A luxurious traveler’s escape set in the Royal Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
Officially opened on the 11 September 2008
Opened by the Prime Minister of Lesotho, The Right Honourable Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili
The first 5-star lodge in Lesotho
It owes its origin to the access road to the Hlotse tunnel as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water
Located within the Ts’ehlanyane National Park in Lesotho
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
The reserve also encompasses a reasonable proportion of very rare mountain "fynbos" that do not
occur anywhere else in the world
Maliba boasts the highest sub-alpine botanical garden in the world
‘Maliba’ Mountain Lodge is pronounced ‘Madiba’ Mountain Lodge in Sotho
Maliba is a 4½ hour drive from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Maseru International Airport
INTRODUCTION: Located in the Royal Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho within the Ts’ehlanyane National Park,
Maliba Mountain Lodge is a 5-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 5-star lodge in Lesotho and it
has set the benchmark for future Lesotho Tourism ventures. 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 remnant vegetation
dominated by mature Che Che trees all of which has historical significance to the Basotho people. Maliba will
eventually boast the highest sub-alpine botanical garden in Africa, designed by renowned South African
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botanist Dr Elsa Pooley. Six exclusive luxury Basotho-style chalets each offer private viewing decks stretching
into the heart of the scenic woodland mountains. Maliba is a 4½ drive from Johannesburg and an hour and 2
hours drive from Maseru International Airport, making it an easily accessible retreat for both business and
HISTORY OF MALIBA MOUNTAIN LODGE: Maliba Mountain Lodge has been five years in the making. Two
Australians, Nick King and Chris McEvoy, who have business interests in South Africa, along with local
Lesotho Engineer Stephen Phasaki dreamt of building an up market lodge in Lesotho. They identified the
perfect site which had previously had been used as a strategic access point to the multimillion-dollar tunnel
that supplies water from Katse dam in the Lesotho highlands to South Africa. This site is in the middle of a
pristine valley within Ts’ehlanyane National Park surrounded by spectacular mountains and a number of rivers.
Chris, Nick and Stephen approached the Lesotho highlands water commission with a business proposal to
build the first 5-star lodge in Lesotho on this site. After much consultation with the various departments within
the Lesotho government, contracts were signed in late 2005 which granted a 60-year lease. The lodge was
named Maliba Mountain Lodge which related to the fact that the lodge is located near the junction of 3 major
rivers. A local architect was commissioned to develop the design and structural drawings. Construction started
in March 2006. Wherever possible, workers were recruited from the local villages and at its peak over 80
workers were employed on site. Many of those staff now assist in the running and maintenance at Maliba.
Maliba management has had great support from the Lesotho ministry of tourism to see there dream become
reality. Landscaping and planting will be completed in the summer of 2009.
The establishment of what we believe will be the highest sub-alpine botanical garden in the world has already
commenced. Other improvements, to be completed in the future include a day spa and beauty therapy facility
as well as outpost in the mountains where adventurous guests can trek and be comfortably looked after in its
TS’EHLANYANE NATIONAL PARK: Ts’ehlanyane National Park has an altitude ranging from 1940 to 3112
meters and is considered mostly sub-alpine. It owes its origin to the access road to the Hlotse tunnel as part of
the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This proclaimed protected pristine area lies at the junction of the
Ts’ehlanyane and the Holomo rivers.
Over 5600 hectares of extremely rugged mountain terrain is protected within this park, which includes one of
the very few remaining indigenous woodlands in Lesotho. Some of the finest examples of Che-che woodland
are preserved at the heart of this area, with a number of rare undergrowth plants that are unique to this
woodland habitat. On the banks of the rivers and streams are stands of berg bamboo which are of significant
cultural significance to the Basotho people. The reserve also encompasses a reasonable proportion of very
rare mountain "fynbos" that do not occur anywhere else in the world and also recorded are in excess of 220
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flowing plant species. The diversity of habitat types is exceptionally high and derived from the large altitudinal
range that the park has.
There has been 24 small to medium sizes mammalian species recorded in the highlands area and these
include the African wild cat, black-backed jackal, porcupine, caracal, grey rhebuck, baboon, striped pole cat
and rock hyrax, ice rat, the clawless otter (there is circumstantial evidence that leopard still occurs in a few
refuge habitats), All of these species with the exception of the clawless otter, grey rhebuck and rock hyrax are
considered to be endangered in the park area. Recently indigenous species of animals have been donated to
the park from san park South Africa.
MAIN LODGE: A jewel in the Lesotho highlands, the main lodge at Maliba Mountain Lodge is perched
overlooking all that makes the area a pristine mountain retreat for any one looking to escape the fast paced
stresses of city living. Stunning water features greet guests as they enter the main lodge, a testament to the
natural element of the area. The open reception area at Maliba is surrounded by 3 open fireplaces, adorned
with natural décor inviting guests to relax and converse in comfortable luxury surroundings.
The main lodge at Maliba incorporates a bar, wine cellar and restaurant all of which offer guests a comfortable
and relaxing environment in which to reflect the beauty of the tranquil landscape. The large open viewing deck
at the main lodge peers out over the stunning highland valley offering views so unique to Maliba that it is
unrivalled anywhere else.
ACCOMMODATION: Guests are accommodated in one of six private and luxurious Basotho-style chalets.
Each chalet is over 80m2 in size and is tastefully decorated with natural earthy tones. Warmth and comfort are
key elements that have been incorporated into the design of the chalets. The warm design element has been
expressed by under-floor heating, heated-bed blankets, heated towel rails and heated wall panels which create
a comfortable living environment for guests. The highlight of the warm design element is the open fireplace in
each chalet that sets the evening mood for a romantic discussion of the day’s events. A sunken bath offers
guests breathtaking views as one relaxes and soaks up the tranquil surroundings. A king size bed and mood
lighting help to create the final comfort features expected in luxury accommodation. A private viewing deck,
extending from each chalet, provides guests with a completely unique way to touch the heart of the Lesotho
Mountains, losing oneself in the charm of the peaceful surroundings.
DINING: Meals will be one of the many highlights during ones stay at Maliba. An open fireplace fills the
restaurant with warmth and character, setting the mood for that perfect evening. All meals are expertly
prepared to a high standard from fresh ingredients by the talented chef. Special requirements are catered for
with prior notice. The service is professional, catering for your every need while not being obtrusive in any
manner. Meals are either served in the restaurant or on request meals can be served on the private chalet
decks for intimate and memorable occasions. A fully stocked bar and wine cellar is available for guests to order
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whatever they decide compliments the exquisite food. Drinks are at guests own cost. The menu at Maliba is a
mouthwatering experience that is always one of the talking points of one’s stay.
ACTIVITIES: Activities at Maliba Lodge offer guests a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the tranquil
Hiking (3 Hiking Trails),
Horse riding on local Lesotho ponies,
Swimming in natural springs,
Village and cultural tours,
Snow activities can be organized through us for Afri-ski (1½ hours drive).
Maliba Mountain Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)31 702 8726 email@example.com
Fax: +27 (0)31 702 8776 www.maliba-lodge.com
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