Welcome to Malealea

Lonely Planet rates Lesotho as one of the top 10 best value destinations in the world for 2012

Malealea has been voted one of the top 10 destinations in the world by Lonely Planet“Malealea Lodge is a century-old trading post transformed into a well-run lodge with pony treks and good meals.
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Malealea offers Lesotho in a nutshell


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Lesotho is a world without fences. Breathtaking scenery abounds and every season has unique attractions. Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breathtaking in its beauty. This is a chance to experience traditional Basotho life.

Malealea is perfect for a 2 or 3 night stay en-route from Johannesburg to Cape Town, East London or Port Elizabeth and en-route from the Drakensberg to Graaff-Reinett.
For an ideal stopover between Lesotho and the Cape, visit the Royal Hotel in Bethulie on Lake Gariep in the southern Free State.

Malealea Lodge is run by the owners, the Jones family. They are credited with more local knowledge than anyone. Various Basotho children’s choirs and a local Basotho music band using their local homemade instruments entertain the guests in the evenings around a campfire.

Family and child friendly

Children of all ages are welcome. ┬áThere is children’s play area with jungle gym and trampoline, swimming pool, tennis court, games room, coffee shop, bar with DSTV and a small curio shop. Children can also go on pony rides.

Lesotho adventures at Malealea

Lesotho adventures start at Malealea. Explore the area around Malealea on day outings and overnight treks. We can arrange companions to accompany your trip. They will introduce you to local chiefs and help to locate camping sites and ensure your safety.

  • Pony trekking at Malealea

    No visit to Lesotho would be incomplete 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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  • Daytrips at Malealea

    Get the feel of life in a Basotho village by taking a walk around the village. Visit the local museum, pre-school, garden project and consult the traditional healer.
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  • Mountain biking trails

    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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  • Day hikes, pony treks and scenic drives

    There are a number of options available to those who want to explore the mountains and valleys around Malealea. First, decide if you want to walk or ride. Then head off to see waterfalls, canyons, rockpools, bushmen paintings and other stunning views. Hikers can take the “donkey work” out of backpacking by hiring horses to carry their luggage.
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  • Overnight pony trek & hiking trails routes

    Explore remote Lesotho on longer treks and hiking trails. Accommodation is provided in huts hired from the Basotho people in remote areas. No riding experience is necessary for overnight treks. Basotho Guides and a packhorse accompany the treks.
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  • Scenic drives

    Test your driving skills. There are many routes around Malealea that each lead to somplace 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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