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Lesotho a hiker’s paradise

Lesotho is without doubt a hiker’s paradise.

Lesotho mountain trekking with MalealeaAlthough very few dedicated hiking trails exist, the face that the entire country is a network of bridle and foot  paths. You will also not find a single fence in the mountains, meaning that you can hike pretty much anywhere you like.

A typical hike will include:
• Riverside walk, swim, caves, gorges and rock formations
• Bird and wildlife sightings
• Stunning views
• Bushman rock art sites
• Picnics and packed lunches can be provided on request

Some wonderful trails can be found in the various Lesotho national parks and nature reserves.

Sehlabathebe National Park is rough, rugged, yet incredibly scenic with rolling grasslands and wild flowers,  perfect for bird watching and hiking. Accommodation can be booked with Jonathan’s Lodge. Read more

Surfing in Durban to Skiing in Lesotho!

It was a week which started with surfing the Durban waves and ended with skiing in Lesotho. And neatly sandwiched in the middle was a close encounter with a herd of elephant. There are not many holiday destinations where you can spice up your life with such variety.

Game Drive at Umzolozolo Private Game Reserve

Game Drive at Umzolozolo Private Game Reserve

It started with a perfect winters day spent on the Durban beachfront, surfing the waves on my long board which others disdainfully call “the ship.”  The next day I made the two-and-half hour drive to Nambiti Reserves to visit Umzolozolo Private Game Reservewhich is near Ladysmith in Northern KZN. This hidden gem of 10 000 hectares boasts the Big Five and is right here on our doorstep.

This was, of course, a business trip and I was there on a site inspection for our new Bush/Berg package.  That afternoon I found myself sipping a gin and tonic, having just seen a herd of elephant, a serval and an abundance of general game. Africa is hell. Read more

Lunch fit for a King

Maliba Lodge prides itself in many things and one of them being that; in spite of its beautiful scenery and luxurious chalets, the Maliba Lodge team has been able to make this place so high in the mountains a home away from home for all our guests including his Majesty King Letsie III,  who honoured as once again with his presence here at the lodge.

King Letsie 3rd having lunch at Maliba Lodge, Lesotho

King Letsie III after his lunch at Maliba

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A Year of Seasons in Lesotho

Juliana Fulton - American Lesotho Peace corpsONE YEAR.  I have now been in Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom, for an entire year.  It feels brief and incredibly long at the same time.  And it’s only half over!  I now have seen all of Lesotho’s seasons – one of the few countries in Africa that has four distinct seasons.  To get a better taste of what my life has been like throughout these seasons, I’ve written a brief description of each season (which is the opposite of those back in the U.S.)

Spring – It’s finally warming up and I can take off the extra layer of socks and long underwear.  Everything is super dusty and people talk about rain coming to start the seeds growing and settle the dust a bit.  There are baby animals everywhere, little goat kids and piglets at the house down the hill.  The peach trees start to blossom and cover all the hills in pink (though the peaches won’t be ready for four more months) Read more

Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Fire heath or Rooihartjie

Erica cerinthoides - Photo by Marie Viljoen

Introduction:

An indigenous garden is simply not complete without this little redhead (Morita-nkoe (Sesotho) or Rooihartjie (Afrikaans)) will light one corner in your garden.  This plant does well in our cool grassland vegetation of Lesotho although care must be taken if planted in the garden as it is naturally growing on rocky sand stone cliffs. Read more

Maliba Lodge 4×4 Trails with Roads to Roam Adventure Holidays

Through one of the off-road forums, I heard that Maliba Lodge wanted to investigate the 4×4 trails in their area and offered my assistance. All was set up and pretty soon I headed for Ts’ehlanyane National Park to boldly go where no vehicle has gone before. At the time I did not know how true those words would be!

