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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Lesotho Sky Marathon – Entries Open!

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In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world.

Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the Maluti Mountain Range on foot.

It is this ancient philosophy of man’s primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has lead to the development of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon®. Read more

Lemon and Dill infused Mousse of Smoked Salmon

Lemon and Dill infused mousse of smoked Salmon served with organic Greens tossed in a light and zesty sweet Vinaigrette.

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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

Yvonne and Hendrik Tie the Knot at Maliba Lodge

BIG congrats to Yvonne and Hendrik on their special day! Photographer Glen Green, African Image.

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Chocolate Fondant

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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

Skyrunning hits southern Africa with the Lesotho Ultra Trail

Lesotho Ulta Sky TrialA new ultra-distance race has hit southern Africa’s trail running calendar with the announcement of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, to take place in northern Lesotho on 30 November.

Created by well-known KZN race organiser Andrew Booth, the 68km race will traverse mountainous, rocky trails combining steep ascents, descents, some contour running and loads of single track, will be hosted by Maliba Mountain Lodge, just one hour south from the Free State town of Clarens. Read more

Photo of the month – Dean Button

Dean Button snapped this great panoramic photo from the main deck while on honeymoon at Maliba.

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History of Weaving in Lesotho

CIMG2356 (768x1024)There is a long history of weaving in Lesotho.  At the nearby Leribe Craft Center we found this photo proudly honoring “the pioneers of spinning and weaving in Lesotho” at St. Mary’s Craft School in 1911.

The weaving process starts with collection of fibers from Lesotho’s large herds of sheep and goats.  It was news to me that wool comes from sheep and mohair from goats.   As this photo collection from Sesotho Designs shows, the coat or fleece is removed once per year, generally after the winter, when the herders bring the animals down from the mountains. Read more

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