Malealea is one of the best places in Lesotho to organise a hike or pony trek in the mountains – you can even rent a mountain bike if you prefer to explore on wheels. Organise activities through Malealea Lodge.
Options for pony trekking range from easy two-hour pony rides (one/two/three people M430/600/750) to San rock art or a gorge viewpoint, to overnight expeditions (M900/1140/1575 per day) with accommodation in Basotho village huts (M130 per hut for one to three people). Multiday routes include Ribaneng Waterfall (two days, one night); Ribaneng and Ketane Waterfalls (four days, three nights); and Ribaneng, Ketane and Semonkong (six days, five nights).
You can hike to spots including Pitseng Gorge (8km or 16km), with its gnarly cliffs and swimming holes, and Botsoela Waterfall (10km; 13km including San rock art). Guided overnight hikes are also possible (with/without packhorse M600/200 per day), with accommodation in huts.
Village visits provide a stimulating insight into the local people and their customs. Down the slope from Malealea Lodge is a teaching farm where the lodge gets its vegetables, along with a tiny museum and craft shop, housed in traditional Basotho huts, from where you can wander through the village – solo or with a guide. You can pay for guided visits (M15 per person per hour) to the sangoma (traditional medicine practitioner; only for the genuinely interested), the village school and the late Mr Musi’s reclaimed donga (eroded ravine used for small-scale agriculture).
Mountain Biking & Scenic Drives
Year-round you can hire bikes (half-/full day including guide M250/400 per person). Malealea Lodge can also recommend scenic drives for 4WD and high-clearance 2WD vehicles.