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This six day mountain adventure traverses Lesotho from east to west crossing over 15 spectacular mountain passes. Not only will you enjoy breathtaking views but you will get to drive on the highest tarred and 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.
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 two way 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, cozy 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 night is Ficksburg and our route will take us over the highest roads in Southern Africa. 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.
After a nice big breakfast, we make our way to Katse where 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 travelling further along the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to Mohale Dam where our accommodation for the night is Mohale Dam Lodge.
We make our way out of the mountains traversing mountain passes with names such as, the Blue Mountains, God Help Me and Bushmen’s. We will then visit the famous Thaba Bosiu, a Lesotho National Monument. This is where the founder of the Basotho people, King Moshoeshoe, took his young nation up onto this natural fortress where they survived for many years, protected from the Zulus, English, and Boers.
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 where we say our goodbyes at the Maseru border post.
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