January 2011 Edition 6

The Blanket Wrap - Lesotho News and Views

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About Lesotho


Current News


4x4 Adventures


Picture of the Month


What's on in December

“Lesotho (le-soo-too) is Africa’s ‘kingdom in the sky’. Stunningly beautiful, nestled island-like in the middle of South Africa... ”

- Lonely Planet

Welcome to this edition of The Blanket Wrap

Happy New year everyone and welcome to the 6th edition of Blanket Wrap. The newsletter where you are kept up-to-date with all the news and views of the magnificent mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

For many visitors, pony trekking is a fantastic way for seeing the beautiful countryside of Lesotho. So this month we take a look at the Basotho pony.

We congratulate Maliba Mountain Lodge on their award at the 2010 HICA awards.

And provide some information for all those adventurous souls out there who enjoy camping. Find out where to pitch your tent and what to take with you.

If you would like to know more about a particular subject in our future newsletters, please send the editor a quick email with your requests.

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About Lesotho

Basotho Blankets

The Basotho Pony

The horse is a source of pride in Lesotho and the Basotho are renowned as a nation of horsemen.

For generations, the sure-footed Basotho pony has been bred as the ideal form of transport in the rugged mountains. Even today, the pony is still the most effective means of reaching the more inaccessible mountain villages.

Pony trekking holidays on the hardy Basotho ponies are immensely popular and a fantastic way of exploring Lesotho's beautiful rugged terrain as the bridle paths that criss-cross Lesotho are barely wide enough for vehicles but the ponies effortlessly dodge obstacles and loose rocks.

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Current News

Sehlabathebe National Park

Maliba wins Gold at HICA

Maliba Mountain Lodge is proud to accept the award in the “Best New Non-Hotel Tourism Investment” during the 2010 HICA Awards ceremony.

“This is indeed a great honour and privilege for us to be considered fit to even be nominated let alone being the finalist.” Mr. Stephen Phakisi (Maliba Lodge Director)

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Village life with Juliana

Village life

Settling in: Salads and a radio

I’ve now been in Lesotho for almost six months, and in my village for three and a half.  It’s taken a while, but I finally feel at home.  My work has developed, so that I have two tasks to do everyday.  Being busy and productive has made a big difference on how content I feel.

I believe I am making a difference in my life skills classes, most of the kids had a very limited knowledge of HIV/AIDS.  But in the agriculture clubs, I can actually see the difference, and see the plants grow, it has been very rewarding.

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4x4 Adventures

Lesotho 4x4 overlanding

Camping in Lesotho

The mountain kingdom of Lesotho offers some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere in Southern Africa. Lesotho is a fascinating country to travel around by vehicle, with the mountainous terrain offering 4x4 enthusiasts hundreds of exciting rugged routes through the countryside.

Lesotho is definitely a place to let go and feel free, breathe in the pure air and enjoy the local people and their culture.

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Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month

The Basotho dancers of Maliba Lodge

This was my first time visiting Southern Africa, and what a trip to turned out to be.

At the end of the lunch on my penultimate day, the Besotho staff filed out onto the deck under the veranda and performed 4 traditional songs for their guests, to the background accompaniment of an early afternoon thunderstorm.

What an amazing country, I can't wait to come back!

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What's on in January

Upcoming events from around the Maloti Route

January Highlights

28th Jan - Crocs Rock Race

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Joke of the month

Joke of the Month

A calorie-conscious woman drove past a bakery and saw some gorgeous Christmas cookies.

She decided to pray about it: "Lord, if you want me to have some of those delicious cookies, let me have a parking place directly in front of the bakery."

And sure enough, the eighth time around the block, there it was!

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Quick links

Maliba Trust

You can be the difference in these children’s lives…

Read more about the Trust here.

Quick links to recommended Lesotho accommodation

Lesotho flower of the month The Lesotho Imes newspaper Keep watch on the weather in Lesotho Maliba Mountain Lodge Maliba Lodge on Twitter Recommended accomodation in Lesotho Maliba Lodge Specials Blanket Wrap Blog Maliba Mountain Lodge on Facebook Maliba Lodge Videos on YouTube Recipe of the month