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  • TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 3 Star
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering and Bed and Breakfast
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The Kingdom of Lesotho sits at more than 1000m above sea level and gives this small country its other name, the "Kingdom in the Sky". This luxurious lodge offers a tranquil retreat set in a pristine high altitude, sub alpine wilderness valley deep in the north of Lesotho`s breath-taking Maluti and Drakensburg Mountains. The lodge is situated within the borders of Tsehlanyane National Park, a four and a half hour drive from Johannesburg and six hours from Durban on tarred roads.

Maliba River Lodge is a self-catering retreat set in a pristine wilderness valley deep in the north of Lesotho`s breath-taking Maluti and Drakensberg Mountains. The lodge offers four cosy and modern fully serviced accommodation and is situated right on the clear waters of the Tsehlanyane River. Each River lodge can accommodate up to 8 people. It is perfect for families, groups of friends or even couples that want an affordable getaway where they can relax in peace and serenity. The main lodge features a gourmet restaurant and bistro, two bars with quiet discreet areas to relax in with views of the surrounding mountains.

Guests have a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape on horseback, go hiking along the various mountain trails, enjoy a visit to the cultural village or indulge a masage from at the Maliba spa. Maliba Lodge also offers a kids club to keep your little ones entertained.

Accommodation at Maliba River Lodge:
There are 4 double story large stone and thatch river lodges that have 4 bedrooms each and can accommodate up to 8 people. The lodges are located on a Scenic riverbank within the national park about 1 km from the main lodge. The lodges are self catering and come with fully equipped kitchens. A breakage deposit fee of R500 will be charged on checkin and is subject to a full refund upon checkout.

Facilities and Services:
- Open Fire-Place
- Webber BBQ
- Fully Serviced
- Equipped Kitchen
- Electric Blankets
- Electronic Safe
- Open Lounge
- Towels and linen

Clothing and Accessories:
* Walking shoes
* Warm clothes
* Valid Passport
* Camera/binoculars
* Sun cream
* Food and drinks (there are limited options once in Lesotho)
Health and Climate:
The climate of TNP, like high altitude areas elsewhere in Lesotho, is characterized by extremes of temperature, precipitation and wind speed.
As might be expected from the altitude of the park, temperatures are generally low, even in summer.
Considerable variations occur with changes in altitude and aspect.
North-facing slopes are generally warmer (and have different slope gradients) than south –facing slopes, which are generally cooler.
This is as a result of differences in incoming radiation.
Steep south-facing slopes are especially cold in winter because they receive little direct sun and are often shaded by surrounding mountains.
Activities:

* Hiking
* Horse riding
* 4x4 routes
* Swimming
* Bird watching
* Rock climbing
* Village and cultural visits
* Snow activities (seasonal)
* Lesotho attractions nearby
* Dinosaur Footprint Tours
* Massages
* Archery

Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellation more than 30 days prior to date of travel- No Charge
- Cancellation less than 30 days prior to arrival - 25% Cancellation Fee
- Cancellation less than 14 days prior to arrival - 50% Cancellation Fee
- Cancellation less than 7 days prior to arrival - 100% Cancellation Fee
Facilities & Services available:
Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Spa
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Tswana / Sotho
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding

Maliba River Lodge is a Self-Catering and Bed and Breakfast in Butha-Buthe Butha-Buthe Lesotho
Directions:

From Johannesburg:
- Head out of Jhb on N3 and turn off at Villiers south along the R26 which
takes you to Bethlehem and Fouriesburg.

- From Fouriesburg junction take the junction to Caledonspoort Border post. 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 road off to your left. (There is a Maliba sign board here)
Take a left turn here onto a generally good but sometimes bumpy scenic dirt road and travel 32km until you reach Tsehlanyane National Park.

- Once inside the park follow the signs for Maliba Lodge

- Our site is set on the river to the right. Check in at the main lodge at the higher level.

- Approx time from Border post to Maliba is 1 hour

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Rooms and Units Available at Maliba River Lodge

Cottage
Double storey, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kicthen, dining room, deck
Sleeps 8 Adults

Latest Reviews
I liked their service, the staff was professional and made sure you got everything you needed. The place is very beautiful and would probably visit again. Even though they are still working on restoring some part of the lodge, that did not have a negative impact on how they dealt with the guests. I had a very good experience, quiet and peaceful.
Philile Gumede Oct 2013