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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?

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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

Bringing Lesotho to Melbourne City

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.

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Maliba’s New Virtual Tours

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

First Ski Trac to be in the Mountain Kingdom

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?

Ski Trac dome sketch

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

African Wildcat spotted at Ts’ehlanyane National Park

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.

African Wildcat Felis silvestris libyca territory in AfricaAs 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

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