Welcome to the Kingdon in the Sky-Lesotho!

                                         Mountain Biking in Lesotho is a Must!

 TOUR-1                                                                                          Hiking-Half Day! 
                                                                                     3 Hours Hike - Botsoela-Waterfall Tour! 

Pickup at Maseru airport and be transferred to Malealea lodge,in a 4x4 vehicle. Panoramic views to the Gates to Paradise (2001 meters) valley with farmlands, grassland around is dotted with the yellow flowers of Euryops, the white Arum Lilies, the bright red and yellow colours of the Red-Hot Pokers and plenty of other wild flowers. The walk in some place has very loose rocks and good walking shoes or hiking boots are required on the way down takes 10 minutes and return 15 minutes walk back up the single track. If we are lucky a small group of boys will be playing and dancing with their home-made musical instrument,which echoes off the Botsoela Falls cliff face. There’s basically only one section you might need help with! After viewing of the Botsoela Falls we return to the 4x4 vehicle, the ascending road pass becomes very rugged before the summit . We drive to the view point overlooking the Gates to Paradise valley from East to West! Lunch at Lodge and be transferred back to the Maseru airport. 
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TOUR-2                                                                            Full Days –Acitivities! Pony Trekking or Hiking!  
                                                                      Half Day –  Botsoela-Waterfall and Half Day- Echo Caves-Rock Art Tour! 
Departure after breakfast at 08H30 from Maseru airport or lodge be transferred to Malealea lodge. Panoramic views to the Gates to Paradise valley with farmlands, grassland around is dotted with the yellow flowers of Euryops, the white Arum Lilies, the bright red and yellow colours of the Red-Hot Pokers and plenty of other wild flowers. The walk down takes 10 minutes and return 15 minutes walk back up the single track. If we are lucky a small group of boys will be playing and dancing with their home-made musical instrument,which echoes off the Botsoela Falls cliff face. There’s basically only one section you might need help with! After viewing of the Botsoela Falls we return to the plateu, the ascending road pass becomes very rugged before the summit . We drive to the view point overlooking the Gates to Paradise valley from East to West! San Rock Art Hike-2.5 Hours. Echo Caves 1 & 2 We take a leisurely walk through rural farmlands and scenic villages along the way! After +-30 minutes of walking ,a stop at a village perched overlooking the Makhaleng River Valley. From here well descend via a single bridle track/pathway at a +-35 degree gradient towards the Makhaleng river basin! Our guide will lead the way and give explanations along the way,about the area we are about to enter! Please be careful of the footing,as it becomes very treacherous at various points! The 2 x caves are called-Tohlang place 1 and 2 and the whole area is called-Lehaha Le Eabuoy Ego Caves-which means ,the caves of Echoes! The San Rock Art painted onto the walls of bare rock ,are the best descriptions ,I’ve not seen preserved in a very long time! Once reaching these caves our guide will give a descriptive history of the San People and their nomadic history throughout Lesotho. The description of the paintings will be described and each illustration will be discussed in detail! The ascent back will be uphill all the way and stops will be made for photographs and a rest stop. We have a choice of either returning back to Malealea Lodge for lunch or taking a packed lunch! 
Return back to Maseru lodge. 
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TOUR-3                                                                                    Lesotho Overland- 3 Nights / 4 Days
                                                                                          Abseiling- Guinness World Records. (204m). !! 

Day 1: Meals-own cost! (depending on flight arrival). Abseiling ,is your -own cost!
Departure from Maseru airport and visit Thaba Bosiu – Moshoeshoe’s strong hold, that was never taken, this is a very important historical site. On top of the
flat –topped hill are remains of the kings dwellings with 230 royal graves. The Basotho guide will lead us and give all the explanations, people should be prepared to walk. The Thaba Bosiu village is not finished yet, but people could view it as well. Lunch at Thaba Bosiu restaurant. After lunch depart via 4x4 dirt road to Kome Caves. Where a local Basotho guide will lead us down to the Cave Dwellings and tell us the history of the people ,that reside there! 
Overnight: at Semonkong Lodge. 

