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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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Mountain Kingdom at Indaba 2011

Donning colourful blankets and Basotho hats, the Maliba crew attended the third biggest tourism show in the world at Durban’s International Convention Centre in May.

The Tourism Indaba is a remarkable four-day trade event which attracts over 13 000 international delegates from the travel tourism and related industries. We were boosted by the heavyweights with our directors, Nick King and Chris McEvoy, flying in from Australia to join us.

Nicola Gerrard of Maliba Mountain LodgeAs a new face in the Maliba family and the marketing department, this was my first Indaba and it proved the most invigorating,  enjoyable and, at times, overwhelming experience.

On the eve of the Indaba opening, I arrived to look at our allocated stand and was amused by the booming public announcement warning contractors to “stop using saws and angle grinders in the hall immediately!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

Lesotho Trout fillets and Spring Vegetables

OPEN SEASON!Lesotho Trout fillets and Spring Vegetables

Trout fishing is something of a pickle, from the rods being lighter to the Bait resembling that of a dragon fly and then the technique of making one’s fly move without disturbing the water in order to create a flowing creature that looks good enough to eat! Trout fishing is a blessed affair in Lesotho; the streams are filled to the brim with flopping, shining, spotted trout.  People come from all over to enjoy and marvel in the experience. This month I am celebrating the two seasons combined. Trout season and Spring.

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Australian volunteers learn whilst teaching

Teachers Kaye Young & Lidia Mancini

Teachers Kaye Young & Lidia Mancini

“We came to teach and ended up learning.”

That was the response of  two Australian teachers, Lidia Mancini and Kaye Young, who travelled to the highlands of Lesotho to help in the education of  local youngsters. Read more

Kaye Young

Kaye Young teaching in Lesotho

Kaye Young teaching children the major body parts

To all my dearest friends at Maliba Lodge,

It is difficult to find the words to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me over the past 3 weeks, Everyone of you has gone out of your way, not only to make me feel welcome but also to make me feel a part of the Maliba family.

Your warm smiles, friends ‘Hellos’, exemplary service and willingness to do anything asked of you made my stay memorable. Read more

Lidia Mancini

Lidia with Lesotho school children

Lidia with some local village children

When I first planned to come to Lesotho I thought it would be to bring enlightenment to the “poor” locals through my teaching. But it seems I am the one who has been enlightened in so many ways.

From the very start I have felt welcomed by you all, at first as a guest, but as time went on, as family. You have supported me not only with your excellent service, but by imparting your wisdom and sharing your stories with me so that I could learn can understand your culture, your language your customs and beliefs. You have all taught me so much and have helped to make my journey here one I will never forget. Read more

Lesotho a photographers dream

Africa never ceases to amaze me. Over thirty years of living on this continent and there are still surprises to be had and many roads to be more travelled. And so it was when my husband and I travelled to Lesotho for the first time for a weekend at Maliba Mountain Lodge.

Sand Stone cliffs of Golden Gate NP

Sand Stone cliffs of Golden Gate NP (Photo by Sharon Bishop)

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Maliba’s Organic Garden

Being a remote Lodge in Lesotho we decided to start our very own Organic Vegetable Garden. Relying on suppliers has its drawbacks, but this project will hopefully one day provide all of our requirements.

Having green fingers myself, I was very excited at the prospect. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not all Hippy loving tree huggers, we just like to do a little digging, digging for the freshest Organic Vegetables we can possibly lay our hands on.

Maliba Market Garden

Maliba Market Garden

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