Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre
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"Wayfarer, Pause and Look Upon A Gateway of Paradise"
This is an inscription in the rock by Mervyn Bosworth-Smith, founder of Malealea, Trading Station in the early 1900's - now Malealea Lodge. The inscription can be found at the peak of the Gate of Paradise Pass. This spectacular pass is on the road to Malealea. The view at the top of the pass (which is the top of an escarpment) opens out to a broad panorama over the plains below, dotted with attractive traditional villages. In spring visitors are attracted by the many alpine plants and flowers by the side of the road.
Malealea Lodge & Pony-trekking Centre is situated in secluded woodland surrounded by attractive countryside, it is ideal for trekking or hiking to a wide number of waterfalls (including the Maletsunyane Falls at Semonkong, where links are possible with other pony-trekking centres) and other scenic destinations.
The garden is attractive and features indigenous alpines, including the famous Spiral Aloe, as well as exotics. It is a haven for the commoner bird species, which can be observed at close quarters.
The Malealea complex and is run by the Jones family who are extremely helpful and hospitable hosts. They offer a wide variety of all inclusive or self-catering accommodation, including two bedded backpackers' rooms. There is a fully equipped communal kitchen, they also do meals on request. The lodge is located in a great area, and there are maps and trail descriptions available. These include hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, to places like Bushman paintings and mountaintops. They can also advise you on longer hikes and have packhorses for hire. They are experts on pony trekking and also offer day rides. The lodge complex has large lawns with lots of shade. It’s great to just hang out.
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