Day 2: All meals-own cost! 
After breakfast you go for Abseiling training and prepare yourself for the next day to abseil at Maletsunyane Falls! The training is done for the half day at the lodge. We strive to conserve the environment. World Record Maletsunyane Abseil This is the longest commercially operated single-drop abseil in the world as stated by Guinness World Records. (204m). 
Overnight at Semonkong Lodge.

Day 3: All meals-own cost! 
After a good breakfast we go for abseiling in Maletsunyane and there is still time for Dinosaur footprints after lunch. 
Overnight at  Semonkong Lodge.
 
Day 4: All meals-own cost! 
Depart lodge after breakfast for Maseru airport-Moshoehoe .
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TOUR-4                                                                                 Birding Tour –Lesotho : 4 Nights/5 Days 

Day 1- Dinner-Included!
Arrival in Underberg/Himevile in the late at the Guest Lodge. 
Overnight –KarMichael Country Lodge. 

Day 2- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Take a guided tour from the small Kwa Zulu Natal towns of Underberg and Himeville and through the Southern Drakensberg into the highlands of Lesotho. Depart at 06H30 from Guest Lodge, with a packed breakfast and lunch provided for and start to ascend the Legendary Sani Pass. You will see the Bush Blackcap, Ground Woodpecker and the Gurneys Sugar Bird. Whilst travelling from scrub to Proteas grassland. Once at an altitude of (1800m) one may find species such as the Drakensberg Siskin and the Drakensberg Rock jumper. While on tour, one may at any time see the majestic Bearded Vulture, which inhabits the mountainous regions of the Lesotho highlands. The Bearded Vulture uses Lesotho for its nesting, but forages mostly in the Ukhahlamba National Park of the Southern Drakensberg special will be the Mountain Pipit, only seen in the summer months. Due to their constant change in habitat and once in Lesotho (2874m) several species found in the Karoo areas may be seen right across the Kwa Zulu Natal border, such as the Skewing Chat, Thick-Billed Lark, Lanyards Tit-Babbler and others. After a packed lunch, we now start ascending the Black Mountain Pass (3394m). Theres always a good chance of seeing the Cape Vulture, Lammergeier/Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Harriers and the Black Eagle. Descend the Black Mountain (Seqodo Pass) and visit the New Highest Pub in Africa-the Sani Stone Lodge for a refreshment stop, if time permits. Descending the Sani Pass back into South Africa, we might see a couple of birds we missed in the late afternoon. Arrival at Guest Lodge.
Overnight –KarMichael Country Lodge. 

Day 3-Breakfst ,Lunch & Dinner.
Depart after breakfast at 08H30 and travel along farm road through East Griqualand up the Ramatisoeliso Pass (2000m), viewing birding along the way back into Lesotho and a packed lunch on route to the Sehlabathebe National Park (2400m). Once we’ve booked into our rooms, we should have some daylight left to view birding around the lodge. 
Overnight –Sehlabathebe National Park. 

Day 4-Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner.
Depart at 06H30, with packed breakfast and lunch provided. We ascend a slight pass, which reminds us of the Sani Pass, overlooking the whole National Park, viewing of birding along the way. We descend into the actual Park itself. Whole day spent in National Park, viewing birding and slight walks involved for different areas in the Park. 
Overnight –Sehlabathebe National Park.

Day 5- Breakfast & Lunch.
After breakfast at 08H00, we go back to our rooms pack and depart at 09H00.Via the same route on the 3rd day, except now we travel via Matatiele and back to Underberg. Arrival in Underberg early afternoon+-14H00. 
(We either have a choice-overnight in Underberg /Himevile and have afternoon at leisure or get transferred to Durban)? Additional cost 
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                                                                                                  Valid Passports Essential
 
 

TOUR-5                                                                          7 Nights/8 Days Hiking or Pony Trekking!
                     Pony Trekking or HIKING TRAILS OVERNIGHTING IN BASOTHO VILLAGES EXPERIENCING “THE REAL AFRICA”  

The treks are usually about 7 hours each day. The huts and horses are hired from the Basotho people in remote areas. The huts are very basic and are equipped with a gas cooker, cooking & eating utensils, mattresses on the floor, and a bucket of water. On trek you experience “THE REAL AFRICA”, staying in Basotho villages. The trails traverse spectacular mountain passes and some of Lesotho’s highest waterfalls. Basotho Guides and a packhorse accompany the treks. This is an adventure ,at your own risk! Your name ,number and next of Kin to be left at reception, before departure! Indemnity forms are to be signed! 

