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Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho   |  
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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“What a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We toured Lesotho and arrived at the Maliba Mountain Lodge. What a beautiful location, the friendliest staff we have experienced, excellent food and amazing good value. What a change to be offered salmon, smoked tout, french onion soup, duck, ostrich, belly pork instead of the usual boring fillet steak. Everything was perfectly cooked with delicious sauces and on hot plates. We could not find fault with the place. This is the first time that I have ever written a review but felt that I really must say something. We stayed in the River Lodge houses which are situated down the hill from the main lodge. The location was great with fantastic views. We had a four bedroom house for the two of us, such a luxury to have space, a lounge to sit in, kitchen to make drinks, fireplace if you want to cook ( don't get your meals included, they were so good! you are on holiday) and underfloor heating if it is cold. There are several hikes to do to numerous waterfalls and pools, all signposted and maps are given for free.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

My husband and I spent a weekend at the Maliba River Lodge. The service was excellent. We had dinner at the hotel one night and the food was very good. However, we were very disappointed with the accommodation. Our bed was very lumpy to the extent that I woke up with bad back pains on both nights. The sheets were old and stained. We have stayed at rustic getaways before in national parks in South Africa, including Kruger but those places were half the price of the river lodge. The accommodation is decent, but for the amount we paid (almost R1500 a night) we were unhappy with the quality we received.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MalibaFox, Guest Relations Manager at Maliba River Lodge, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Expat T

Thank you for your feedback on our River lodge.

We are sorry to hear about the linen and bedding. We have chatted to our River lodge manager about these factors.We do pride ourselves on our linen and bedding quality and update them regularly. The River lodge chalets sleep a max of 8 people sharing and therefore,
in your case per person would have been high.

We have other accommodation that is better suited for couples and we hope to have you return to these one day.

Kind Regards
Dwain, Nicola and Chris
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Lennik
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Very nice and impressive location. Lots of hiking opportunities.
We visited mid-September and - as there is no heating in the bathroom - it was rather cold.
Had dinner one night at the boma (outdoors) due to a conference taking place at the same time. Outside temperature was 5°C: much too cold!
However, staff was very friendly and helpful. All in all positive and enjoyable experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

The road to maliba was one filled with extraordinary magical sights , the people , the landscape the rolling mountains and hills was breathtaking.What an absolute jewel ...the maliba river Lodge presented itself in all its natural beauty. Our accommodation was excellent and far exceeded our expectations. Our balcony opened up into a gorge with a river as our garden ...WOW!!!. We were surrounded by mountain ,river and fresh air , nothing more pleasant and calming having the sound of running water as our background mantra. Another highlight was the horse back trek into the mountains and experiencing the vastness of the place. maliba a place I will revisit.....a humbling experience.

Room Tip: River lodge accommodation if you like the sound of running water....
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Lovely 5 days spent in the majestic mountains!
The snow was an absolute bonus!
Will recommend to any one!

The ski resort is just a bit to far to visit more than once.
Not the kilos - the time it takes to get there!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Maliba Lodge offers amazing value for money accommodation. The entire lodge team are awesome! Service is fantastic, from the cleaners to security. It's no wonder that you guys have won the Trip Advisor of the Year award, twice :-). Thank you especially to Judith - you rock!
The weather played along well - snowed beautifully and transformed the holiday into a winter wonderland.

Room Tip: Anywhere along the river is awesome.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Fremantle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Awesome views, great trekking and really friendly staff. One of the best places I have stayed in Africa.

Swimming in the rock pool and sitting on the deck looking out on the mountains were the highlights of this place for me. The only thing I wish I had done differently was to bring some charcoal for the Braai. Make sure you bring everything you need as it is self catering. Location wise the river huts and the mountain lodge are slightly better placed but the river lodge has all the amenities we wanted and the price was right.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Additional Information about Maliba River Lodge

Address: Tsehlanyane National Park 400, Lesotho
Location: Lesotho > Butha-Buthe District > Tsehlanyane National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Tsehlanyane National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Based within the borders of Tsehlanyane National Park, Maliba River Lodges are self catering retreats set in a pristine wilderness valley deep in the North of Lesotho's breathtaking Maluti/Drakensberg Mountains and only 4½ hours from Johannesburg. The River Lodges offer modern, self catering and serviced accommodation which is perfect for larger families, groups of friends or even couples that want an affordable getaway where they can relax in peace and serenity. Activities include hiking, pony trekking, 4x4 trails, skiing at Afriski, birding, swimming in natural rock pools and community visits.Gourmet meals, bar facilities and internet access is available at the Mountain lodge which is on the same property. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Maliba River Lodge Lesotho/Tsehlanyane National Park

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