5 Day Lesotho Highlights Tour (Katse Dam)

Day Trips & Excursions, Major Adventures - Sani Pass Day Trips to Returns to original departure point

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For this tour we have chosen what we consider to be the main highlights of Lesotho. Some of which include the Sani Pass, historical sites, craft centre, dinosaur footprints, Katse Dam, Basotho culture experience, mountain passes and remote villages.The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho offers spectacular mountain scenery, rugged terrain and a rich local culture steeped in tradition. Discover the extreme environment of the Highlands and experience the Lowlands where altitude and climatic changes afford a completely different set of living conditions and lifestyle.Lesotho is an extraordinary country that will provide you a chance to experience the simplicity of a mountain people. This is an opportunity to explore nature still little changed by man, and unspoiled by crowds of tourists.
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.

What’s included

  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Cross border levies
  • Fully qualified & experienced guides
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Basotho village levies
  • Visit “highest pub in Africa”
  • Makhupung village activities & picnic lunch
  • Liphofung cave
  • Leribe craft centre
  • Dinosaur footprints
  • Katse dam
  • Thaba Bosiu
  • Maletsunyane Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Sani Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Katse Dam
  • Entry/Admission - Katse Dam
  • Entry/Admission - Semonkong Lodge
  • Entry/Admission - Major Adventures - Sani Pass Day Trips

What’s not included

  • Purchases of crafts & other retail items
  • Lunch on day 4 and 5
  • Optional activities at Semongkong Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Personal drinks & snacks

Itinerary

Day 1: Underberg to Oxbow Stop At: Sani Pass, Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal We 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Oxbow Lodge
Day 2: Oxbow to Katse Dam Stop At: Katse Dam, Maseru, Maseru District This 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Katse dam
Day 3: Katse Dam to Roma Stop At: Katse Dam, Maseru, Maseru District Spend 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in Roma
Day 4: Roma to Semongkong Stop At: Semonkong Lodge This 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Semongkong Lodge
Day 5: Semongkong to Underberg Stop At: Major Adventures - Sani Pass Day Trips In 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 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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