FEBRUARY 2011 Edition 7

The Blanket Wrap - Lesotho News and Views

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About Lesotho


Current News


4x4 Adventures


Picture of the Month


What's on this month

The name "Lesotho" translates roughly into "the land of the people who speak Sesotho".

Welcome to this edition of The Blanket Wrap

New year resolutions be damned and welcome to the 7th edition of the Blanket Wrap, The newsletter where you are kept up-to-date with all the news and views of the magnificent mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

To help make it a fantastic year for all your travels, we have some general advice on planning a trip to Lesotho.

There are many underprivileged people living in Lesotho who need help in their lives. Projects financed through Lodges and Charities provide assistance where needed most. “Be one World” organise clothing drops throughout the year.

Discover “The Roof of Africa” as you’ve never seen it before and experience some of the best mountain top views in Southern Africa.

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About Lesotho

Basotho Blankets

Planning a trip to Lesotho?

Planning a trip to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho doesn’t have to be looked upon as a daunting task requiring hours of research and a mountain of gear.

The truth is that Lesotho is very accessible and regardless of whether you’re planning a weekend away, a weeklong pony trek through the mountain villages or even a backpacking adventure, Lesotho is the place.

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Current News

Sehlabathebe National Park

Opperation "Be One World"

In February 2010, our team of 18 people on the arrived, excited and tired after the trip from Durban up Sani Pass and onto Mokhotlong.

2000kgs of good 2nd hand clothing had been gathered for distribution in the mountains of Lesotho.

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Village life with Juliana

Village life

Being a patient in a Hospital in Rural Africa

I've been surprisingly lucky that I've gone six months in rural Africa without so much as a cold. But a couple of weeks ago I caught a stomach virus that was going around the peace corps volunteers.

I started throwing up and couldn't stop. It was after dark, so there wasn't any more transportation to the nearest town or hospital. I called the lodge and they came and picked me up and drove me to the hospital, but not before I had thrown up eleven times in two hours. I've had food poisoning and the stomach flu before, but this seemed worse.

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4x4 Adventures

Lesotho 4x4 overlanding

The Roof of Africa Circle Route

The “Roof of Africa” circle route should not be confused with the endurance race of the same name, as it refers to the senic circuit/loop encompassing the Maluti Mountains and the towns of Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, Katse Dam, Pitseng, Butha-Buthe and Oxbow.

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Photo of the Month

Wild Orchids by Ann Simmonds

Wild Orchids of Ts'ehlanyane

On the spur of the moment we decided to start our year off somewhere beautiful and not sorting our house out at home as we had originally intended. A few Internet searches led us to the Maliba Lodge Website and we were sold.  Seeing as this was a treat we decided to treat ourselves the whole way and book into the Mountain Lodge, even though the River Lodge looked as appealing.

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Upcoming Festivals and Events

Upcoming events from around the Maloti Route

March Highlights

3rh March - Vintage Tractor Fair
5th March - Surrender Hill Marathon
11th March - Moshoeshoe Day
11th March - Intro to Sesotho Language
17th March - Wild Trout Fly Fishing Festival
19th March - Garmin Wartrail Tri-Challenge
24th March - Lesotho Wild Run

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Joke of the month

Joke of the Month

It all began with an iPhone . . .

March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday, and I got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?

I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad. My daughter's birthday was in August so I got her an iPod Touch.

September came, so for my wifes birthday I bought her an iRon.

It was about then that the fight started ...

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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 Chocolate Fondants