6 Days mountain biking
Lesotho Mountain Biking
All Mountain Bike Itineraries are for a minium of 4 people.
5 nights / 6 days
Day 1: L, D (43 km)
Departure from Underberg (1.560m) in the morning. Ascending the legendary Sani Pass with its hairpin bends offering unparalleled vistas of the Sani Valley and Drakensberg escarpment situated within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, one of our World Heritage Sites. Picnic lunch on route. Proteas along the road, proceed to viewing of the 12 Apostles. These geological structures are the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Our Guide is taking care of the border formalities. At the summit at 2.874 m we have reached our accommodation. Enjoy a superb view down to the Sani Valley. Dinner at the restaurant.
Day 2 : B, L, D (54 km)
After breakfast at 08:30 we proceed to the Basotho village and the Basotho culture will be explained. Ascending the Black Mountain Pass up to 3.280 m, following the Senqu River. Nearby the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana with 3.482 m. Picnic lunch on route. We travel via the St. James Mission to our self-catering accommodation with fully equipped kitchen. Communal bathroom. Dinner at the guesthouse.
Day 3 : B, L, D (87 km) +-50% up-hill, +-50% down-hill
After breakfast at the guesthouse, departure on dirt road towards Mashai. Watch the majestic Cape Vultures in flight and beautiful butterflies in summer. Picnic lunch on route. Ascend the Linakaneng Pass at 3.030 m and down again into the valley. Arrive at the self-catering lodge (fully equipped kitchen) and enjoy the sunset while relaxing on the swing-chair. Dinner at the lodge. Communal bathroom.
Day 4 : B, L, D (35 km)
Enjoy breakfast in nature. We cycle through the beautiful country side of Lesotho, dotted with wild flowers in summer time. We proceed on dirt road which is very rugged. It provides an exciting experience. At the Sehonghong River a new bridge is built. There we have a refreshment stop and a gallery of Rock Art may be seen. The pass is twisting parallel to the river. The Chief and his wife will welcome us at the village. Enjoy chatting and interacting with these friendly people, living in beautiful decorated houses. Picnic lunch on route. The very scenic but rough road leads us deeper into the Matebeng Valley. We have arrived at our destination as soon as we see the vegetable garden of James, who lives in a simple house, snuggled into the mountain. The invitation to enter the garden of James will explain how Basothos’ survive in this harsh condition. We set up our camp on the riverside or in a cave nearby. Home-made dinner around the log-fire. No bathroom facilities and no toilets.
Day 5: B, L, D (50 km)
Breakfast at our campsite before departing for the most adventurous part of our journey. More Bushmen Paintings may be seen a few kilometers along the road. We ascend the mountain pass, topping 2.040 m, which is again a rough and adventurous track. Climbing up the Somalenk Mountain back to the Matabeng Pass is not an easy task. Picnic lunch at the summit of 2.940 m. Descending this mountain pass is much easier as it has been improved.
Day 6: B (60 km)
Leave Sehlabathebe Lodge after breakfast through the National Park to the edge of the escarpment, accompanied by a Basotho Ranger on horse back. This area is not accessible by vehicles. Our back-up vehicle has to drive around and meet cyclist at the Bushmen’s Nek Border Post. From the border post we proceed 35 km on dirt road to a junction. Thereafter we turn onto the tar road and cycle another 10 km to Underberg/Himeville. (1.560m)
Valid passports are essential!
Note : Small soft bags to be used on this trip.
- Back-up 4x4 vehicle, bicycle rack & Guide
- Accommodation & Meals as indicated
- Camping equipment & sleeping bags
- First Aid
- Mineral Water
- Personal expenses
- Personal insurances
- Beverages & Alcohol
- Rain ponchos