Lesotho Hike

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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Duration:10 hours (including travelling from Backpackers)
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