At a high altitude, landlocked within South Africa, Lesotho stands. AKA, The Kingdom in the Sky. The views will take your breath away and the untouched nature will leave your soul satisfied.
Afriski Mountain Resort, one of Southern Africa’s only two ski resorts, is here! Go shred some African slopes and après ski with a Maluti (The beer of Lesotho) in hand! The terrain for mountain biking is prime, and it is also a hikers paradise.
Sani Pass, a 4×4 haven, is a challenging and absolutely stunning road less travelled that is a must on your visit. At great altitude beginning at 1,544 metres (5,065 feet) and ending at 2,876 metres (9,435 feet) the views are worth it. It can even kick the adrenaline into action with all weather conditions possible: ice, snow and wind. At the top one can be highly rewarded for their efforts with an icy cold anything at “highest pub in Africa”, Sani Mountain Lodge. Accommodation is available here, whether you would like to camp or book a cottage. This great value for money lodge is well worth the experience and the views.
Organise a tour or Sani Pass Tours or hire your own 4x4 to take on this adventure.
See the Subeng dinosaur footprints! Admire t sandstone preserved archaeological splendour of creatures that roamed the earth around 200 million years ago! Located near the village of Hlotse and easily reachable, this is something you cannot miss. Get a local to take you up while you’re there to hear the full story.
Be blown away with a trip to the Ha Kome cave dwellings. These well maintained caves are where descendants of the Basia and Bataung clans reside. Horse ride through these history filled dwellings or pack a picnic and enjoy the day exploring.
From hills, valleys, passes, local settlements and snow-capped mountain ranges in winter, it is a feast for the eyes. A trip through the Sehlabathebe National Park, in the Maloti Mountains, boasts a wide range and some rare wildlife, flora and fauna.
Katse Dam, lays claim to the highest dam wall in Africa. Go check it out where the views stretch for miles in all directions and even take a tour.
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village is certainly worth a visit. Close to Maseru, it is a national monument and said to be the origin of the Basotho people. The sandstone plateau, a formidable fortress, established by, the founder of the Basotho Nation, King Moshoeshoe I, is considered by locals to have magical powers protecting the people against intruders.
Lesotho, easily accessible either via air, with the flight from Johannesburg into Maseru taking just over an hour, and the drive approximately 4,5 hours. Don’t forget to pack your passport!