Maliba Mountain Lodge Description
Located in the Royal Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, within the Tsehlanyane National Park, Maliba Mountain Lodge is a five-star mountain retreat set in a pristine sub-alpine wilderness valley deep in the heart of Lesotho’s breathtaking mountains. Maliba Mountain Lodge is the first five-star lodge in Lesotho. Maliba offers sheer luxury in one of six exclusive luxury Basotho-style chalets, each with a private viewing deck. A main lodge with a wine cellar, open deck and conference facilities are public areas for all guests to enjoy. Maliba’s main lodge is built in such a way that there are spectacular mountainous views all around. Tranquillity is created by the big water features in the reception area, bringing the natural element of water into the lodge. The open reception area is surrounded by four roaring fireplaces to keep the cool mountain air at bay. The décor is inviting and neutral, creating a cosy and clean atmosphere. The main lodge has a bar, a wine cellar, a restaurant and internet and conference facilities. The large outdoor viewing deck peers out across the mountains, rivers and valleys of the mountain kingdom. Activities: Pony trekking Hiking Massage treatments 4x4 trails through the mountains Botany Birding Afriski in winter months
Over 5600-hectares of extremely rugged wilderness mountain terrain is protected within this park, which includes one of the very few remaining indigenous woodlands in Lesotho. Unlike most of Lesotho, the park has plenty of vegetation dominated by mature Che-Che trees, which have historical significance to the local Basotho people. Maliba will eventually boast the highest sub-alpine botanical garden in the world, designed by world-renowned South African botanist Elsa Pooley. There are 24 small mammal species that have been sighted in the mountain habitat including the African wild cat, black-backed jackal, porcupine, caracal, grey rhebuck, baboon, pole cat, rock hyrax, the clawless otter and the leopard. Most of these species are considered to be endangered in the park area.
Maliba Mountain Lodge Directions
From Caledonspoort Border Post After completing formalities, cross the bridge into Lesotho. Complete the entrance formalities and pay R20.00 at the booth road tax, then travel for 9-kilometres towards Butha-Buthe until you reach a T-junction. Be careful on outskirts of town as police enforce a 50-kilometre driving speed. 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 approximately 5.5-kilometres. You will then reach a junction and a road off to the left. There is a Maliba signboard here, take a left turn here onto a dirt road and travel 32-kilometres until you reach Tsehlanyane National Park. Once inside the park follow the signs for Maliba Lodge. Approximate time from the Caledonspoort border post to Maliba is an hour.