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.

Rondavel 17, photo by Kelly Benning
Rondavel 17

Mick is now “semi-retired” (though planning his next trek across Lesotho always keeps him busy; if you are interested in joining him this February you can email info@malealealodge.com), while Di lives in Clarens and runs a bed & breakfast. The next generation now runs the show, and is determined to push the Lodge towards both complete sustainability and an even stronger symbiotic relationship with the village.

Glenn Jones is the current general manager. He lives here year-round with his three dogs, Lea, Bluey, and Janthi, who you will see lazing around the Lodge at all hours. His wife Nadia splits her time between the Lodge and Maseru where she teaches kindergarten at an international school.

Glenn’s sisters and brother-in-law, Jackie, Debbie, and Michael, are all involved as well, handling online bookings and accounting information, or swooping in to relieve him when he goes to Maseru.

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.