MALEALEA LODGE offers excellent accommodation in Lesotho and has been selected by

Lonely Planet travel guides 2012 as one of the Top Ten Best Value Destinations from around the world.
Camping, budget forest & basotho huts, farmhouse en-suite to more comfortable en-suite rondavels and rooms

"Malealea is perfect for a 2 or 3 night stay in Lesotho when en-route from Johannesburg to Cape Town, East London or Port Elizabeth and en-route from the Drakensberg or Durban to Graaff-Reinett. With the sparkling waterfalls and mountainous terrain it is a perfect one stop destination for a relaxing and adventurous holiday.

Explore this beautiful mountainous country with one day or overnight pony treks, hiking, mountain biking and a number of other activities. Lesotho has got something to offer everyone. Come explore Lesotho and enjoy the culture of Basotho people.

Malealea is a gateway to Lesotho providing excellent Lesotho accommodation for a perfect ending to your Lesotho Trip from Sani Pass. East West South or North."
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Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Center has been named a Malealea Best Value Establishment on AccommoDirect

Mountain Biking

Venture into the mountains on various mountain biking trails to suit all levels of abilities from comfortable to extreme. Ride on single tracks, gravel roads, climbs and descents with spectacular views. Malealea lodge is home to the Monster MTB Challenge which is held annually in April.

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Pony Treks

No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek. It is the transport of choice for most Basotho as the sturdy ponies handle the narrow trails better than any 4X4 can. On your trek you will experience “THE REAL AFRICA”.

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Test your driving skills. There are many routes around Malealea that each lead to someplace exciting. Some routes are perfect for normal vehicles and normal drivers. Others need to be tackled with a 4×4 and by experienced drivers only.

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"Wayfarer, Pause and Look Upon
A Gateway of Paradise"
Inscription in the rock by Mervyn Bosworth-Smith, founder of Malealea, Trading Station in the early 1900's - now Malealea Lodge.

Lesotho is a world without fences. Breathtaking scenery abounds and every season has unique attractions. Malealea Lodge is run by the Jones Family, Mick & Di Jones both born in Lesotho and credited with more local knowledge than anyone. Jacqui, Glenn and Debbie Jones grew up in Lesotho and Michael Deutschmann have joined the team. Various Basotho Children's choirs and a Local Basotho Band, using their local home-made instruments, entertain the guests in the evenings around a campfire.

The Royal Hotel

Founded in the 1880s, the Royal Hotel combines all that's best in traditional South African hospitality with a keen understanding of modern needs.

Ensuite convenience and enterprising cuisine. Access to a huge private library and record collection with service standards modelled on an ocean liner. Bethulie's Royal Hotel is an experience to savour and treasure.

Whether travelling from Cape Town or PE to Lesotho, the Royal Hotel is a must. Find more information HERE.

The route starts at Sephapo's Gate in the west (south of the town of Wepener) and crosses the Maluti Mountain's various ranges to finish at Sani Top (The top of Rafolatsane's Pass, more precisely). The whole voyage takes fifteen days of walking if the weather permits, to cover 302km. Two rest days are made at Malealea Lodge and at Semonkong Lodge. The last section is a nine day walk, camping at altitudes often above 2500m in some of the most beautiful river valleys in Africa; The Senqunyane, The Mantsonyane, The Lesobeng, The Khokhoba,The Senqu, The Majoe Matso, The Pitsaneng.

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Malealea Development Trust

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Overnight treks
  • These Outings range from 1 hour to six days or longer: tailor-made to your requirements.
  • The treks are usually about 7 hours each day. No riding experience is necessary.
  • The huts and horses are hired from the Basotho people in remote areas.
Daily Activities
  • Pre-School Visit
  • Local Museum and overnight stay for 2-4 people can be arranged
  • Village Walk and Vegetable Garden Visit
  • Soil erosion reclamation projects
  • Hiking Trails, Pony Treks and MTB
  • Sangoma Appointment
  • Children's Choir and Band (Evenings)
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