Make Lesotho YOUR Escape
Prince Harry got it right when he decided to invest his time in Lesotho and as he says “it’s his escape”!
As I am in search of a Lesotho Itinerary that is best suited for my family and friends, I decided to look for locations with an activity that would suit all. Requirements from the group: 4×4 driving, dinosaur footprints, pony trekking, abseiling, waterfalls, wild swimming and mountain biking. I managed to tick all the boxes with this great Lesotho itinerary!
Our choice of entry for this itinerary is the “must do” Sani Pass, the border opens at 06h00 and closes at 18h00. Although work on the road is underway, you will still require either a 4×4 or 2×4 to get you up the rugged hairpin bends. Once at the top of the pass, Sani Mountain Lodge welcomes you to take a break before heading deeper into Lesotho.
Depart Sani Mountain Lodge and head along the tarred A1 road towards Afriski. Plenty of photographic opportunities along this route.
Spend a couple of nights at Afriski, although its a super fun Winter destination, Afriski also offers the Summer seeker plenty of activities, such as Mountain bike trails, trail running, Monster tyre tours, fly fishing, abseiling, hiking, paintballing and further 4×4 explorations.
Next, our itinerary takes us to the wilderness area of the Tsehlanyane National Park, where we overnight at Maliba Lodge. Bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, village and community walks, four-wheel driving and the reason I am going, is for the Valley of Pools where you can swim in over 16 deep swimming holes in a 5 km stretch!
Moving on from Tsehlanyane National Park, we head to the highest dam (185m) in Africa, Katse Dam, completed in 1997. Katse Dam forms part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and one can tour the dam at either o9hoo or 14h00, Monday to Friday.
Departing Katse Dam we overnight at Molengoane Lodge where you are able to go view Ha Baroana Rock Art Centre, just 6km’s away from the lodge. Here you are able to take a short hike to caves housing 3000-year-old rock art paintings.
We move away from Molengoane Lodge and head to Semonkong Lodge, where we are able to discover the Maletsunyane Falls, a single drop waterfall plummeting 192m down into a gorge. For the brave in the group, they are able to experience the longest commercially operated single-drop abseil down the Maletsunyane Falls (204m). For others, the Ponk Trekking is a great option to discover the scenery and village life in a relaxed format.
Departing Semonkong, we end our itinerary by departing out at Maseru.
We look forward to giving you feedback on this trip early January! Should you be travelling to Lesotho this year, please do tag us on your images on Instagram or Facebook @n3gateway #n3gateway