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Maliba Mountain Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho   |  
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Awesome views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

A truly unforgettable location. Awesome value for money. Service needs a little polish but the overall staff attitude and friendliness overrides most issues.

Go there now!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

An amazing place full of wonderful people!

The border crossing into Lesotho was smooth and hassle free and the drive to the Lodge very pleasant as we passed picturesque villages, one after the other, full of smiling, waving kids and grown-ups, going about their business tending donkeys and cows amid fields of maize.

The resort itself is in an absolutely breathtaking location and the buildings sympathetically sit mimicking the silhouettes of the mountains. We were expected and welcomed very warmly and shown directly to our table, set for lunch. At the time of booking online I had mentioned it was my husband's birthday and that evening as we arrived to the restaurant for dinner we were shown to our own separate private, balcony overlooking the valley, complete with complimentary bubbly, our own fire pit and fairy lights all around! Magical stuff . We finished the evening with toddies of old cognac and feet perched on the wood fire pit, wrapped in Lesotho traditional blankets with heads tilted back looking to the stars.

We travel a lot and there are some things that are particularly important to us and we were impressed by in the Maliba Lodge.The food - as good as it looks on the website - good food cooked with a very high level of skill and excellent presentation. The bed and bedroom - gorgeous, African, sumptuous. An activity of interest - the horse trek very enjoyable - experienced guide, exciting track on the upper levels, and most importantly, a very good saddle so we weren't too sore the next day!

I've never written a review on Trip Advisor before, not because i don't check it, just because life is busy but - I felt compelled to compliment the owners and staff at Maliba Lodge. Well done!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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45 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

We were fortunate to stay at both, the river chalets and the lodge.
River Chalets:
Great design and facilities - Small comfortable rooms. Modern kitchen facilities- Weber barbecue available on the balcony.. The sound of the river right in front is wonderful and relaxing. The rock pools and scenery make for endless exciting exploring.
Lodge Chalets:
Absolutely wonderfully stylish rooms. Great big 4 poster bed. Huge shower and bath with a mountain view. Inside fireplace with comfy chairs and private balcony with stunning views.
The facilities in the main lodge are also great.
Rose was the 'hostess' who welcomed and looked after us in a very friendly and professional manner.
The only down side was the food. The lunch and dinner were not great at all and this will need to be addressed to allow the lodge to become a truelly great overall experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

A lovely place with excellent mountain view. Superb service and excellent food. We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary which happen to be on Valentine's day. The treatment was extra special, with a "romantic getdown" specially prepared for us in our room on our first night. The 6 course meal was fantastic, and all the suprises and treats that happenned during our stay made our anniversay extra special. I will remember it for many more years to come. I will definately visit the Maliba mountain lodge again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

At least part of our Maliba Lodge experience was the journey through the Golden Gate, and a night in Clarens before reaching our destination. The drive through sandstone cliffs lit by the late afternoon golden light is a photographer's dream and not to be missed by enthusiastic 'snappers.' The magnificent scenery continues all the way to lodge with many more photo opportunities as long as you have tame driver who will stop for you!
The situation of the lodge, nestled in a valley between the mountains, is breathtaking and is a view that can be seen from the verandah of every suite and most especially from the deck of the main building. We had a friendly welcome from all the staff, and it was quite clear that they all work at the lodge with a deep sense of pride. Every duty is performed with a genuine smile and that one aspect alone sets Maliba apart from other lodges where the staff can seem cold and unconcerned about the quality of their service.
Activites - well, at best you can sit, chill and admire the view (or take photos as the light on the mountains changes a 100 times a day) or for the more energetic, take a pony ride, a hike along one of the many walks to waterfalls and other view sites or a swim in one of the natural pools. So take a book, a camera, sun screen and walking shoes and that just about covers it.. Oh yes, and, dont worry about keeping warm in the colder months. Every beautifully appointed room is complete with underfloor heating, as well as a fireplace, electric blankets and a heated towel rail. And...I haven't mentioned the food. Well, the most discerning diner will not be disappointed here either as the meals prepared by the chefs is an experience in itself. Nearly every meal is a work of art - in fact you're not sure whether to eat it or photograph it - I did both.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durbanville, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Even though Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa- it feels like a totally different country! The stunning scenery started at Sterkfontein Dam all the way up the mountains. You think it cannot get better.....and then you find Maliba lodge-wow. A beautiful luxury lodge right in the mountains. From the smiley faces of the staff, the delicious food, the view from our suite, to the sore bums after the horse ride- we loved it all. Thank you to Rose and her team for making it so special.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

What a surprise to find something so extraordinary - we were just looking for a place to spend two nights somewhere not too far from Jhb, and we found Maliba Lodge by chance on the internet. What a way to start the year. Even all the rain never spoilt it for us. The views are magnificent, the service and accommodation outstanding and the food wonderful. Although we try never to go back to the same place twicw, we just have to go back in winter.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho
Location: Lesotho > Butha-Buthe District > Tsehlanyane National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tsehlanyane National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Maliba Mountain Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep in the North of Lesotho's breathtaking Maluti / Drakensburg Mountains, the 5 Star Maliba Mountain Lodge offers a luxurious tranquil retreat set in a pristine national park. Guests can relax in one of the 6 spacious Basotho-style suites, enjoy scenic mountain vistas from private balconies and enjoy the pampering service of the friendly staff. The main lodge features a Gourmet restaurant and bar with quiet discreet areas to relax in front of the fire places and discuss the day’s events. Guests have a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape from horseback, hiking along the various mountain trails, visiting the cultural village or enjoying a massage from your private deck. Join us for an unforgettable adventure and experience the “Kingdom in the sky”. ... more   less 
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Maliba Mountain Hotel Tsehlanyane National Park
Maliba Mountain Lodge Lesotho/Tsehlanyane National Park

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