Lesotho

  • Sani Pass

    With the dubious reputation of being the driest, coldest and most remote place in the whole of Lesotho, Mokhotlong is situated in the east, in a valley dominated by Thabana Ntlenyana which at a height of 3 482 m, is Southern Africa’s highest ‘beautiful little mountain’. The town originated as a police post in 1905, and for many years was accessible only after several days on horseback from KwaZulu Natal via the Sani Pass, some 56 km to the Southeast, and is now an avid 4x4 Adventurers dream come true. The town grew and became an administrative centre, with goods and materials transported in packs on donkeys and ponies. One district commissioner even had his wife’s beloved piano transported across the Sani Pass by bearers, who then had to repeat the journey when his term of duty was complete. Radio links were established with Maseru shortly after the Second World War and in 1948, an airstrip was built. Roads link it with Butha Buthe to the north, and KwaZulu Natal to the east. Early roads were hazardous, but the road to the Sani Pass now has a good all-weather surface. Mokhotlong means ‘place of the bald ibis’, its name taken from the greenish, red-headed bird that may still be spotted along the trout-filled Mokhotlong River.

    The area is excellent for climbing, skiing and walking, and although a two-day hike leads to the Sani Pass, there are no facilities along the way so that even our 4x4 tour needs to be well equipped and prepared when driving to the summit. At the summit of the pass 2 860 m, the Sani Top Chalet offers respite and time to relax. A walk along the willow-clad banks of the river which winds between steep cliffs is a memorable experience.


    ITINERARY

    Day 1

    Tour operators will meet with 4x4 Adventures and their party in Himeville at about 3:00 pm to get to know each other, discuss the route and stopover for the night. Directions, maps and specific info will be provided on tour booking.

    Day 2

    We share early morning breakfast and then drive to the border, embarking on the Sani Pass. Driving the Sani Pass also fondly known by some as “Riding the Dragon” which is a 4x4 challenge that you will soon discover for yourself, (although we are sure is much easier now, then it was way back when ;o). The Sani Pass route goes up the mountain and when we have crossed the border into Lesotho, we make a pitstop at the highest pub to enjoy breathtaking views and scenic ambience. Our drive follows a gravel road through river streams surrounded by natural rugged mountain fauna to the Katze Dam, where we stop to camp for the night and enjoy sharing 4x4 stories around the camp. Dinner is served around a warming camp fire and time for relaxation is enjoyed by all.

    Day 3

    After breakfast we break-up camp and follow a tar road down the mountain also known as the “Roof of Africa”, where we stop and those of us daring enough can play in the snow. Our route includes a stop at the Katze Dam wall for photo opportunities. This 50 km drive along the pass includes 300 turns allowing for panoramic scenes and breathtaking views along the way... and much to soon we cross the border back into South Africa and set-up camp at Fouriesburg.

    Day 4

    After enjoying breakfast we break-up camp and drive a short 4x4 trail around Fouriesburg, before starting our journey home.

    You Will Need

    4x4 Vehicle, Camping equipment and your own beverages. If it is a cross border 4x4 tour then you will also need: passports for all in your party, ID documents, drivers license, insurance consent letter, bank consent letter, third party insurance (for most countries), and if needed - malaria tablets. Please also consult with your General Practitioner and advise them of the country you will be visiting, and follow the necessary malaria precautions and take all necessary medications. Please note that each country has different malaria precautions, some require you have the injections and others that you take the tablets etc.

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  • Snow Tour

    When the Maluti Mountain range in the Mountain Kingdom adorns her pure white winter dress of ice and snow, she becomes an awe-inspiring sight. Her mood changes, becoming more drastic and she presents several challenges and marvellous discoveries for those who explore her during the colder winter months.


    ITINERARY

    Day 1

    We meet in the historic town of Ficksburg at a little country inn that will be our home from home for the weekend, providing wholesome, home-cooked meals ranging from roasts to soups, spit braai and refreshing English-style breakfasts. This allows for time to meet your team leader and each other.

    Day 2

    After a cosy, restful night and a healthy breakfast, we line up the convoy, check safety aspects before heading out. Our destination is the Caledonspoort Border Post, nestled in the famous Eastern Freestate sandstone mountains. After completing border post procedures, for which passports are required for both adults and children, we are now officially in Lesotho and our journey into the mountain kingdom continues. Our route takes us over the Moteng Pass, through the Oxbow area, up to the top of the Letsing Pass, which lies at 3 250m above sea level. It is the highest road in Africa and, despite much of it being tarred, a 4wd vehicle is necessary to cope with the sometimes icy road conditions. After a group photo at the 3 250m mark, we begin our return journey, stopping en route for photo opportunities and, for the brave, a snowball fight or two. We head off the tar road and do some adventurous rock route driving. This is used as a training session to ensure that everyone is comfortable with this discipline of off-road driving. Our short route takes us down to the Malimabatsu River for a light picnic lunch, weather permitting of course. After lunch we do a bit more “boulder hopping” and make our way back to Ficksburg. We are likely to see the colourful Basotho herd boys along the way on their sturdy little mountain ponies and, if we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the rare Bearded vulture and some other high altitude bird species. A little weary after an exciting day, we return to Ficksburg for a well-deserved dinner with much pampering.

    Day 3

    After another good breakfast we leave town to do a short 4x4 route. A photo session ends the morning before we sadly have to head back, say our goodbyes and drive for home.

    You Will Need

    4x4 Vehicle, Camping equipment and your own beverages. If it is a cross border 4x4 tour then you will also need: passports for all in your party, ID documents, drivers license, insurance consent letter, bank consent letter, third party insurance (for most countries), and if needed - malaria tablets. Please also consult with your General Practitioner and advise them of the country you will be visiting, and follow the necessary malaria precautions and take all necessary medications. Please note that each country has different malaria precautions, some require you have the injections and others that you take the tablets etc.

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