Roof of Africa Tour
Departure from Sani Lodge (9.00 am)
We travel by 4×4 vehicle up the Sani Pass. Cross into Lesotho and carry on via Kotisepola Pass (3240m) and down the scenic Sehonghong Valley. Picnic lunch along the way. Continue on to arrive at a remote village, accessible only on foot for the last 500 metres, the home of hosts Ntate Retumetsi and his family. Experiences may include visiting a healer and the school, traditional dancing, farming, storytelling and folklore all on foot. Sample meals from homegrown organic produce. Overnight in a traditional rondavel.
Travel through stunning mountain scenery
Spend the morning exploring village life. Then travel west, over another 3000m+ road pass, the Menoaneng. Beautiful scenery, then drop down, down, down to the major river draining the Lesotho Highlands, the Senqu (becomes the Orange River). Cross the river at the low level Koma Koma crossing, then climb out of the valley, to the town of Thaba Tseka.
Overnight at The Clan Lodge in Thaba Tseka which includes all meals.
Depart early for Katse Dam. We join the dam tour and get inside the dam wall! Visit the lovely Katse Botanical gardens to experience some of Lesotho’s beautiful plants and flowers in a magnificent setting. Departing Katse, we follow the lake north, up towards its headwaters. The road crosses the dam over the spectacular Malibamatso Bridge, then climbs another 3000m+ pass, Mafika Lisiu at the top of which is Bokong Nature Reserve. Lunch here and a short hike to view the Lepaqoa Waterfall. Continue on down the other side of the pass, to the town of Hlotse. Here we visit the excellent Leribe Craft Centre, a sheltered workshop producing beautiful mohair crafts. We continue from Hlotse to Ts’ehlanyane National Park. We arrive at the spectacular Maliba Lodge, a 5 star concession within the National Park, our home for the next couple of days.
The main lodge and 5 star accommodation is on a mountainside, high above the valley. We stay in the Riverside Lodges some distance away, but still part of the Maliba set-up. They are 4 bedroomed cottages. Maliba’s restaurant produces superb meals and our stay is on a full board basis!
Enjoy the wonders of the Ts'ehlanyane National Park
Full day to enjoy the wonders of Ts’ehlanyane, either on a guided hike or horse-ride. Soaring mountain scenery, an enchanted indigenous forest, pools, waterfalls and a sense of serenity make this a special place.
Second night in the Riverside Lodges..
Depart after breakfast to the cultural reserve at Liphofung. Here the guide will interpret a very well preserved panel of Bushman Rock Art. We learn about the significance of this cave in Basotho history prior to exploring the cultural village which has been set up there. Following this we continue on over multiple mountain passes to the “Roof of Africa” route. This brings us to the town of Mokhotlong, known in the 1950’s as the most isolated outpost of the British Empire.
We will then return via a stop at Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink in the highest pub in Africa. We aim to have you back at Sani Lodge Backpackers between 5 and 5:30 pm.
Two & Three Day Tour Options
Traditional cooking and a range of activities gives you a window into the lives of a proud and unique people.