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Things to see in Lesotho – Katse Dam

The Story Of Katse Dam

 

The Katse Dam, built high in the Maluti Mountains and named after a revered man who once lived at the site, is at the heart of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This is the land of the “blanket people”, who ride their sturdy ponies, build picturesque houses and greet visitors with a dignified salute (Go Lesotho; 2014) . 

Basotho pony and rider at Maliba Lodge, Lesotho.

Basotho pony and rider at Maliba Lodge, Lesotho.

All the major rivers of landlocked Lesotho are well-stocked with the finest trout, and with the exception of the Tugela, flow west into the Atlantic Ocean. (The Orange River starts as the Senqu River near Cathedral Peak). The Lesotho Highlands Water Project has changed all this, with water now being diverted north by gravity (Go Lesotho; 2014). 

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The Mountain Kingdom Awaits

Lesotho Ultra Trail

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

Set in the heart of the Maluti Mountain Range of north-eastern Lesotho lies a unique ultra distance footrace, a new challenge awaiting those seeking to push their boundaries and exceed their expectations of what it’s like to be a skyrunner.  Read more

The Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 – from the Race Director

At the end of the day a race director knows more about how their event rolls out than anybody else, that is the way it should be. So much happened at the Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 that no one person there will know everything, not even the Race Director Andrew Booth who has penned his thoughts here.

Race Director Andrew Booth

A count down from 10 and 92 runners set-off on a 50km course layed out in Northern Lesotho’s Tsehlanyane National Park. With 2500m of climbing and sanctioning by the International Skyrunning Federation and South African Skyrunning Association, it was Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon. Months of work was being put to the test, the next 12 hours would determine success, failure or mediocrity. Read more

Fire destroys Maliba main area [Part1]

On 24th of July around 12 O’clock mid night Lesotho’s only five-star lodge, the internationally-renowned Maliba Lodge in the northern highlands, was severely damaged by fire.

Maliba Lodge on fire September 2013No one was injured in the blaze which swept through the thatched main lodge, destroying the massive deck along with the Bar, lounge, restaurant and curio shop.

Guests were staying in the six luxury chalets situated away from the  lodge and they were in no danger from the fire which started in the  early hours of Thursday morning.. The Chalets, gardens and other surrounding buildings were unaffected.

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Staff Accounts of the fire Dwain and Daniel [Part2]

Maliba-Lodge-Fire-1I woke up to a popping sound, not sure what it was, I walked to my curtain thinking it was snow on the satellite dish.As I opened the curtain I saw the flames protruding from the roof towards the bar side, and instantly the sky light caved into the building. With shock I just started shouting, ran to wake my management team, Martin, Melany, Kevin to get the staff, following which I ran to room 6 and told them as calmly as I could to pack their things and move to the security gate. Read more

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Lesotho Ultra Marathon next month!

organizers-logoThe fire has tested Maliba in the last couple of weeks but the one thing that remains constant is the enthusiasm and excitement for the Lesotho Ultra Marathon, set for 30 November 2013.

It is Africa’s first Ultra Sky Running Marathon and Maliba Lodge is privileged to be the host for this event.

Our race organsier Andrew Booth, from KZN Trail Running talks about the event coming up. Read more

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

2013 Lesotho Ultra Trail Sells Out

organizers-logoWith such an amazing skyrunning location on offer, coupled with confirmation of some of the world’s best athletes, it was no surprise that entries into the inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail – Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon® were sold out within weeks of them opening, affirming its place on the world trail and skyrunning calendar. Runners from South Africa as well as from all over the world including Australia, India and the USA, ensured they did not miss the opportunity to secure their spot on the start line of this high altitude, African running experience, snatching up the valuable slots in a mere 15 days. Read more

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

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