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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous high country. Amazing meals. Incredible hiking at super low cost through valleys that are breathtaking. Extremely friendly. Great bar area. A wonderful place and worth renting a car to be able to visit.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The Malealea Lodge team go out of their way to make you feel part of the community. All of the activities benefit the local community by employing local people as guides and staff so you really get a feel for the place first hand. We did two hikes, one half day and one full day, both were absolutely stunning. We... More 

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Malealea L, Public Relations Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. More 

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82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with a tour group We stayed in the mudhuts which were so quirky and had good kitchen facilities and fire area The bar was also good with a large tv and great decor with the hats from the ceiling This place does so much to help the lical community. The men and boys help on the pony trekking, there... More 

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Malealea L, Public Relations Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Rachel Thank you for your glowing review. I would just like to clarify the comment you made relating to the condition of the Basotho ponies. The Basotho ponies are all locally owned by members of the Malealea Pony Trekking Association. Malealea Lodge in conjunction with the Malealea Development Trust provide supplementary feed and arranges training workshops for the pony... More 

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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I spent there a weekend with two of my friends, arriving on saturday morning. The accomodation is clean and cozy with bathroom. We went on a hike guided by a local. I suggest to hire a guide because they know the shortest ways with the best views and not expensive at all. Also, dont forget to take a shower in... More 

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Malealea L, Public Relations Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your nice review. We are happy to see you had a good stay and hope you'll visit us again in the near future More 

London, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Outrageously good views from every room. A long drive on tricky roads leads to this marvellous lodge, overlooking the mountains in central Lesotho. Through the fittingly named gates of paradise, this lodge is a haven of tranquillity. Peacocks and other birds abound inside the grounds, there are plentiful hiking and pony trekking trails with cheap local guides and 500 year... More 

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Malealea L, Public Relations Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Alex Thank you for reviewing Malealea and we are happy you had a good stay with us. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Though this lodge might not be able to compete with the other popular lodges of Southern Africa in terms of Luxury or style, what it comes loaded with is character. And that is the very reason why this is considered as an institution in Lesotho. A Backpacker's legendary hangout, it is a great place to connect with other interesting travelers... More 

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Malealea L, Public Relations Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your very concise review and sharing of information which is very accurate and useful for other guests. More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing place! definitely worth a visit! Don't miss out the choir and the band! You can do many activities there and even if is cold the place can be very cosy! There is a nice bar.. We enjoyed ourselves in some nice amarula during the afternoon

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Treviso, Italy
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20 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

I spent a great day with a guide from Malealea Lodge! He showed to me and my friends the rock polls of Malealea with professionalism and patience. The place is not so easy to reach, you have to hike, walk, run but it was very funny and our guide was ready to help us in every time. Anyway, I suggest... More 

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The only cold attitude between all of these friendly staff is that of this snowman we build next to our hut with a great view of these snow covered mountains. And then to top it all of we had way to much well prepared food during dinner and spoilt with a traditional breakfast. . Please keep your great service up... More 

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Malealea L, Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your complimentary review and we look forward to seeing you back at Malealea in the near future. More 

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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We did not know what to expect going to Lesotho. But Malealea opened our eyes. It is remote, surrounded by beautiful mountains. The people are poor but they are incredibly friendly. The children will melt your heart. The visit to the village school house and orphanage was humbling. If you go, do not forget to bring clothes to donate. Our... More 

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Malealea L, Manager at Malealea Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Chenit Thank you for your glowing response. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Malealea and we look forward to seeing you back in the near future. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Malealea offers Lesotho in a nutshell. Mountain Bikes, Hikes & pony treks & village walks, range from 1 hour to 6 days or longer, where you can overnight en-route in Basotho villages. A local band, using their homemade instruments, entertains guests in the evenings. Malealea is a perfect base to enter Lesotho before travelling various routes across the country. Malealea is situated in a remote and rural village, experiencing peace & tranquility - a real time warp. Directions: Drive 60 km south from Maseru , or coming from Mafeteng, drive 26 kms north, Turn at the Matelile, Qaba signpost at Motsekuao taxi corner. Drive 10 kms, fork right, drive 15 kms, turn left and drive over "The Gates of Paradise Pass" on the last 7 kms of gravel road to Malealea Lodge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Malealea Lodge

Address: Malealea 0922, Lesotho
Region: Lesotho > Mafeteng District > Malealea
Price Range: $32 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
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“Ask for a traditional round hut with ensuite bath.”
 of 5 bubbles chenitf, 29 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Just let Jacki know when you book what you prefer - they are very helpful to provide”
 of 5 bubbles Z8348BLdanielb, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Beautiful rondavels set amongst the beauty that Lesotho has to offer.”
 of 5 bubbles nmandroski, 17 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Lot of rooms are somewhat jaded and the resort needs to start on refurbishment in phases real soon”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Chalet No. 5 was great - double bed + a single bed, a little away from the others and a view of the mountains”
 of 5 bubbles 234beatrice, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
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