Stayed at the River Lodge for 2 nights and 2 days. Party of 5 that fitted comfortably into the cosy and well equipped River Lodges. Arrival on late Friday evening, we were greeted with a ready and welcoming reception outside in the cold by Crystal. We were offered drinks in the bar in the main lodge before we were handed paperwork to check in.
The lodge was by the river and was well equipped down to mugs and toaster and bottle opener and a large fridge and even a webber (barbecue griller) on the patio/dec that faced the river. Both the deck and balcony of the upper room had coffee table and chairs. The rooms, we pleasantly found that ALL beds were equipped with electric blankets! We all concluded it was very good comfort for the price per night between 5 people. Definitely charming, with stone construction and wooden beams/floorboards/stairway and thatched straw roof and all!!
Daniel was our guide for both the Basotho Horse ride and local Cultural visit. It was my first time on a horse, and so the steep and more difficult terrain was not chosen (Thanks Daniel!). One of the horses we were on was a stallion and one of the females was in heat so they kept wanting to mate. Daniel had to control the horse and swap out his calmer horse for the stallion. He handled the situation very well. The cultural visit was to a nearby village where we had the best time. The children were playful and Daniel waited for us as we played and took pictures with the children. This was definitely the best part of the weekend, and was a service provided free by Maliba Lodge, which is extremely generous and a great initiative in promoting cultural awareness.
The main lodge is culturally stylish and serves meals, for which we ate breakfast and dinner. The continental breakfast was good, self service, a selection of fresh fruit, granola, cornflakes, cold meats (proscuitio, shaved bilton, salmon pate of some sort, and i believe there was sliced churico etc), mini crossants/scons/danish with jams and honey and mustard. They also had polenta cakes (kinda like polenta hash browns) which we loved. Coffee & Tea was available, though this was not self serviced and we wished it was as the staff took a little longer than we would have liked to have coffee served alongside breakfast.
We were looking forward to the dinner as the pictures on the website looked delicious. This was the only thing that was not beyond our expectation of this establishment. While the food was good, it was not as outstanding as it looked on the website pictures. The menu was limited, and the portions on the smaller end. Perhaps we would have liked it more if it was less fine dine style so that there could have been more variety to choose from the menu, but again, this might have been a logistics thing as it is quite remote.
Overall, a very good relaxing weekend. The main lodge has a beautiful deck patio to chill out on, and one lower one that has an outdoor fireplace. We spent time on both and it was super relaxing for out team of 5 working in South Africa (team consisted of people from Sydney, Boston, Idaho, Atlanta and Virgina). I have posted photos as I think it is definitely worth a visit. Even though a fire has swept through and all the vegetation is regrowing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maliba River Lodge is a self-catering retreat set in a pristine wilderness valley deep in the north of Lesotho's breath-taking Maluti and Drakensberg Mountains. The lodge offers four cosy and modern fully serviced accommodation and is situated right on the clear waters of the Ts’ehlanyane River. Each River lodge can accommodate up to 8 people. It is perfect for families, groups of friends or even couples that want an affordable getaway where they can relax in peace and serenity. The main lodge features a gourmet restaurant & bistro, two bars with quiet discreet areas to relax in with views of the surrounding mountains. Guests have a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape on horseback, go hiking along the various mountain trails, enjoy a visit to the cultural village or indulge a massage from at the Maliba spa. Maliba Lodge also offers a kids club to keep your little ones entertained. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maliba River Lodge Lesotho/Tsehlanyane National Park