Photo of the month – Bontle Tumahole

Congratulations to Bontle Tumahole who submitted this photo via email. Yes it’s that easy!

Tumahole, Bontle

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Hand Me Down, Lesotho Redistribution – September 2013

sa-adventure-logoThere is no other way to describe our recent redistribution to the MaHali community centre in Lesotho, other than breath taking.

From the moment we met up with Hali, the new Maliba Community Trust Manager, anticipation and excitement filled the air.

We set off from Maliba Lodge at 9am and drove to the MaHali community, greeted with the chants of the community workers and the smiles of the children. Read more

Lesotho Wildrun Set to Dazzle Again

Lesotho-wildrun-logoThe fourth Lesotho Wildrun is set to take place in March 2014 and trail runners from across South Africa are raring to make the trek to their neighbouring country for a weekend of inspiration and perspiration.

The first Lesotho Wildrun took place in 2011 when 28 runners attempted to make the trek from Ramabanta up the Semonkong Plateau, past the Maletsunyane Gorge and Maletsunyane Falls and back down to Ramabanta via Baboon’s Pass. The route has since been changed to start close to the mountain village of Malealea but runners still get to experience Lesotho mountain life in a way that not many people have experienced it. Read more

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Breast stuffed with Mushroom and Blue Cheese

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Breast stuffed with Mushroom and Blue Cheese, served with traditional Nyekoe and finished off with Cranberry sauce

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Breast stuffed with Mushroom and Blue CheeseIngredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 12 Rashers Bacon
  • 1/4 Red Onion, sliced
  • 75gr Mushrooms, sliced
  • 5gr Thyme, chopped
  • 15gr Butter
  • 20ml White Wine
  • 20gr Blue Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper for taste
  • Olive Oil for frying

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Fire Press Release August 2013

The Ruins of Maliba Lodge in LesothoIt is with a heavy heart that we release this statement: The reception area of Maliba lodge was devastated by fire in the early hours on the 25/07/13, however, thankfully no one was injured. While the cause of the fire has not been established it is suspected that an electrical fault was to blame.

However, all 6 Mountain rooms and our River lodge remain safe and intact, and are fully operational. Our reservations team have been working hard to inform all of our guests. Read more

I’m asking for…

I hear it almost every day, in almost every village.  “I’m asking for sweets”, “I’m asking for money”, or… food, a job, your earrings, boots, bag, etc… It’s called out from the hillsides as I walk along the roadway or it’s something someone says as they walk past me.  Over and over, day after day.   The first few times I was so concerned and confused, I wanted to help but not to give in an inappropriate manner; also I never have “sweets” and as a volunteer I don’t have money to give. While volunteers live in village and live as much as possible in sync with socio-economic norms, no matter what or how many times we tell people we don’t have these things to give, the expectation is that we do and so the requests keep coming.  Read more

UNESCO adds Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park on World Heritage List

The 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) inscribed the Sehlabathebe National Park of Lesotho on the World Heritage List on Saturday.

It was the country’s first property that won a place at the prestigious World Heritage List.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the session, extended congratulations to Lesotho on the inscription of the mixed natural and cultural property of the Sehlabathebe National Park on the World Heritage List. Read more

New manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Makau Hali Khutsi

We are pleased to announce Makau Hali Khutsi has been appointed Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust.  Hali was born and raised in Butha Buthe, Lesotho. He earned his degree in Agriculture in 2009 at the Lesotho Agricultural College and taught Agriculture and Science at St. Denis High School in St. Denis, Leribe from 2009 until earlier this year.

Hali has a history of community service as a volunteer teaching food production in partnership with various Village Support Groups.  As an Agriculture teacher he was responsible for the design and execution of special projects in support of Hunger Alleviation.  These projects involved students and local farmers groups managing for production & sale: Eggs, Vegetables, Pigs, Rabbits and Grain. Read more

Photo of the month – Lisa Vos

Congratulations to Lisa Vos who posted these photos on our facebook page and they are pretty special too.

“What a Place…- thank you so much for accommodating our every single request… some great memories were forged at your beautiful lodge you guys were absolutely amazing… can’t wait to come back!!!”

Lisa Vos

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Lesotho Sky MTB Challenge Recce

Day 1 – Lesotho has been on my travel radar, but not so you’d notice … Little land-locked country nestling somewhere against KZN and the Free State, with loads of mountains, dodgy roads and not much else to write home about. Right? How wrong can one be …

Lesotho Sky 2013 - Jacques Marais 03The Mountain Kingdom is everything you can want in an African travel destination, with a dizzying selection of action options vying for the attention of Outsiders from around the globe. It’s not even that far away – Maseru is less than 2hrs from Bloem along a peach of a highway – so no more excuses. And the one thing you cannot afford to leave behind when you cross the border to visit your Basotho brethren? Your mountain bike, buddy, because you’re gonna ride till you get used to the thin air up there.

My first day with the Lesotho Sky MTB Challenge crew (Christian Schmidt and Darol Howes) was relatively laid-back, with us exploring the time trail route within the immediate vicinity of Maseru for this kick-ass Stage Race … 3hrs of cattle-track tripping, donga dashing and pavement cruising eventually got us to Scoopie’s Shebeen, where I was initiated into the pleasures of Africa’s leading brew, Maluti, in quarts, of course.

Any Maseru sojourn is seriously incomplete without a visit to either the Oo-Lah-Lah Coffee Shop or Tumisang Taabe‘s Bike Shop, both institutions in their own right. Best of all, this was just the start of my journey into Africa’s ‘Little Tibet’.

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