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Ford Ranger launched at Maliba Mountain Lodge

Ford Ranger launched at Maliba Mountain Lodge

There are 3 things Lesotho is not short of, Water, Rocks and Mountains. Mix all these together and you have a recipe for some stunning scenic 4×4 trails. Ford Motor Company South Africa recently decided to put the All New Ford Ranger through its paces in the mountain kingdom.

“Everything about the new Ranger is new, says Ford, after 30’000 computer models and a million kilometers of extreme-climate testing in 15 countries, including Lesotho, with its unique combination of altitude, heat and dust.”

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Lesotho Tourism – The way forward for sustainable economic freedom

Lesotho Tourism – The way forward for sustainable economic freedom

    Lesotho is a land of contrasts
  • High unemployment
  • Many people live on less than  a $1 a day
  • More than 30% of the Adult population has HIV
  • A lack of development and natural resource’s

And yet it is a country with a unique beauty unlike any other!

  • Pristine natural environment
  • unpolluted mountains and streams
  • Friendly Basotho people  who enjoy a  simple subsistence living
  • Wide open spaces and a complete absence of over development

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Maliba Lodge – Vulture Restaurant Project

Maliba Lodge – Vulture Restaurant Project

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Maliba Mountain Lodge, with the help of vulture specialists Sonja Kruger and Andre Botha from KZN Wildlife and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, have started a vulture feeding site in the Ts’ehlanyane National Park, with the aim to attract the rare Bearded and Cape vultures for protection and research. In the past vultures have been seen as vermin- spreading disease and killing livestock and have thus been killed, virtually driving them to the brink of extinction.KZN Wildlife Vulture Program

Vultures form an important ecological component of our natural environment, cleaning up dead carcasses and decreasing the spread of some diseases and therefore need to be protected. The main cause of the demise of this important raptor group is a declining food source, although other issues such as loss of foraging areas, electrocution by electricity pylons, and inadvertent poisoning also have a strong negative influence on their numbers.

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4×4 Offroad Adventure Club – Ten Year Celebrations

4×4 Offroad Adventure Club – Ten Year Celebrations

What a function! If you missed it, sorry for you. It was awesome. Thanks for all of the 80+ families that took the time to come out and celebrate with us on the evening. We were hosted by Hans Steinkopf (Dealer Principle) and his crew from the newly created Halfway Toyota Honeydew organization. They spoilt us with a stunning venue, great warm soup and 2 curries as well as the honour to experience the unveiling of the new FJ Land Cruiser. What a winner! Thanks for the great memento 10 year caps donated to all attendees too. Thanks guys! What a stunning ‘partner’ to have in the club.

The members arrived in droves, and with our specially invited guests and potential members plus VIP Suppliers, we topped 220 people at the event. We had great raffle draw prizes to the value of just over R147 000, and the Keenan family walked away with the top prize, sponsored by URI ADVENTURES. Were they stoked, especially as daughter Natasha spent her 16th birthday away from boarding school and with us on the evening. Dad was away on business, so Mom’s luck was in!

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Surfing in Durban to Skiing in Lesotho!

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.

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Lunch fit for a King

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

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!

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

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.

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