Lesotho Landmarks: Sani, Katse, Semonkong Falls & Thaba Bosiu
5 night / 6 day (Lodge and guest house accommodation)
This six day mountain adventure traverses Lesotho from east to west. Not only will you enjoy breathtaking views but you will get to drive on the highest gravel roads in Southern Africa. You will see the biggest dam in Southern Africa. You will enjoy a beer at the highest pub in Southern Africa. You will see the highest single drop waterfall in Southern Africa. And we will visit the birth place of the Basotho nation.
Join us to discover all the highlights that Lesotho has to offer during the summer months when the countryside is emerald green.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times to impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and 4-wheel-drive knowledge.
We wil be enjoying all our breakfasts and suppers at the guest houses en route and the Bhejane guide and his assistant will be preparing picnic lunches for you during the daily excursions.
Our adventure starts in the Midlands town of Himeville in KwaZulu-Natal. We meet at midday at the Stonehouse Cafe in town and, once we're all there, the guide will issue you all with radios, do a safety briefing and we'll be on our way.
For the rest of the day we will be doing the awe-inspiring drive up the famous Sani Pass. After clearing customs on the South African side, we will have a picnic lunch and then make our way up the pass with more than enough time to enjoy the environment and take many pictures.
At the top of the pass, we complete border formalities and enter Lesotho. Our accommodation for the night is the unique, cosy Sani Mountain Lodge. When staying there, one feels literally on top of the world as the lodge is built on the edge of the Drakensberg and provides breathtaking views into KwaZulu-Natal. It is at this fine establishment that you can quench your thirst at the Highest Pub in Africa.
Our destination for the next two nights is Katse Dam and our route will take us over the highest roads in Southern Africa, some gravel and some tarred. We will cross the Senqu River that eventually becomes the Orange River when it enters South Africa and drive past the highest mining activities in Southern Africa. It is due to these reasonably new diamond mines that road networks in the area have been upgraded, making our travels possible.
The houses that we stay in at Katse overlook the dam and one is completely mesmerised by the size, beauty and quality of the water collected from all the mountain streams flowing into the dam.
Dinner is served in the restaurant that evening and we get to relax after a wonderful day's drive.
After a nice big breakfast, we do a guided tour of the Katse Dam wall and gain a much better understanding of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project that supplies South Africa with vast amounts of good quality water.
We spend the rest of the day doing a 4X4 contour road that circumnavigates the dam, with lunch en route. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.
We head out again on both gravel and tarred roads, crossing mountain passes such as God Help Me Pass and Blue Mountain Pass. We will also get a glimpse of the Mohale Dam that is part of the same project.
In the late afternoon we will arrive in the little town of Ramabanta where we will be staying at the Trading Post Lodge for the next two nights. Once again we are spoilt with wonderful, home cooked meals.
Today, things are done at a very leisurely pace. Our goal for the day is to visit the Maletsunyane Falls up at Semonkong, where the water drops 192 meters down the cliffs. We have a picnic lunch up at the falls and return to the lodge to relax for the afternoon. There are some lovely walks in the area and the opportunity to go on a short horseback ride.
After our last big breakfast together, we make our way towards Maseru but, before saying goodbye, we drive around the famous Thaba Bosiu. This is where the founder of the Basotho people, King Moshesh, took his young nation up onto this natural fortress where they survived for many years, protected from the Zulus, English and Boers.
We say our goodbyes at the Maseru border post.