Day 1-Lunch & Dinner-Included! 
Pickup at Maseru airport and be transferred to Lodge. After lunch at Malealea lodge a local guide will take you on a +- 3 hours hike to view San Rock Art Paitnings. The San Rock Art painted onto the walls of bare rock ,are the best descriptions ,I’ve not seen preserved in a very long time! Once reaching these caves our guide will give a descriptive history of the San People and their nomadic history throughout Lesotho. The description of the paintings will be described and each illustration will be discussed in detail! The ascent back will be uphill all the way and stops will be made for photographs and a rest stops along the way. Arrival back at Malealea Lodge in time for local dancing and the local band ,which have hand-made instruments. Dinner back at Lodge. Overnight:Malealea Lodge. 

Day 2 –Hike- Malealea to Ribaneng, 6-7 hrs. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner-Included! 
Your pack bags will be brought to your rooms in the morning where you can pack your gear in soft duffel bags or waterproof plastic bags. After breakfast you will be introduced to your horses and guides. After signing the indemnity forms and getting your helmets whist the guides strap your bags to the packhorses, you will be given a short briefing about how to ride the horses. Hikers will pack their saddle bags, wait for packhorses to be saddled up and they can start walking. The terrain is rough with a steep descent, river crossing and steep ascent and once you’re on top of the first valley, the going gets easier. After a few hours, you will get a chance to rest and have a picnic lunch and then it’s only a few more hours to Ha Khotso, you first overnight stop. The Ribaneng Falls have been in full view for the last hour, and we are looking forward to seeing them from close up. We unpack our gear in the hut, brew a cup of tea, and then head for the bottom of the falls, a two hour return hike. Very impressive they are, two single drops, fifty meters each, and a welcome ice cold pool at the bottom. Overnight: Ha Khotso – village huts. 

Day 3- Ribaneng to Ketane (6 – 7 hrs) . All meals-Included!
This morning is a tough uphill where you go from 1850 meters to 2600 meters via the top of the Ribaneng Falls. We stop here for a break and to admire the view. This pass was aptly named “Slide Your Ass” by the Roof of Africa Rally bikers, which was part of the route until, because of the erosion, it became suicidal impossible to negotiate. Even the Basotho pony, famous for its surefootedness, has difficulty here. As a matter of interest, in the early trading days under British rule, the ride from Malealea to Semonkong took twelve hours, today it takes up to three days, the old bridle paths are so badly eroded. From the top, it is practically downhill all the way for about three hours, to Ha Hlalele (Georgina’s village) where you will overnight. In the afternoon, you can do a short hike to view the Ketane Waterfall and Gorge, a 122m drop – about 2 hrs.
Overnight: Ha Hlalele – village huts. 

Day 4 -Ketane to Semonkong Lodge. (6 hrs). Breakfast & Lunch-Included, Dinner-own cost! 
World Record Maletsunyane Abseil This is the longest commercially operated single-drop abseil in the world as stated by Guinness World Records. (204m). Today is a gentle ride/hike via the spectacular Maletsunyane Falls. Maletsunyane Falls is 204 meter high – the highest single drop falls in South Africa. We view the falls from the top of the gorge and then ride on to Semonkong lodge. The pace today is much easier, though the altitude and terrain can make the going tiring. It feels good to be in civilisation even if it’s for one night.You can order drinks from the bar and good,wholesome food from the restaurant. Overnight: Semonkong lodge – en-suite lodge accommodation. 

Day 5- Semonkong Lodge to Ketane (5 hrs). Breakfast & Lunch-own cost.Dinner –Included! 
After a hearty breakfast and collecting our packed lunches we head back to Ketane village. The route is spectacular – even if it’s the same route, you experience different views pony trekking in a different direction. Georgina welcomes us back to Ketane. You can hike to the top of Ketane falls in the afternoon if you did not do this on the previous occasion. This takes about 2 hrs. 
Overnight: Ha Hlalele – village huts. 

