5 day trip
4 nights/5 days
Departure in the morning from the hotel. Stop at the Good Hope Trading Store, originated in 1817 by John White-Smith, Ascending the legendary Sani Pass with its hair-pin bends offering unparalleled vistas of the San! Valley and Drankensberg Escarpment situated within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg park, One of our world heritage sites. Proteas along the road, proceed to viewing of 12 Apostles, These geological structures are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Our guide is taking care of the border formalities. At the summit, at 2.874m we stop for refreshments at the Sani Stone Lodge. Thereafter we proceed to the village and the Basotho culture will be explained. Ascending the Black Mountain Pass up to 3280m. following the Senqu River. Nearby the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana with 3.482m, meaning "the little mountain which is a little nice". Guided tour at the Letsieng Diamond Mine, the highest mine in the world (3.250m) Our journey takes us on tar road onto the summit of the highest road in Africa, the Tlaeeng Pass (3255m) The Roof of Africa. Slightly lower is the Pass of Guns at 3140m, pass the Mahlasela Ski Slope to Likileng Lodge. All mountains are covered in snow in winter. Dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart at 08.00 for the twisty tar road to the summit of the Moteng Pass, 2.840m, one of the highest roads attained by normal two-wheel-drive vehicles in Southern Africa. This is the basalt roof of Southern Africa, a world of winter snows, frozen waterfalls, crisp clear air and crystal streams with fat tout. Descend into the Holola Valley (River of the Blue Crane), past spectacular sandstone overhangs and rugged countryside to Butha-Buthe (the gatherer) This little town was named after King Moshoeshoe's old mountain stronghold. On our way to Hlotse, strange, richly colored rock shapes may be seen on all sides, creating the effect of a vast assembly of weird petrified figures. Past a few missions and several rock shelters where San paintings may be seen, the main road passes the Leribe Farmers Training Center to the town of Hlotse. It is the administration center of the Leribe district and originated in 1876 when a Mission outpost was established here. Continue on the Nelson Mandela Road, crossing the Malibamatso River (River of dark Pools) where the great Katse Dam was constructed from 1991 to1997. Our guide takes care of the security checkpoint. Lunch at Bokong Nature Reserve. Dinner at the lodge.
Late breakfast at the lodge. Enjoy a video presentation and guided tour into the dam wall. The Katse dam is the second largest dam in the world and supplies water to Witwatersrand (Gauteng, Soweto) in South Africa and irrigates the lowlands in Lesotho. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon visit of the Botanical Garden nearby, time of leisure. Dinner at the restaurant .
After breakfast at the lodge, depart on dirt road towards Thaba Tseka. Watch the majestic Cape Vultures in flight and beautiful butterflies in summer time. Thaba Tseka, meaning "the mountain with a blaze", houses a stud farm for breeding Basotho Ponies and a tree nursery. Cross the Koma Koma Bridge, which is flooded when the sluice gates Katse Dam are opened. Refreshment stop at the shabeen (pub) at Taung village We pass an old Trading Store, today the Molumong Guesthouse and the St. James Mission mountains and hills with patches of maize fields where Basotho's work on their land with loving care. Cairns within the mountains for the shepherds to protect their sheep and cattle from wild animals steep gorges and valleys, dotted with little Basotho huts. Picnic lunch on route . Ascend the Black Mountain Pass up to 3230m, follow the dirt road to our next destination. Awesome view of the Hodgon's Peaks and the Giants Cup The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner at the Lodge.
After a good breakfast our guide will take care of the border formalities. Descend Sani pass beneath towering cliffs, buttresses and waterfalls. Follow the Mkomazi River back to Underberg.
Transfers and accommodation in Underberg/Himeville can be arranged at an additional cost.