Lesotho is a world without fences. Breathtaking scenery abounds and every season has unique attractions. Malealea Lodge is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho,
perfect for a 2 to 3 night stay en-route from Johannesburg to Cape Town or the Drakensberg to the Wild Coast or the Garden Route.
Johannesburg (500kms) 6 – 7 hours
Durban (700kms) 10 hours
Cape Town (1100kms) 15 hours
George (900kms) 10 hours
Bloemfontein (200kms) 3 hours
NB: PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTIONS – DO NOT RELY ON GOOGLE MAPS AS YOU MAY LOSE INTERNET WHEN YOU CROSS THE BORDER
Coming from the North
Johannesburg (500kms) 6 – 7 hours (Kroonstad, Ventersburg, Senekal, Marquard, Clocolan, Ladybrand, Maseru, Motsekuoa, Malealea).
Durban (700kms) 10 hours (Harrismith, Golden Gate, Clarens, Ficksburg, Ladybrand, Maseru, Motsekuoa, Malealea).
Clocolan – enter Lesotho at Peka Bridge, Teyateyaneng, Maseru, Motsekuoa, Malealea. Try using the Clocolan – Peka Bridge Border post, it is not very busy, but it does close at 16.00
- When entering the Maseru border post, drive about 1 km from the Maseru border post, turn right onto the Mafeteng road
- This bypasses Maseru and brings you out near the airport.
- Turn right onto A2
- Do not take the Roma or Morija turnoffs but continue straight on the A2 South road, until you get to the Mostekuoa turn off (60kms from the Maseru Border Post via the bypass or 10kms after Morija.)
FROM ALL DIRECTIONS
- At Motsekuoa (A busy taxi corner)(26kms north of Mafeteng or 10 kms south of Morija), turn onto a tar road – B40.
- You are now 33kms from Malealea (Follow signs to Matelile and Qaba).
- Drive for 10kms, fork right, drive for 15kms, turn left, drive 1km, over the Gates of Paradise Pass and drive another 6kms to Malealea Lodge.
- Drive through the entrance of the Trading Station & Horse Post (you wonder where you are!) and you will find the Lodge & gardens!
Coming from the South
Cape Town (1100kms) 15 hours (Colesburg, Smithfield, Rouxville, Zastron, Wepener, Mafeteng, Motsekuoa, Malealea).
Bloemfontein (200kms) 3 hours (Dewetsdorp, Wepener, Mafeteng, Motsekuoa, Malealea).
George (845kms) 10 hours (Uniondale, Willowmore, Graaff Reinet, Turn off the N9 at Middleburg onto R701, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Aliwal North, Bypass Zastron, Wepener, Mafeteng, Motsekuoa, Malealea)
Driving in Lesotho
LAW – KEEP 2 RED TRIANGLES IN VEHICLE FOR LESOTHO
You are required to STOP at the STOP SIGN and WAIT for the policeman to signal to you to drive forward to where he is standing!. Most people pause at the Stop sign and drive up to the police without waiting for his signal. The police are very friendly when the above two conditions are in order. Roadblocks are held only occasionally and more often on long weekends and holidays. The policemen usually conduct a routine driver’s licence, lights and vehicle check and there’s rarely any problem at all!
Ensure your passport is stamped at both borders – the South African and the Lesotho side otherwise you will have problems on your way out of the country. Lesotho Road toll fees are R75 per vehicle,- payable at the Lesotho side. Keep grocery receipts for food that you are bringing into Lesotho in case you asked to show the receipts. It is illegal for South African citizens to bring alcohol into Lesotho.
Children U/18 need full unabridged birth certificates when travelling with their parents. If Children have the new SA Passports with both parents ID Details in – you do not need the full unabridged birth certificates. If the children are travelling with one parent or with friends, the necessary documents and affidavits are also required. Please click on this link for more information: http://www.dha.gov.za/files/Brochures/Immigrationleaflet.pdf
Google Maps Location of Malealea Lodge