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Being a patient in a Hospital in Rural Africa

Juliana FultonI’ve been surprisingly lucky that I’ve gone six months in rural Africa without so much as a cold.  But a couple of weeks ago I caught a stomach virus that was going around the peace corps volunteers.  I started throwing up and couldn’t stop.  It was after dark, so there wasn’t any more transportation to the nearest town or hospital.  I called the lodge and they came and picked me up and drove me to the hospital, but not before I had thrown up eleven times in two hours.  I’ve had food poisoning and the stomach flu before, but this seemed worse.

I am so lucky that I have a host organization like Maliba Lodge that was so easy to contact and helpful in getting me to the hospital.  The hospital was in the camptown closest to my village, Butha-Buthe.

Thaba Bosiu Gov't Hospital, Butha-Buthe

Even though it was after hours nurses were there and they gave me a charcoal drink and a shot to stop the stomach pains (though there was no alcohol swab or bandaid with the shot).  I felt a lot better almost instantly, but was too weak to leave.  Throughout the night I kept asking for water, and the nurses told me there was none.  Finally they turned on the tap to show me that it was dry and there was no running water. Read more

Maliba Lodge wins gold at the 2010 HICA Awards.

The fourth instalment of the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) ended on a high note on 2nd November 2010, with a sleek lunch event held at the Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg.

Stephen Phakisi at HICA awards

Mr. Stephen Phakisi speaking at the HICA Awards ceremony

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The Basotho dancers of Maliba Lodge

This was my first time visiting Southern Africa, and what a trip to turned out to be.

Basotho dancers with blankets at Maliba Lodge

Maliba Lodge was the finale of a trip that saw me visiting Cape Town and Hluhluwe. At the end of the lunch on my penultimate day, the Besotho staff filed out onto the deck under the veranda and performed 4 traditional songs for their guests, to the background accompaniment of an early afternoon thunderstorm. After their performance they were kind enough to pose as a group for me to snap a few photos.

What an amazing country, I can’t wait to come back!

Maliba Lodge peak cap

Story and Photo by Rohan Baker

A big thank you to Rohan for sending us this image. Rohan has won himself a Maliba Mountain Lodge peak cap which we will be sending to him shortly.

Ts’ehlanyane National Park

This National Park is as underrated as it is underused. This is the largest park in Lesotho and no other place is about as far away from it all as Ts’ehlanyane. Lying further north in the district of Leribe, it is reachable by tar roads. This Lesotho Northern Park protects a beautiful high-altitude, 5600-hectare patch of rugged wilderness, including one of Lesotho’s only stands of indigenous forest with a number of rare undergrowth plants that are unique to this woodland habitat. Here indigenous “Ouhout” (Leaucosidea) trees of significant size are preserved.

Maliba Mountain Lodge - Tsehlanyane National Park

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Massive veld fire ravages Ts’ehlanyane National Park

A Disaster was narrowly averted in Ts’ehlanyane National Park on Saturday (26 September 2010), as a major veld fire swept through the Park, narrowly missing the Maliba Mountain Lodge. Details are unclear as to the exact origins of the fire, but it is believed to have been started by a group of local villagers wanting to use the Soccer pitch that is situated within the Park.Veld Fire at Maliba Lodge in Ts'ehlanyane National Park

The Park has had typical weather for August-September, with late winds and little rain fall. The very dry prevailing conditions of the park’s vegetation, together with strong winds proved the perfect mix for disaster, fanning the fire on its destructive path. Read more

Crumbed Parmesan and Spring Onion Maize Cake

Crumbed Parmesan and Spring Onion Maize Cake

TRADITION WITH A TWIST:

When you visit a foreign country you have already planned what you must do, where you must go and where you must eat.  When I travel, I always try the local cuisine. In Lesotho the staple food is ‘Papa’ otherwise known as cooked Maize meal.  They eat it with various items such as Maroho – fried pumpkin leaves – or Nyama, the Sesotho word for meat.  What I decided to do was take ‘Papa’ and spruce it up by adding Grated parmesan Cheese, Spring Onion, crème Fraiche and coating it in herbs and Bread Crumbs.  It is something that you will be complimented on every time you make it and believe me, people will be asking for more! Read more

Village Life – from the point of view of an American Peace Corps Volunteer

Juliana Fulton - American Peace CorpsI’m a 23 year-old university grad student from suburban America, who has come to live in a rural village in Lesotho, southern Africa for the next two years.  I’m often asked why I became a Peace Corps volunteer, giving up the comforts of home, flush toilets and electricity, and good salaried jobs, to come live in developing Africa.  I still find it hard to explain, I’m here to help people who haven’t had the advantages that I’ve had.  I’m here for the adventure, to experience the real world outside of my sheltered American college town.  I’m also here because I want to work in international development and believe that living in a community in a developing country was the best way to really understand them.  Most Peace Corps volunteers go to their sites with lofty goals, hoping to make a big difference, to build a community centre or help stop the spread of a disease.  My aspirations are much simpler, to make small improvements in the lives of the people around me.  I’ve been in Lesotho for three months, and they’ve already changed mine. Read more

HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso visits Maliba Mountain Lodge.

HRH Prince Seeiso and his wife Princess Mabereng

Prince Seeiso and his wife Princess Mabereng

It’s not every day that a member of the Royal family of Lesotho visits Maliba Mountain lodge, however each visit is a very special one and lives long in the memory.

Kokonyana “Juliet” Nkopa, reflects on what it means to welcome Prince Seeiso and his wife Princess Mabereng to Maliba Lodge.

“I am very happy because I really wanted to meet him face to face, and he is very good to Basotho people especially the orphans, he usually gives them the presents. This also shows that he hasn’t forgotten about us here at Maliba Lodge, as this was his second visit. I was nervous to go to him, but because of his friendly appearance it was easy to talk to him and to serve him as well. I would really like to see him again with his children.” Read more

Valley of the pools Tshelanyane National Park

Tsehlanyane Rock pool

One of the rock pools in Tsehlanyane National Park

In June 2010 I visited Tsehlanyane National Park in Northern Lesotho for a 2 week stay with my son. I had researched this area for some time from my home in Australia via Google Earth. I was keen on finding new undiscovered area’s within the park. An interesting valley 5k’s from Maliba Mountain lodge, (where we had been staying) was identified as worth exploring. None of the local rangers knew anything about this area and it is likely it had only ever been visited by local herd boys. Read more

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