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Maliba Mountain Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   -, Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho   |  
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Tranqil start to New Year”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

We made use of the mid week special at Maliba Mountain Lodge as a treat before the hectic new yea began and had an amazing time. Even though it was rainy for most of the time we still managed a few great walks and were never claustraphobic.

The only mechanical sound we heard was a bakkie on one day, otherwise the rain and the sound of the river lulled us to sleep every night, and birds made charming background noise during the day. The view is incredible and keeps changing as the mist lifts, shifts and comes down again. We lay in the day beds on our patio wrapped up in blankets and just watched the view constantly changing for a whole afternoon.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stayed for three nights at Maliba Mountain Lodge in December 2010 and we enjoyed it to its best. Unfortunately the rainy weather didn't allow to have some hikes in the surrounding mountains. Therefore we could concentrate on the "inner" amenities of the Lodge: great common lounge, fantastic deck, gorgeous huts, excellent food, attending service. To keep it short: Maliba Mountain Lodge is simply brilliant. We'll be back (when the rain has gone).

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

Myself and my husband stayed at the Maliba Mountain Lodge for 2 nights in September in their Honeymoon Suite. The lodge offers a real break-away for anyone who want to escape to the amazing Lesotho mountain scenery. The lodge only has a limited amount of accommodation, which ensures that you will always feel secluded and never over-crowded. The honeymoon suite is very romantic and is located higher than the other chalets and offers a breathtaking view of the mountains. The chalets are extremely spacious - as you would expect from a 5 star lodge and has all the 5 star extras we expected and more. Even the bathroom rails can be heated so you do not have to use a cold towel. There is also under-floor heating and the big oval jet-bath offers amazing views over the mountain. You can order your meals to your room should you wish, or dine in their luxury restaurant. The food was totally one of our highlights. It was amazing in value and variety. We surely miss the great food a lot! While it should be noted that the lodge is very secluded, there are still a few activities you can do for the more active traveller. We did a hike to the black pool and thoroughly enjoyed it! The only thing I would caution future travellers to Maliba Mountain Lodge, is to make sure your car's license disk is still valid as there are a lot of police checking this in the small towns and you will be fined and forced to go to court to pay the fine if this has expired - even if your disk is still valid in SA a few days after expiry date! But other than that Lesotho is amazing and everything at Maliba Mountain Lodge was 5 star value - from the accommodation, the food, the views, service levels, staff was very helpful and just the total experience in general was everything we had hoped for and more! We would highly recommend this lodge for a romantic secluded mountain break! They also have regular great value specials! We just loved everything! We cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

For the tired and stressed this place is the perfect medicine. Great food, the service was friendly. The location is mind blowing (if you like mountains). We were there just after the bush fire which meant the landscape was a bit damaged but that is the nature of nature.
Starry nights and bubbling river sounds sooth you to sleep.
Ill be back, when I can afford it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

We booked a three night package intended to be the highlight of our honeymoon, spoilt luxurious pampering in style. The main lodge is incredible, as was our room which was well designed and beautifully furnished. We had a very nice evening meal, although it did seem veeeery quiet....
The hotel had contacted us to say there had been bush fires in the area the week before, and "some of the hiking trails aren't useable" so did we still want to come? Can't say we weren't warned but you'd reasonably expect all the fires to be out by the time we got there 5 days later.
Long story short, the next morning we went to see the local village and school - mainly as there was no point going for a walk in the charred remains of the local area - and noticed quite a lot of smoke in the bush 200m from the hotel. On return we could see this again from the reception car park, and saw the flames leap 20m high. "I think there's a problem" said me to the vastly experienced 22 year old manageress."No problem it's fine" she said. Then one of the guest lodges roof went up in flames. I would have expected madam to swing into action at this point - she went back to painting chairs whilst those that knew what they were doing tried to put the fire out. And while we went and packed. This is a really nice hotel just a shame it's been badly designed - no fire breaks, leaking fire hoses, one way in / out - and run by two clearly inexperienced managers.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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MalibaFox, Owner at Maliba Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, January 3, 2011
We are extremely sorry that you had to cut your honeymoon short on account of the fire. Maliba Lodge aims to always provide the highest level of service to our guests. Due to the remote location of the Lodge, midweek is generally quiet, even more so since we advised guests regarding the bush fires the previous week.

The fire that swept through the park only a week previously, was a major emergency situation that got quickly out of control. The Ts’ehlanyane National Park is the largest park in Lesotho and although the fire had run its course there was bound to be a few smouldering areas around.

Firebreaks are part of the Lesotho Parks yearly fire prevention duties. Unfortunately for all concerned, the breaks didn’t prove effective in controlling the spread of the fire. Our emergency management plan has been reformulated so that, should a similar situation occur in future, staff are better equipped to deal with the emergency.

The Lodge has a young and vibrant management team, as capable as they are, this was the first major emergency that they had to face and it tested all the staff to their limits. The fact that the Lodge escaped the fire bares testimony to their efforts.

The manager sought alternate accommodation on the guest’s behalf before they departed the Lodge in expectation that the remainder of their honeymoon remained one to remember.

Should you decide on a second honeymoon sometime in the future, we would whole heartedly love to welcome you back to Maliba, as Lesotho can be the highlight of any African holiday and ensure that it would indeed be a time to remember, for all the right reasons this time.
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Sandton, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Getting to Maliba was an absolute pleasure, the road has now been tarred making the drive to the lodge a pleasure. Service very personalised, extra effort to meet guests requirements

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maseru, Lesotho
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

We had a wonderful time during our stay. The hospitality was outstanding and our room was beautiful. We felt so comfortable. The landscape is beautiful and makes each room very private.

Absolutely amazing stay. Will definitely be back

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Tsehlanyane National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Maliba Mountain Lodge 5*
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
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