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$947.45 Multi-day & Extended Tours

The Roof of Africa via Katse Dam

Day 1Depart from Underberg (or collection en route, if applicable) in a four wheel drive vehicle at 08h00 and travel via the Sani Pass with a stop for early tea at Sani Top Chalet. We then travel on to Black Mountain Pass. A short walk will take us to vantage point to view Thabana Ntlenyana - the highest peak in Southern Africa at 3482m. We then travel on to Mokhotlong via the stunningly beautiful Sehonghong Valley where we will stop at “10 Riverside” for an ethnic Basotho experience. After a short drive we arrive in Mokhotlong ( once billed as the remotest outpost in the British Empire) where we have dinner and overnight.  Day 2 After breakfast we depart from Mokhotlong across the roof of Africa and travel down the Moteng Pass to Liphofung a cultural and historical site of the San people and later, the Basotho. We continue on via Leriba (for good crafts) to Katse Lodge. We stop at Bokong Nature Reserve where beauty and serenity lie within the waterfalls. We have dinner and overnight at Katse Lodge. Day 3 After breakfast we visit the Interpretive Centre and go on a tour of the Katse Dam wall. After the tour we travel via Thaba Tseka, Linakaneng and St James Mission to Sani Top Chalet (the highest pub in Africa) where we have dinner and overnight. We have a sunrise breakfast on the deck of Sani Top Chalet (weather permitting) overlooking Kwa Zulu Natal, before we descend the Sani Pass back into Underberg.

$1060.58 Day Trips & Excursions

5 Day Lesotho Highlights Tour (Katse Dam)

ItineraryDay 1: Underberg to OxbowStop At: Sani Pass, Underberg, KwaZulu-NatalWe depart from Underberg at 8am and tackle the 4x4 drive up the legendary Sani Pass. After a drinks break at the “Highest Pub in Africa” we make our way up Black Mountain Pass and down the beautiful Sehonghong river valley and on to the remote village of Makhupung. Here we visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song & dance routine and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and picnic lunch with the villagers. A true, once in a lifetime, cultural experience.We then climb to the “Roof of Africa” past the Letsing Diamond Mine (world’s highest diamond mine), over the highest pass in Lesotho (Tlaeeng Pass, 3279m)(Africa’s highest motorable pass) and on to Oxbow Lodge. Overnight.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Oxbow LodgeDay 2: Oxbow to Katse DamStop At: Katse Dam, Maseru, Maseru DistrictThis morning we leave the Maluti Mountains as we drive down the scenic Moteng Pass and into the Lesotho lowlands. We visit the Liphofung Cave which has been used by people since prehistoric times and includes San rock art on the walls. Learn all about this special site.We then take a slow drive past numerous Basotho villages, through the town of Butha Buthe to a site that contains 3 species of dinosaur’s footprints, Massospondylus, Heterodontosaurus and Lesothosaurus ("lizard from Lesotho").After a visit to the Leribe Craft Centre we make our way to Katse Dam, stopping on route for a picnic lunch. After a dam wall tour we overnight at Katse Dam.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Katse damDay 3: Katse Dam to RomaStop At: Katse Dam, Maseru, Maseru DistrictSpend the morning driving through the scenic Lesotho Highlands of the Maluti Mountains before making our way down into the lowlands. Picnic lunch on route.The next stop is Thaba Bosiu where the Basotho nation was built. Moshoeshoe and his people took occupation here and was never conquered by his invaders. Overnight at Roma.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in RomaDay 4: Roma to SemongkongStop At: Semonkong LodgeThis morning we visit some more dinosaur’s footprints before climbing back into the Lesotho Highlands and on to the town of Semongkong. Here you will have time to explore the daily life of this bustling, remote trading village. An optional Town Tour & Blanket Presentation are highlights and if you feel up to it a Donkey Pub Crawl is also an option. Lunch at own cost. Overnight at Semongkong lodge.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Semongkong LodgeDay 5: Semongkong to UnderbergStop At: Major Adventures - Sani Pass Day TripsIn the morning we visit the amazing Maletsunyane Falls, “Place of Smoke”. These falls create “smoke” because it is one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in Southern Africa, with a flow of water falling 187 m. Before leaving the Kingdom of Lesotho we take one more scenic drive through the Lesotho Highlands to Qacha’s Nek border post. We pass through Matatiele before making our way back along the front of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains to Underberg.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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