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Maliba Mountain Retreat is located high in the maluti mountains within the royal Kingdom Of Lesotho. Over 5 years in the making it is Lesotho’s first 5 star lodge and boasts an exclusive restaurant, well stocked bar , wine cellar and unbelievable decor. However the key feature of Maliba hasn\\\'t been created by man but by mother nature. Maliba is located within Tshelayanne national park and boast over 5600Hectares of extremely ruggared wilderness mountain terrain. It contains one of the few indigenous woodlands left in Lesotho and flora and fauna that are unique to this area.

Situated

GPS Co-ordinates: S28° 54' 51.45" , E28° 26' 12.07" (or -28.914419 , 28.436394)



If coming from Bloemfontein:

Take the N8 from Bloemfontein towards Ladybrand, then take the R26 to Clocolan and Ficksburg

and continue onto Fouriesburg. On the outskirts of Fouriesburg at the bottom of a hill there is a

signpost to Clarens. Take this road to the right and after a few hundred metres take the RH

junction to Caledonspoort Border post which is marked with a faded signboard. After completing

SA formalities you cross the bridge and you are now in Lesotho.



Complete the entrance formalities and pay R20.00 at the booth for road tax then travel for about

9km towards Butha Buthe (a large town) until you get to a T-junction. Be careful on outskirts of

town [both sides] as police operate with radar guns and enforce 50km driving speed but are usually

not there after hours or on weekends!



There is quite a lot of street activity prior to the junction in Butha Buthe. Turn right here at the

junction and travel away from town (past an Excel service station on your right) in the direction of

Maseru for approx 5.5 km. You will then reach a junction and a new tar road off to your left. (There

is a Maliba sign board here). Take a left turn here and travel 32km until you reach Tsehlanyane

National Park.



Once inside the park follow the signs for either Maliba Lodge OR River Lodge.

Approx time from Border post to Maliba is 45 minutes.



If coming from Johannesburg:

Head out of Jhb on N3 and turn off at Warden south west along the R714 which takes you to

Bethlehem and Fouriesburg. In Bethlehem (after Nandos and Wimpy) turn right at the Engen

garage (4 way stop) into Church street (Kerk Street).Travel on and then turn left into

Commissioner Road at the KFC which takes you to Fouriesburg.



On the outskirts of Fouriesburg at the bottom of a hill there is a signpost to Clarens. Take this

road to the left and after a few hundred meters take the RH junction to Caledonspoort Border

post with is marked with a faded signboard. After completing SA formalities you cross the

bridge and you are now in Lesotho.



Complete the entrance formalities and pay R20.00 at the booth for road tax then travel for

about 9km towards Butha Buthe (a large town) until you get to a T-junction. Be careful on

outskirts of town [both sides] as police can operate with radar guns and enforce 50km driving

speed but are usually not there after hours or on weekends!



There is quite a lot of street activity prior to the junction in Butha Buthe. Turn right here at the

junction and travel away from town (past an Excel service station on your right) in the direction

of Maseru for approx 5.5 km. You will then reach a junction and a new tar road off to your left.

(There is a Maliba sign board here). Take a left turn here and travel 32km until you reach

Tsehlanyane National Park.



Once inside the park follow the signs for either Maliba Lodge OR River Lodge.

Approx time from Border post to Maliba is 45 minutes.

Accommodation

Guest chalet

Each suite is over 80m2 in size and very private. Each suite also includes:

Fireplace

King size bed

Lounge area

In floor heating

Mood lighting

Quality fittings throughout

Fridge and cofee/tea facilities

BATHROOM

All luxurious bathrooms feature:

Sunken bath with a view

Heated towel rails

Toilet with a view

Hair dryer

Shower

Maliba River Lodges

All River Lodges contain:

Beds for up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms

Fully equipped kitchen with oven and microwave

2 bathrooms 3 toilets

Under floor heating

All linen supplied

Ground and first floor decks overlooking the river

Cleaned and serviced regularly

Activities

Hiking

Horse riding

Swimming

Bird watching

Rock climbing

Village and cultural tours

Snow activities (seasonal

Attractions

The Activities at Maliba Lodge offer guests a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the tranquil natural surroundings.



As Maliba lodge is situated within a private leased area of Tsehlanyane National Park we have on our doorstep several secluded marked mountain bush trails & bridle paths for exploration. On going exploration continues into remoter parts of the park and further trials will be accessible over time.

Tsehlanyane National Park is blessed with an abundance of fresh clean water emanating from the pristine un-spoilt mountains. Many rock natural pools exist for swimming, exploring and relaxing by.

Plant species richness is very high within the park and provisional estimates are that in excess of 220 flowering plant species are present. Best time to view these is from spring to summer

Of some 24 mammalian species recorded in the Highlands area many are resident (although elusive) within the park.

Limited surveys undertaken by field staff on birds within the park show a provisional list indicating the presence of some 69 species. Any additions to this list are welcome.

Guided horse riding is available on local Lesotho ponies, renowned for being firm underfoot even on the rugged slopes of the Lesotho mountainside.

One of the last remaining old growth indigenous Lesotho woodlands is to be found within the park

3km from the lodge are several natural Basotho villages where one can safely wander and explore everyday life. If you prefer to be shown around by an experienced local guide, guided walks can be arranged into this area

Afriski is situated 2 hours drive from the lodge and is Africa’s highest ski resort (seasonal between June-September). Our reservations team can organize skiing packages to here when in season or just take a day drive and a picnic lunch.

Liphofung caves and museum is 1 hour drive from Maliba.Originally used by the San and other Stone Age people, the walls contain important rock art and a rich archaeological deposit of Stone Age implements occurs on the floor. Later, King Moshoeshoe “the Great” used the cave as a stopover when visiting that part of the kingdom.

Katse dam is 3 hour drive away and has the highest dam in Africa

Bokong Nature Reserve is roughly 2 hours away and is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Lepagoa Valley, the visitor centre has a picnic site and interpretative trail to the top of the Lepaqoa Falls.

Fossilised dinosaur footprints are found on the banks of the Subeng River very close to Butha Buthe with is ¾ hour away.

Clarens is situated in South Africa just 1 hours drive from the lodge and is an artists' haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries scattered around the village square. The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild summer climate makes for the ideal for a visit.




 
 

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