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Lesotho Hike

Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, R74, Bergville
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Core Activity:Hiking Type:Facilitated Duration:10 hours (including travelling from Backpackers) Budget:R500 per person. If this is your second trip with us, you will pay R380 per person. This covers: - Travel/fuel - Picnic lunch - Guide fees - Taste of Sotho food and beer. When to Go:This trip is done during all seasons. Itinerary Rating:Hikers of all ages can enjoy this hike. Other:We have high-rise vehicles to us to this remote village in the mountains. The roads are not easy to navigate in a normal vehicle. You will need to bring: - your passport (no visa required) - wind breaker - sun protection - walking shoes, and - water. Other Activities:Cultural experience of Lesotho community Points Of Interest:The Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge is found on a stunning 300 hectares of land near the foot of the Amphitheatre (Royal Natal National Park) and Cathedral Peak. The Mpande River weaves through the lands. The loft lounge has a fantastic view over the lodge and Drakensberg. Some rooms are in converted grain silos, using solar to heat the water and windmill power to pump it. A black pool is made from real Drakensberg rock and there is a barbecue area with a fire pit. The funky bar is a great meeting place for all, with a wonderful range of music, hookah pipes and a jacuzzi in the thick of the action. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE A FULLY LICENSED BAR SO WE DO NOT PERMIT ANY OF YOUR OWN ALCOHOL ON THE PREMISES. There is free use of the sauna and bouldering cave and a wicked array of delicious cocktails on offer so prepare yourself! Live music is performed on two different stages, one inside and one outside. Watch the sunset from our thatched loft lounge with DStv, a big screen and HD televisions as well as a book swop and an internet cafe. Self-catering kitchens are fully equipped but there is no need to bring any food along as the restaurant serves gorgeous food and light snacks. Breakfasts start from 07h00 and our three-course evening meals cost R100. We serve both vegetarians and carnivores! This is also the site of the famous Smoking Dragon Festivals www.smokingdragon.co.za.

An unique day trip to an authentic village setting in the Lesotho Highlands. Moderate hiking and the area we visit is not the usual tourist destination and is geographically very beautiful with indigenous succulents and amazing rock outcrops. Nothing is predicted as this is not a set CULTURAL tour, it is simply an area that we are travelling around in and as we see different things we explain them to you.

This is our day-trip into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. It is the highest country in the world having the highest low point of any other. South Africa and Lesotho are separated from one another by the Drakensberg mountains known in Zulu as Ukhahlamba which means the barrier of spears. The fact that Lesotho is set right on the top of mountains has influenced the way that the Sotho people live. They have had to adapt to their environment. When we visit Lesotho we do not take the route that other travellers take, instead we travel around the back of the Amphitheatre and Golden Gate. Although we use a high clearance vehicle the emphasis is not on driving but on exploring the country of Lesotho itself. The area we visit is not the usual tourist destination and is geographically very beautiful with indigenous succulents and amazing rock outcrops. In fact, we visit a part of Golden Gate that no other tourists would visit because we are the only ones that take people into the area. It is so remote and wild that not even cellphones work. There are no tarred roads and people use horses to travel around. The men still travel great distances, with their cattle, looking for grazing and often sleep out in the open, eating lizards and mice for nourishment.

While we are in the area we hike up to cave paintings, across rivers, past herdsmen and men coming off the edges of the mountains with their hunting dogs. Perhaps the kids have caught mice which they cook over a fire and if you are adventurous we’ll let you taste some. Women still prepare beer for their men using their traditional recipes. Nothing is predicted as this is not a set CULTURAL tour, it is simply an area that we are travelling through and as we see different things we explain them to you. It is one of the few places in the world that is still it was hundreds of years ago. It is rather like walking into a National Geographic movie. The trip takes a FULL day, leaving at 08h00 and returning at about 18h00.

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