Day 6 -Ketane to Thaba Kotje (6hrs). All meals- Included! 
The ride takes about 6 hours. It’s an easy ride as you the route takes you along the top of the mountains.
Overnight: Thaba Kotje – village huts. 

Day 7- Thaba Kotje to Malealea (7hrs). Breakfast,Lunch& Dinner-Included! 
PLEASE NOTE: When the Makhaleng River is in flood, we have to use the bridge which will add about 2 hours to the ride. You descend into the Valley of Paradise, where you are welcomed with hot showers and the comforts of Malealea Lodge. You can enjoy a hearty home cooked meal and much camaraderie round the fire in the evening. Paradise Pass (2001m). 
Overnight:Malealea Lodge. 

Day 8-Breakfast & Lunch-Included (Depending on departure flight!). 
Depart Malealea Lodge after breakfast , for Maseru airport. The tour will finish off by visiting Morija, named after the biblical Mt. Moriah. Established in 1956. Morija has maintained the magic that first attracted the missionaries. It is the only forested village in Lesotho, with every road lined with trees, some of which dating back more than a century. Hidden between the trees is the historic ‘mother church’, as well as the schools, the printing works, the hospital, the museum and other institutions established by the missionaries. 
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                                                 If the number of people increase or decrease, the costing will be adjusted accordingly! 

We supply- Cutlery, crockery, pots and pans. Mattresses on the floor at the overnight huts. Gas cooker Bucket of fresh spring water for cooking, drinking and washing. (If you have a sensitive stomach use water purification tablets or boil the water first before drinking). 

What to bring- Sleeping Bags or you can hire sleeping bags from the Lodge-own cost ,but not very warm! For Summer only! Rain Suit & Warm clothing Sunscreen & Hat Torch, Candles or Gas Light Water Bottle – Water Purifying Tablets (Optional) First Aid Kit Suggested items of Clothing Other necessary items Change of clothing Long sleeve trousers and long sleeve shirt. Short sleeve shirt and shorts Warm Fleece and Rain Jacket/Suit Wide-brim hat and Sunscreen Scarf around Neck. Extra pair of shoes Swim suit Toiletries Towel White gold (Toilet Paper) Dish washing liquid, dish sponge/cloth and drying cloth Black Bin Bags Bottle opener/can opener Swiss army knife Tupperware containers Should you have a small camping stove, bring it along just in case.
Food-is supplied ,but for very basic needs.Please advise ,if you would like to choose your own supply of food?


TOUR -6                                                                    Lesotho Mountain Biking - 7 Nights / 8 Days
                                                                                               OWN BIKES -REQUIRED!

Day 1: Pickup at Maseru airport and be transferred to Lodge.
Overnight: Botleng Guest Lodge.
 
Day 2: Depart after breakfast and do the Roma -Ramabanta ride. Route details: 51km, 1235 meters. Surface: 8km tarred road, 31km single track, and 12km gravel road. 
Overnight: Ramabanta lodge. 

Day 3: Rest Day or do the Semonkong loop with ride around Maletsunyane waterfalls-204 meters. Route details: 16km, 400 meters. Surface: 12km gravel road, 4km single track. 
Overnight: Ramabanta Trading Post lodge. 

Day 4: Depart after breakfast for the Ramabanta-Malealea ride. Route details: 62km, 1620 meters. Surface: 48km gravel road, 14km single track. 
Overnight: Malealea lodge. 

Day- 5: Depart after breakfast for the Malealea Loop. Route details: 54km, 1480 meters. Surface: 27km single track, 27km gravel road. 
Overnight: Malealea in Huts.

Day 6: Depart after breakfast for the Malealea-Morija ride. Route details: 63km, 1415 meters. Surface: 6km tarred road, 12km single track, and 45km gravel road. 
Overnight: Morija lodge. 

Day 7: Depart after breakfast for the, Morija-Roma ride. Route details: 45km, 920 meters. Surface: 10km single track, 25km gravel road, 10km tarred road. Overnight: Botleng lodge or similar in Roma. 

Day 8: Depart after breakfast at 06H30 and be transferred to Maseru airport. 

                                                                                                    END OF MTB TOUR! 
                                                                                                Valid Passports Essential! 



