About Us

The Malealea Lodge is nestled in the Makhomalong Valley and surrounded by the beautiful Maloti Mountains. Mick and Di Jones bought the Malealea Lodge in 1986, back when it was a trading post with a mere few beds. Since then, it has grown into a solar-powered 90-bed complex famous for pony trekking and mountain biking. Di has retired to Clarens and runs a guesthouse there. – https://clarensbutterflybeds.co.za/.  Sadly Mick passed away in January 2020. The next generation, Jackie and Glenn are now involved with running the lodge.

Rondavel 17, photo by Kelly Benning
Rondavel 17

Supporting this community that we call home is a priority that colors all of our decisions. We helped to found the Malealea Development Trust and keep their offices on our premises. We also run a mountain biking club for orphaned children in the area. They practice every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Every member of our wonderful staff is from the surrounding village and we make it a priority to empower them with new skills, further enriching this community.

Staff Party, photo by Tsoeunyane Malealea
Staff Christmas Party 2016. This photo was taken by Tsoeunyane Malealea, who runs our mountain biking program and also runs a photography side business

We hope that you will come stay with us and discover all that we and Malealea have to offer.