The original plan was to explore the tracks in two vehicles, but due to an unfortunate mishap, the second vehicle had to be withdrawn. This meant taking extra care not to get into trouble on these trails, as there was no vehicle to assist should there be a recovery situation.  It has been an extra-ordinary wet season and rained almost every night during my stay at Maliba. It made for some interesting off-road driving the next few days, but the driving conditions were probably at its worse and should only improve in dryer conditions. Read more

Skiing in Africa – No you’re not dreaming

Lesotho may not pop up on many people’s radar as the most obvious ski destination. Africa, is after all synonymous with the big five and open savannahs, not snow capped mountains. However, as the only country in the world that lies completely above 1,000m and with more peaks per square kilometre than any other African country, Lesotho is indeed blessed with fantastic topography. Does it get snow you ask? Yes it does, sometimes even year round on the very highest peaks.

Skiing is now one of the main tourist attractions for Lesotho, seeing thousands of enthusiasts streaming in from surrounding South Africa. Lesotho has only recently started to develop its commercial skiing and snowboarding, even though the first ski club (Club Maluti) was founded as far back as 1968, when the first hut was built in the northern Lesotho highlands. Read more

Lesotho Wildrun 2011 – a truly unimaginable journey

The Lesotho Wildrun 2011 began on a perfect day – no clouds, beautiful blue skies and cool clear air. On the 24th March 2011, 33 runners set off into the Maluti mountains of Lesotho to take on the unknown, and a journey like no other.

Day one of the Lesotho Wildrun is 43.5 kilometers of unmarked mountainous terrain, requiring not only fitness, but navigational savvy and a very strong mind! This day turned out to be somewhat more challenging than most expected, with navigation forming a larger part of the experience than most were prepared for. This is when those that are used to finding their own way excelled, and those more used to running on the road really suffered.

The first long and steep climb to CP1 proved to be the most challenging, with many struggling to stick to the GPS tracklogs and finding themselves a little ‘off course’ now and then. Coupled with very little runnable terrain, this was Not the bit everyone raved about! However, everyone made it, albeit some having taken more ‘detours’ than others! Read more

Saniella verna

Saniella-Verna

Name: Saniella – It is said to be named after the World Heritage site of Sani Pass  situated in the Mokhotlong District of South Eastern Lesotho highlands.

Introduction:

The wetlands of the mountains of Lesotho are unique and has been suggested that they represent type of wetlands related to those of Europe and North America. They are freshwater wetlands. This is where you find a mosaic of species ranging from red, white,  pink,  yellow,  blue, maroon and etc.  When almost all the species have finished flowering, the little white and yellow throated beauties will always be found as the last offer for a flower hunter to enjoy.

Description:

It is a dwarf, white and yellow throated flower with deeply dissected petals .

Distribution and habitat:

It is mostly found at an altitude of approximately 3000 meters above sea level, specifically in the head water wetlands of Lesotho main river’s sources (Bokong, Malibamatso, Matsoku) in the North East of Lesotho which contribute into the massive must-see Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Katse dam.

Living on a dollar a day

Juliana Fulton

For the past month I have been living on a dollar a day, which is below the international poverty line.  A friend and I decided we wanted to see what it was like to live like most of the world who live in poverty, or as close to it as we can get.  I calculated the cost of all the food, candles, propane, everything, even soap.  The first week was by far the hardest—I craved sweet things, and was hungry all the time.  I noticed a trend with my mood according to if I was hungry or full.  When I was hungry it was hard to think about other things.  As part of our experiment, Adam and I agreed that we could not ask for free food.  But I never turned down any food that someone offered me!  It didn’t matter what it was or if I was hungry, if someone offered food, I ate it.  I lived almost entirely on lesheleshele (sorghum porridge) and roasted maize for the first week.  After twelve days Adam dropped out, he said it making him really tired and not able to concentrate at work.  His quitting made me less motivated, but I stuck with it.  Although I no longer counted transport costs if it was for work purposes, I didn’t want it to affect my work.  I also took two days off for Peace Corps get-togethers. Read more

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