Southern Lesotho - Dragon Peaks & Maluti Mountains
Q a c h a’ s N e k P a s s , S e h l a b a t h e b e N a t i o n a l P a r k,
G a t e s o f P a r a d i s e
Lodge & Guest House Accommodation
3 – 9 March 2019
6 night / 7 day adventure
Cost: R 11 350.00 (ex vat) per person sharing (children under 10 @ 50%)
Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Southern Lesotho on a 6 night/ 7-day adventure with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures. This unique trip requires a 4x4 vehicle with low range and will compliment your existing 4x4 skills as we traverse several mountain passes (tar and gravel - some of which will require low range). This adventure will take you over approximately 800km and will cover some of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes you will ever see!
Included are some of the lesser known wonders of Southern Lesotho; Lesotho’s own Golden Gate, the mighty Senqu (Orange) River, the second highest single drop waterfall in the world, the Gates of Paradise, Dinosaur footprints and the highest natural lake in Southern Africa, to name but a few. You will see vast and endless rolling hills, aloe plants as tall as you are, growing out of the dry ground, the russet glow that shines over the mountains as the sun slips behind them, you will hear the clanging of bells fastened to the necks of grazing sheep, the steady trickle of valley creeks, the clip-clop of pony’s hooves and you will taste the richness of authentic Basotho cuisine and smell the sweet, smoky bonfires that burn each night.
The adventure starts in the town of Matatiele in the late afternoon. After checking in at our guest lodge we will enjoy a delicious dinner where we will meet everyone and enjoy a discussion from the tour leader on the adventure that will begin the next day.
After our first breakfast, our adventure starts when we ascend our first pass, Qacha’s Nek Pass, en route to the Lesotho border. Our approximate travelling distance today will be 160km.
Once in Lesotho we will make our way to Sehlabathebe National Park where we will spend the next two nights – along the way conquering three passes namely Suspension Bridge Pass, Melikane Pass and the famed Matebeng Pass.
After traversing Suspension Bridge Pass and Melikane Pass we stop for lunch and spend some time enjoying the historic bushman paintings before tackling the Matebeng pass. This Pass is 20km long and will take us approximately 2 hours to ascend. This particular pass will be undertaken mostly in low range gear.
Today we will take a break from driving and instead will enjoy the breathtaking undisturbed beauty of the Sehlabathebe National Park.
Situated in the Drakensburg escarpment, this national park boasts magnificent and unusual rock formations, San paintings, unique wild flowers and alpine flora, a bird sanctuary, rock pools and a waterfall. This is also where the rare minnow fish is found. Rheebuck oribi, mongoose, wild cat, jackal and baboons are also found here – making this an ideal opportunity for hiking and bird-watching – perhaps we will even be able to discover the Crown Jewels of Sehlabathebe, an endemic lily that grows nowhere else in the world!
We will also visit a striking awe-inspiring cave which overlooks Lesotho’s own Golden Gate rock formations. Our second night is again spent at Sehlabathebe National Park.
Today our adventure continues with a drive from Sehlabathebe National Park to Ramabanta. Approximate distance for this day will be 254km (about 170km on tar)
En route, we will enjoy breath-taking vistas of the Senqu River (Orange in South Africa) as it makes its way around a horseshoe bend – the photographic opportunities abound and there is plenty of time to enjoy the views.
We will also visit the second highest single drop waterfall in the world before eventually, making our way to our lodge at Ramabanta for the night. Hidden deep in the mountains with spectacular views across the valley, our lodge is both tranquil and charming.
Today we will only drive approximately 85km, but the views and our 4x4 route will leave you with unforgettable memories – we will also enjoy our lunch at the site of a waterfall.
Tonight we will stay in the beautiful Malealea Village - our lodge is nestled in the Makhomalong Valley and is surrounded by the beautiful Maloti Mountains.
Our last day in Lesotho and the scenery will continue to amaze. We visit a house built into a cave and see the best-preserved dinosaur footprints in Lesotho.
We will then we make our way back to Matatiele for our last night. Approximate distance for this day will be 300km.
After breakfast it is time to say our goodbyes.