitoring and conservation of vultures or, more specifically the Bearded Vulture. It will form a source for eco-tourism and education, not only allowing the community to observe and learn about these birds but also in providing a valuable attraction for birders and photographers.
Maliba Lodge opens its new Riverside Rondavels!
For a truly traditional Basotho experience, Maliba has launched their new Riverside huts, situated on the river, with natural rock pool and large boma area.
It has been an exciting time for Maliba as we have watched both the Mountain and River lodges become more and more popular, resulting in full occupancy over the last few months.
These rondavels, which were originally staff accommodation were renovated in time for the festive season of 2011. These cosy stone and thatch huts are beautifully constructed in the traditional Basotho style. Read more
There are 3 things Lesotho is not short of, Water, Rocks and Mountains. Mix all these together and you have a recipe for some stunning scenic 4×4 trails. Ford Motor Company South Africa recently decided to put the All New Ford Ranger through its paces in the mountain kingdom.
“Everything about the new Ranger is new, says Ford, after 30’000 computer models and a million kilometers of extreme-climate testing in 15 countries, including Lesotho, with its unique combination of altitude, heat and dust.”
- Lesotho is a land of contrasts
- High unemployment
- Many people live on less than a $1 a day
- More than 30% of the Adult population has HIV
- A lack of development and natural resource’s
And yet it is a country with a unique beauty unlike any other!
- Pristine natural environment
- unpolluted mountains and streams
- Friendly Basotho people who enjoy a simple subsistence living
- Wide open spaces and a complete absence of over development
The Blanketwrap is excited to announce the winner of it’s first photo contest. The contest’s theme was, “Lesotho” and there is no denying that there is no end to the amount of photographic opportunities available in the mountain Kingdom.
Before we announce the winners, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our facebook fans who had the mighty task of picking the overall winner of the 2 Night stay for two people at Maliba Mountain Lodge.
And the winner is: Read more