8 Day trip
7 nights/8 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). Lunch at the Bokong Nature Reserve. The Katse Dam is the second largest darn in the world and supplies water to Witwatersrand (Gauteng, Soweto) in South Africa and irrigates the lowlands in Lesotho. Video Presentation and guided tour into the darn wall.Our guide takes care of the security checkpoint. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. Today we double-back on the Nelson Mandela road to Hlotse On tar road we drive along the western border of the country via Teya-Teyaneng to Sefikieng. Guests have the opportunity to visit craft centres on the way, The Basothos are well known for their beautiful tapestries and blankets. Lunch in one of the small towns along the road. Roma is the principal center of the Roman Catholic Church in Lesotho and since 1964 the site of the National University of Lesotho. The city was found in 1862 when King Moshoeshoe granted the site to Bishop Allard and Father Gerard. Dinner at the Guesthouse.
Breakfast at the guesthouse. We travel on dirt road across the basalt moorland of Southern Africa to Semonkong (the Place of Smoke) viewpoint (2260m), before reaching the summit of Makheka's Pass, at 2860m. Panoramic views into the valley of farmlands. The grasslands are dotted with yellow flowers (Euryops), white Arum Lilies, bright red and yellow Red-Hot Pokers and other wild flowers. The road is rugged before and after the summit. Visit the spectacular Maletsunyane Falls, the longest single-drop waterfall in southern Africa (197m). Lunch at the lodge. We double-back to Moitsupeli, turning left towards Koro-Koro. A scenic drive through bushy landscape, small forests and farmlands, dotted with picturesque villages, dense bushes and shrubs used by locals for medical purposes. Our destination houses a popular Pony trekking Centre in a secluded woodland, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge we continue north on dirt roads in good condition. We descend the pass to a view point at 1860m to look down into the awesome valley. we double-back to Roma. Just before the town the road loses altitude and we drive through spectacular white sandstone rocks and valleys. Visit the Morija Museum with its collection of Bushman art, dinosaur footprints, and other artefacts. The Moeder Craft Centre is housed in the oldest building in Morija, erected in 1843. Lunch at the museum tea room. With a little luck we can glimpse the King at his royal residence. Past Roma we continue to Mohale dam. Climbing up the Molimo Nthuso Pass (God help me) to the summit (2320m) Our guide takes care of the security check point. Dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast we depart for a long day to Thaba-Tseka. Descending into the valley the windy road climbs again to an altitude of 2620m, the Blue Mountain pass, which goes into Likalaneng Valley. Leaving the dam area our guide will check out at the security post. Picnic lunch on route. We ascend the pass on dirt road, dotted with wild flowers and into the Senqunyane River valley, also known as Little Orange River and then up into the highlands of Lesotho. At this altitude there are no more trees and snow in winter. Donkeys are heavily loaded with goods herded by horsemen in colourful blankets. Cross the Mashai River, which is flooded when the Katse Dam sluice gates are open. Dinner at the restaurant.
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel through rocky mountains and hills with patches of maize fields where Basothos' work the land. Cairns within the mountains where shepherds protect their sheep and cattle from wild animals. Steep gorges and valleys, dotted with huts and many birds and flowers. Picnic lunch on route. Take the 'garden route' past St James Mission, a very rugged and adventurous experience. Ascend Black Mountain pass with an awesome view of Hodgon's Peaks and the Giants Cup. Relax at Sani Stone Lodge. Dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast at the chalet our guide takes us through the border and we descend the beautiful Sani Pass. Following the Mkomazi River back to Underberg. Arrive about lunch time.
Transfers and accommodation in Underberg/Himeville can be arranged at an additional cost.