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Gavan and Judy Hogan volunteer at the local Schools

One of the directors of Maliba Lodge is a friend who lives near us in Melbourne, Australia. When we heard that there was an opportunity to come to Lesotho to do several weeks of volunteer teaching, we jumped at the chance. We have had several years experience of living and teaching in Papua New Guinea and have great memories of that time.

Gavan and Judy Hogan singing to students

Singing with students at Ts’ehlanyane Community Secondary School

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Hand Me Down, August Redistribution at Maliba Mountain Lodge

So your asking “what is Hand Me Down“? To answer your question, it’s initiative aimed at the collection and redistribution of your old clothes to less fortunate people and communities!
The SA Adventure team was beaming with excitement as we set off on the August Hand Me Down redistribution! The Land Rover’s were packed to the brim with all the bags of Hand Me Downs we had collected. They bounced and weaved their way up a rugged mountain road as we made our way to the Ha Mali Community centre in Lesotho! Read more

New virtual tours added to the Maliba website

Another visit by Andrew Martens, with his special chopper, to take more high altitude photos of the snow capped mountains at Maliba Mountain Lodge.

Andrew Martens from RC Helicam on horse backThree new videos have been added this time.

  • The High altitude snow shot – showing the snow on the mountain peaks around Maliba.
  • The High altitude Black pools – showing the snow on the mountains well and gives the feeling of being tucked away in the mountains and park
  • Low altitude Black pools – A Closer view of the rock pools and surrounding mountain side. Read more

Lesotho’s chronic food insecurity becomes a crisis

Years of bad luck and record-breaking maize prices have led land-locked Lesotho into a crisis. Prime Minister Tom Thabane declared a food security emergency on Aug. 10, and a national vulnerability assessment warns that nearly 45 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million people will face moderate to severe food insecurity in the next few months.

Agriculture in Lesotho faces a catastrophic future.

Photo by Damien du Toit

While the crisis can be mitigated in the short term, Lesotho will need ongoing food support: It’s one of four countries in the world where nearly 100 percent of the population is projected to remain food insecure for the next ten years. Read more

Chaos in the snow as winter storms hit the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

ER24 assist stranded travellers in LesothoAt approximately 10am on July 15, ER24 received numerous distress calls from beyond the borders of South Africa. The ER24 Emergency Contact Centre received emergency calls from people trapped on the Butha Buthe pass on route to Afri-Ski and the Oxborn Lodge.

The ER24 Bethlehem station is familiar with the pass and its dangers. A strategic plan and decision was followed to assist the people stranded. Shortly after 11:00 paramedics arrived at the scene, where they found almost 30 vehicles either stuck, or involved in collisions after they had skidded on the icy road surface. Read more

Maliba and Lesotho shine at Indaba 2012

Travel Indaba Durban ICC 2012

INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world. Close to 14 000 international delegates and members of the media visited INDABA 2012, in Durban this last month. Read more

Another Bearded Vulture dies

In August 2009 a Bearded Vulture was captured by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff in the Underberg area and fitted with a tracking device as part of the ongoing Maluti Drakensberg Vulture Project lead by Ecologist Sonja Krüger. The project aims to obtain more information on the movement patterns of Bearded Vultures in southern Africa and the causes of mortality in order to address the threats to the species. The species is classified as endangered and population numbers are continuing to decline.

Olivia the Bearded Vulture taking off with her new tracking device in 2009

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The Drakensburg Cable Car – Pie in the sky?

MEC-Mr-Mike-Mabuyakhulu

MEC Mr. Mike Mabuyakhulu

A cable car that takes tourists to the top of one of the worlds most dramatic and unspoilt mountain regions might sound like a gem of an idea and one that could grace glossy travel brochures the world over, but do we really need it?

The surprise announcement that the province was planning a cable car in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg could take the local tourism industry to new heights. One of the preferred sites for the cable car was in the Mnweni Valley near the Royal Natal National Park and North of the popular Amphitheatre section of the World Heritage Site. Read more

Hand Me Down, April Clothing Redistribution in Lesotho

Children benefiting from a HandMe Down donation.The SA Adventure Ladies Club set off on the 15th of April to Lesotho, for what was to be our first official Hand Me Down redistribution.  We had chosen to work with Maliba Mountain Lodge. The lodge has sponsored a community centre in the nearby village Ha Mali that caters for orphaned children.  We had the two Landy’s and the little Terrios known as ‘The Fish’ packed to the max with second-hand clothes that had been donated and we were very excited to get to our destination! Read more

Best family hotels in Africa named!

TripAdvisors Travelers' choice awards 2012 Winner

Maliba Mountain Lodge places 15th in TripAdvisor’s Top African Family Hotels for 2012!

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, today reveals that Maliba Mountain Lodge was chosen a winner by TripAdvisor in its 2012 Travellers’ Choice® awards. Read more

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