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From Durban: Sani Pass, Lesotho and Basotho Village Day Trip

1. From Durban: Sani Pass, Lesotho and Basotho Village Day Trip

Pack your passport and head up into the Mountain Kingdom for the day. At 3,240 meters (10,630 feet) above sea level, Lesotho can get a tad icy so wrap yourself up in an authentic Basotho blanket, which is yours for the day. You'll be taught how the blanket is tied and worn. After pickup from Durban or other available locations in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, make your first stop at Himeville, at the base of the mountains. Here, climb into a rugged 4x4 and meet your specialist Basotho guide who knows the Sani Pass like the back of his hand. Then, embark on the steep climb up the scenic and daunting Sani Pass as you make your way towards Lesotho. Get your passport stamped at the border and head into no-mans-land which connects South Africa to Lesotho. Keep your camera on standby as you don’t want to miss a chance to capture these dramatic vistas. If you’re lucky, you may even score an eland sighting. Elands are believed to be mystical animals that were revered by the SAN or bushman people of Southern Africa. Once you enter Lesotho, your guide will introduce you to a Basotho village where you have the opportunity to try traditional bread and beer. Tip: the bread goes wonderfully well with the soup of the day at the pub nearby. Tick another thing off your bucket list by enjoying lunch at Africa’s highest pub (own cost). Later, it'll be time to head back the mountain for your drive back to eThekwini/Durban for drop-off at your accommodation.

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Lesotho: 4-Day Roof of Africa Tour via Katse Dam

2. Lesotho: 4-Day Roof of Africa Tour via Katse Dam

Day One: Depart from Underberg and travel via the Sani Pass with a stop for early tea at Sani Top Chalet. Travel on to the Black Mountain Pass and take a short walk to a vantage point to view Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in Southern Africa at 3482m. Continue to Mokhotlong via the stunningly beautiful Sehonghong Valley and stop at 10 Riverside for an ethnic Basotho experience. After a short drive, arrive in Mokhotlong, once billed as the remotest outpost in the British Empire, for dinner and accommodation for the night. Day Two: After breakfast, depart from Mokhotlong across the roof of Africa and travel down the Moteng Pass to Liphofung. This is a cultural and historical site of the San people and later, the Basotho. Continue on via Leriba, for a stop to look at good crafts, to Katse Lodge. Stop at Bokong Nature Reserve where beauty and serenity lie within the waterfalls. Have dinner and stay overnight at Katse Lodge. Day Three:  Enjoy breakfast before a visit to the Interpretive Centre and a tour of the Katse Dam wall. Travel via Thaba Tseka, Linakaneng, and St James Mission to Sani Top Chalet, the highest pub in Africa, for dinner and your bed for the night.  Day Four:  Weather permitting, have a sunrise breakfast on the deck of Sani Top Chalet overlooking Kwa Zulu Natal. Descend the Sani Pass back into Underberg.

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What people are saying about Underberg

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

This tour was for the adventurous. The drive from Durban to the 4x4 vehicle just outside Underberg can be long but our driver kept the conversation moving, captivating and answered so many of our questions! The tour itself was a drive to the South African border, through no mans land with the sharp turns and steep cliffs. Our guide stopped along the way to allow us to take photos, explore and revel at the majestic pass. Up top through the Lesotho border you can explore a few small local shops, before heading to a local village to have some of the most delicious bread and beer I’ve ever tasted. You learn about the culture, challenges and history of the local Zulu people. You then head back towards to border for a lunch stop at the highest pub before making the slow drive back down the Sani pass to the SA border. Each way up and down the Sani pass is about an hour and half, and very bumpy!

Awesomeness, very beautiful scenes. Full of history & culture. Moments of magic that are unique to the pass. Loved it