Lesotho is a country that is landlocked and completely enclosed by South Africa and officially it is well-known as, the Kingdom of Lesotho. On the 4 October 1966, Lesotho announced its independence from the United Kingdom. Long before this took place, Lesotho was known to everybody as Basutoland. The name Lesotho itself means something along the lines of, land of the people who speak Sesotho. One of the largest cities in Lesotho is Maseru, which also happens to be the countries capital. Being so mountainous it can be a difficult country to explore in your own vehicle and it is advised to look into booking with an experienced overland tour provider.
Lesotho is a beautiful place to visit and offers a variety of landscapes from grasslands, waterfalls and lakes to majestic mountain ranges. Lesotho offers visitors a chance to see some rare fauna and flora and an abundance of opportunities for fascinating discoveries and adventures.
Take for example the Sani Mountain Pass, which can be located in the West of Kwazulu-Natal. The pass can be found between Kwazulu-Natal and Mokhotlong, in the North-eastern parts of Lesotho. This is the only pass over the Drakensberg that can take vehicles into the very mountainous area of the Kingdom Lesotho. To travel on this road you would need a 4×4, in fact it is actually law that you can only use a 4×4 vehicle to ride on the path. Various different tour companies offer guided tours along this route every year. The pass is about 9km long and lies between the borders of South Africa and Lesotho. The terrain is excellent for 4×4 enthusiasts and offers travellers beautiful views of the Mkomazana River. The difficult road through the pass, might be a thing of the past very soon, as it will eventually become a complete tarred road, so if you still wish to visit while the terrain is more rugged, it is best to do it soon.
You can also find the highest mountain in South Africa within the Lesotho borders. Thabana Ntlenyana is 3482m and is the highest peak found in Lesotho. The name actually means ‘Beautiful little mountain’. Visitors can enjoy a very scenic and challenging hike to the summit.
When in Lesotho, you must pay a visit to the Maletsunane Falls, one of Africa’s longest single drop waterfalls. The rushing water drops 192 metres creating a beautiful haze of mist and water. The town nearby is named after the falls, Semonkong, which means site of smoke. The area offers many adventurous and exciting activities from horse-riding, hiking, mountain biking, 4×4 trails to the highest abseiling point in the world.
Afriski Mountain Resort is the only ski resort that you can find in the Northern Highlands of Lesotho. Located in the Maluti mountains it offers visitors a world of adventure. In summer the resort offers activities like hiking, trail running, mountain biking and fly fishing. When the season changes visitors can enjoy the variety of snow activities such as; skiing, snowboarding, bum boarding as well as tubing down the slopes.
There are many tours available that will take you on an adventure through parts of South Africa and Lesotho. African adventure tourism has become steadily more and more popular. Why not try the 7-day tour from Ashanti Travel that will give you a chance to see the Addo Elephant Park, the Drakensberg as well as Lesotho. In Lesotho you will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery and even pay a visit to a traditional Lesotho Village. Even better is the 13 day tour, this will take you to the Drakensberg and Lesotho, but includes the Garden Route where you will enjoy wine tasting in Stellenbosch, a visit to the Cango Caves and lots more.
A short list of more adventure activities in Lesotho:
· Lesotho is a 4×4 adventure paradise offering a variety of off road routes that can only be reached by a 4×4 vehicle
· The Maluti Mountain range forms a high alpine basalt plateau and is great for abseiling down.
· Lesotho offers plenty of fly fishing opportunities and is a very popular sport in the region.