TOUR- 7                                                                     Lesotho Mountain Biking - 8 Nights/ 9 Days
                                                                                                  OWN BIKES -REQUIRED!

Day 1: Pickup at Maseru airport and transfer to Botleng Geust Lodge.

Day 2: Depart after breakfast and do the Roma-Metolong Dam Loop. Route details: 61km, 1520 meters. Surface: 45km gravel road, 9km single track, 7km tarred road. 
Overnight: Botleng lodge or similar in Roma.
 
Day 3: Depart after breakfast and do the Roma -Ramabanta ride. Route details: 51km, 1235 meters. Surface: 8km tarred road, 31km single track, and 12km gravel road. 
Overnight: Ramabanta lodge. 

Day 4: Rest Day or do the Semonkong loop with ride around Maletsunyane waterfalls-204 meters. Route details: 16km, 400 meters. Surface: 12km gravel road, 4km single track. 
Overnight: Ramabanta Trading Post lodge. 

Day 5: Depart after breakfast for the Ramabanta-Malealea ride. Route details: 62km, 1620 meters. Surface: 48km gravel road, 14km single track. 
Overnight: Malealea lodge. 

Day- 6: Depart after breakfast for the Malealea Loop. Route details: 54km, 1480 meters. Surface: 27km single track, 27km gravel road. 
Overnight: Malealea in Huts. 

Day 7: Depart after breakfast for the Malealea-Morija ride. Route details: 63km, 1415 meters. Surface: 6km tarred road, 12km single track, and 45km gravel road. 
Overnight: Morija lodge. 

Day 8: Depart after breakfast for the, Morija-Roma ride. Route details: 45km, 920 meters. Surface: 10km single track, 25km gravel road, 10km tarred road. Overnight: Botleng lodge or similar in Roma. 

Day 9: Depart after breakfast be transferred to Maseru airport. 

                                                                                                           END OF MTB TOUR! 
                                                                                                        Valid Passports Essential! 


TOUR - 8                                                                              Lesotho MTB Tour - 9 Nights / 10 Days 
                                                                                                  Own Mountain Bikes -Required!


Day 1: Dinner-Included!
Depending on flight arrival? Pickup at Maseru airport and be transferred to Roma. 
Overnight: Roma-Trading Post Lodge. 

Day 2: Depart after breakfast- All meals -Included=Acclimatization day! 
After breakfast assemble your mountain bikes. Roma Loop Route details: Roma Valley ride and 20km (easy riding in and around Roma) Surface: 8km single track, 8km gravel road, 4km tarred road. 
Overnight: Roma Trading Post lodge. 

Day 3: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast and do the Roma-Metolong Dam Loop. Route details: 61km, 1520 meters. Surface: 45km gravel road, 9km single track, 7km tarred road. 
Overnight: Botleng lodge or similar in Roma. 

Day 4: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast and do the Roma -Ramabanta ride. Route details: 51km, 1235 meters. Surface: 8km tarred road, 31km single track, and 12km gravel road. 
Overnight: Ramabanta lodge. 

Day 5: All meals-Included!
Rest Day or do the Semonkong loop with ride around Maletsunyane waterfalls-204 meters. Route details: 16km, 400 meters. Surface: 12km gravel road, 4km single track. 
Overnight: Ramabanta Trading Post lodge.

Day 6: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast for the Ramabanta-Malealea ride. Route details: 62km, 1620 meters. Surface: 48km gravel road, 14km single track. 
Overnight: Malealea lodge.

Day 7: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast for the Malealea Loop. Route details: 54km, 1480 meters. Surface: 27km single track, 27km gravel road.
Overnight: Malealea in Huts. 

Day 8: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast for the Malealea-Morija ride. Route details: 63km, 1415 meters. Surface: 6km tarred road, 12km single track, and 45km gravel road. 
Overnight: Morija lodge. 

Day 9: All meals-Included!
Depart after breakfast for the, Morija-Roma ride. Route details: 45km, 920 meters. Surface: 10km single track, 25km gravel road, 10km tarred road. Overnight: Botleng lodge or similar in Roma. 

Day 10: Breakfast-Included!
Depart after breakfast be transferred to Maseru airport. 
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