The Mehloding Chalets

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View from Malekhalonyane Chalet

A choice of four welcoming chalets in the little explored southern Drakensberg in the Ongeluksnek Valley at the border between the Eastern Cape , KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho. Constructed by local people with traditional designs and materials, they offer a unique getaway destination for family groups, backpackers and adventure seekers.

Rustic yet homely, they provide hot showers, flush toilets, boma, seperate bedrooms (twin or dormitory) with linen and towels and a communal lounge and kitchen for either self catering or catered accommodation. All offer private seclusion with stunning views of mountains and rural scenery. Each chalet is equipped for 12 people and has permanent staff for daily servicing. Gas cooking facilities and paraffin lamps are provided.

The Mehloding Chalets are an ideal base to explore the local area, whether you are hiking, mountain biking, horse riding (Masakala chalet only) or simply relaxing in the beautiful scenery. Each chalet serves as an overnight stopover for people doing the Mehloding Adventure Trail.

The Chalets and Trails are a community based and operated product which aspires to benefit local communities through the provision of employment opportunities and involvement in sustainable eco-tourism opportunities. The Mehloding Community Trust which runs the Masakala Lodge and the Mehloding Chalets is a member of the Fair Trade in Tourism SA organization and subscribes to their ethics and code of practise.

Malekhalonyane, close to Mariazell Mission comprises one main rectangular house with two bathrooms, kitchen and dining room, a boma for evening braais, three rondavels sleeping 4 to 6 each. A short hike will take you to the Mission or to the Jordan river for a refreshing swim
Makhulong, situated above Mpharane village provides one communal rectangular building with kitchen, two bathrooms and dining room opening onto a terrace for evening drinks and braais.
Accommodation is in three rondavels sleeping 6 in one dormitory and two rooms sleeping 2 people each. The chalets are quite close to the village so you can wander down to meet the local people and buy produce from the local spaza shops etc .
Machekong, right beneath the Three Sisters ridge, has one communal house opening onto a terrace with stunning views, two bathrooms, dining room and kitchen. There are two rondavels (one dormitory style and one divided into two twin rooms). This is the most isolated of the chalets and will suit nature lovers and hikers wishing to explore the walks to rock art and waterfalls.

Madlangala, built from local rock and surrounded by protea trees, consists of one main house with two bathrooms, kitchen and dining room opening onto a covered terrace with mountain views. Accommodation is in two rondavels (one dormitory and one divided into two twin rooms).



All enquiries and bookings to :
Mehloding Community Trust
P O Box 406
Matatiele 4730
Tel / Fax : (039) 737 3289
Cell : 073-3554981

Accommodation Rates at these Chalets :
(December 2016 to December 01 2017)

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast @ R550 per pers per night excl transfers
  • Self catering (linen and towels incl) @ R260 pppn excl transfers
  • Self catering (no linen or towels) @ R200 pppn excl transfers

Return transfers from Matatiele :

  • Groups of 1-7 pax @ R1200
  • Bag transfers between chalets @ R1200 for whole trail