Eastern Lesotho Village Experience


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Sani Lodge Backpackers and Drakensberg Adventures along with all their staff and guides are greatly saddened at the passing away of Ntate Thabiso Nkune, our partner in the Eastern Lesotho village experience tours to No. 10 Riverside. Our condolences to his family and community. (Please read the obituary here)

The Eastern Lesotho Village Experience can be done as either a 2 day or a three day tour. The three day option allows you to get totally immersed in the community and culture and will allow you to get into the pace of life in the mountains. You will feel like part of the community when it is time to leave!

You can also combine the 2 day village experience with the 2 day pony Trek in the 3 day Combination tour.

The tour starts at 9am from Sani Lodge. We travel the spectacular 4x4 track up the Sani Pass and into Lesotho. From Sani Top, we drive about 50km into Lesotho, over Black Mountain Pass (at 3240m, the second highest road pass in Lesotho) and down the Sehonghong river valley, through rugged scenery. We have lunch by a set of lovely swimming spots in the river, and then head on into typical highland village country. See the picturesque Basotho rondavels, fields ploughed by oxen on steep gradients, shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats and Basotho riders, blanket-clad on their sturdy ponies. By early afternoon, we arrive at Matsoaing village, the home of our hosts for a day, the Nkune family. This hospitable family will do their best to help you gain an insight into the unique culture of this mountain kingdom.


Our program there will include:

  • Meeting the family and being shown around the home area

  • Being shown your quarters and settling in

  • Traditional Basotho dancing and singing

  • See traditional Basotho artefacts

  • Eating traditional meals with the family

  • A visit to the local primary school

  • A walk in the area and a look at a typical highlands village

  • A visit to a local ngaka (traditional healer)

  • Seeing local agriculture in action

  • On the 3 day trip, there is also time for a visit to the nearby highlands town of Mokhotlong.

  • An optional horseride hiring horses from local villagers
    (Cost is R100pp for a two hour ride plus the cost of the guide and the guide’s horse which is R300. The guiding rate is shared by all those who do the ride.)

Accommodation at No. 10 Riverside is in a 9 bedded dormitory. There is also a large rondavel with 4 beds for overflow. Linen is provided. There is no electricity at No. 10 nor running water. Clean drinking and washing water is fetched and provided to guests. The toilet is a “long-drop” (pit latrine).

After lunch on, we take our leave of the Nkunes and start the journey back to Sani Lodge. We'll stop off for a drink at the Highest Pub in Africa at Sani Top. Return to Sani Lodge by 5pm.

EASTERN LESOTHO VILLAGE EXPERIENCE OPTIONS:

2 DAY TOUR: Depart after lunch on day 2 and return via a drink at the Highest Pub in Africa to Sani Lodge by 5pm.

3 DAY TOUR – TOTAL IMMERSION: Spend an extra day with the Nkunes and have the time to really get a feel of the rhythm of life in the highlands. Climb a nearby peak, spend longer on horseback, help with the agricultural or cooking chores and become a part of the community!! There is also time to visit the highlands town of Mokhotlong.

3 DAY COMBINATION TOUR: Combine the 2 day Village Experience with the 2 day Pony Trek – a popular choice giving you the best of both tours!

REQUIRED: VALID PASSPORT(Please click here for Lesotho visa requirements and South African Entry/Exit regulations)

YOU BRING: Please download the KIT LIST FOR VILLAGE EXPERIENCE (click on the links)

Please have a look at our tour map or download Tour Brochure pdf file

If visitors take photos of any local people, we encourage them to print some of the best ones out and to send them to us at Sani Lodge. People in Lesotho do not own cameras, and absolutely love receiving actual printed photos of  themselves. If you post them back to us at Sani lodge, we will take them into Lesotho on future tours and try and ensure that the photo reaches its rightful owner! Post photos to us at P.O. Box 485, Underberg, 3257, South Africa.

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E Mail info@sanilodge.co.za

SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR RECEPTION. RECEPTION OPENING HOURS ARE 7AM TO 9PM. GUESTS PLANNING TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 9PM, WILL NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.