lesotho ultra

date

Cancelled for
2021

venue

Maliba Lodge
Tsehlenyane National Park

Distances

21km, 26km, 42km
& 50km

the story

In late 2012 KZNTR was putting on quite a few short course events with Umngeni River Run at the top as our “premier stage race”. Oh how things have changed, but we often refer back to this period as a critical growth period for trail running. Nicola Gerrard, who I had been at university with several years before, gave me a ring out of the blue and said she was the marketing manager for Maliba Lodge and would we be interested in hosting one of our trail runs there. “There are quite a few trails and I am sure you could get and 7km and 14km there” I remember her commenting. It was a common distance at the Talbot Series back then. So that December, Lauren very pregnant with Ben, we took a trip to Maliba Lodge. Like everyone’s first visit to the lodge we were in complete awe of the towering peaks around us. We asked about going to the top, but were met with frowns and comments of the dangers up there. Obviously we didn’t take too much heed and while Lauren relaxed in the Lodge, Andrew explored with a radio in hand, checking in on his pregnant wife every now and again.

It was obvious that this was a great opportunity to put on something really special. Laurens Dad mentioned the trip and exploration for a potential event to James Hallet over Christmas in Pennington. James had recently become the Chairperson for the South African Skyrunning Association and his ears pricked. We visited the lodge together in April of 2013 and launched the first Lesotho Ultra with only a simple 50km on the last weekend of November in 2013.

the venue

Maliba Lodge is a beautiful lodge deep inside the Maluti Mountains. All bookings from 2020 have been carried over, so at this stage we are not releasing in lodge accommodation. However it is very likely that some space will become available.

Dorm and camping are both currently available.

race info

In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world. Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the Maluti Mountain Range on foot. It is this ancient philosophy of man’s primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has led to the development of the Lesotho Ultra.