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About Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre

Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho, breathtaking in its beauty and a chance to experience traditional Basotho life. Perfect for a 2 or 3 night stay from Johannesburg en-route to Cape Town, East London or Port Elizabeth. Lesotho is a world without fences. Breathtaking scenery abounds and every season has unique attractions. This is a chance to experience traditional Basotho life. The owners, Jones family, run Malealea Lodge. 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.Outings range from 1 hour to 6 days or longer tailor-made to your requirements. Overnight 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. The huts are very basic and are equipped with a gas cooker, cooking and eating utensils, mattresses on the floor. On trek you experience "The Real Africa". The trails traverse spectacular mountain passes and some of Lesotho's highest waterfalls exploring Bushman paintings and experiencing "Basotho culture". Basotho Guides and a packhorse accompany the treks. Treks and trails are tailor made to suit your requirements. All is flexible and can be arranged at a moments notice. Local Museum and School Visit. Village Walks and Garden Project. Sangoma - Traditional Healer appointment. Local Children Choir and Band.Day Hikes and Pony Treks: Botsoela Waterfall Hike, Pony Trek or Scenic Drive The Pitseng Canyon and Rockpool Hike The Bushman Paintings and Echo Cave Hike or Pony Trek The "Gates of Paradise Pass" hike along the ridge of the Matelile Ridge Hikers: Take the "donkey work" out of backpacking by hiring horses to carry your luggage.Overnight Pony Trek and; Hiking Trails Routes: The Ribaneng Waterfall Trek - 2 days and 1 night in a village The Ribaneng and Mountain Pass Trek 3 days and 2 nights in villages. The Ribaneng and Ketane Waterfall Trek - 4 days and 3 nights in villages. The Ribaneng, Ketane and Maletsunyane Trek - 5 days and 4 nights in villages Ribaneng, Ketane and Maletsunyane Trek - 6 days and 5 nights in villages Lesotho adventures start at Malealea, exploring the day outings before travelling across the country. Companions can be arranged at Malealea to accompany your trip, introducing you to local chiefs, helping in locating night camping sites, and ensuring your safety.

  • Response Rate: 91%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 21 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 226
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 13 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Camping Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 20
    from R260 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • Rondawels Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 18 4 of the Rondawels can accommodate 3 the rest only 2
        from R840 For 2 guests
        • Rooms Adults
          • Farmhouse Rooms Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 16 One of the rooms can accommodate four but mainly two. Features:  En-suite, Mountain views, Self-catering, Garden views, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms
            from R670 For 2 guests
            • Rooms Adults
              • Forest Huts Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 9
                from R400 For 2 guests
                • Rooms Adults
                  • Basotho huts Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5
                    from R460 For 2 guests
                    • Rooms Adults

                      Reviews for Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre

                      13 guest reviews Reviews of

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                      Jeremy Marx
                      07 October 2017

                      Nice place for a weekend away but they definitely cater to big groups and the staff pay little attention to solo/couple travelers.

                      Martli de Jager
                      16 August 2017

                      Beautiful setting, but pricey meals and the portions are small. Also only received one blanket in the cold winter and we were notified that we could rent heaters... Basic needs and comfort comes at a price at Malealea.

                      Florence Parmentier
                      28 June 2017

                      Maybe not the best place to go in witerExtra cost for heater!Dark before electricity come up no electricity when we left at 7.30am Expensive meal at R160 per person witjput option for smaller meal or végétarien mealsMaybe the weather was rubbing on everybody mood.. Extra cost for band extra cost for choir extra cost for wifi

                      Herbert Fertl, South Africa
                      16 October 2016

                      We enjoyed again the relaxed atmosphere and the friendy people of Malealea. It has been our second visit and we hope to come again.

                      Robin Cooper, England
                      25 February 2016

                      Malealea is renowned as a special place, and do it is difficult to add to the plaudits.  So why only 4 stars.  Just minor things; it is a minor inconvenience that electricity is only available 4hrs a day, but that is manageable.  There seems some uncertainty as to whether the water is drinkable, and the self-catering kitchen can be stretched with groups, which are common visitors.  Yet this is probably nitpicking, and the commitment to the community is exceptionalRobin

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                      Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre Map

                      Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre is 4.4km from the centre of Malealea , the nearest airport 41.7km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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                      (74 km from Malealea)

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