Driving over the Sani Pass

Sani Pass
Sani Pass
Sani Pass

I had the privilege this year to drive over the Drakensberg mountains via Sani Pass into Lesotho. Amazing! It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking roads in our beautiful country. The Pass itself is about 20 km long and only after the first 12km do you reach the South African border post… This is where the fun begins! The next 8km of no-mans land needs a four wheel drive…. Where anything can happen and everything can be seen!

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Lesotho – The Kingdom in the Sky

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kingdom
Lesotho, the Kingdom in the sky

Source: Out there Travel, autumn 2010

Lesotho, the Kingdom in the Sky, is a land for explorers, photographers, writer, historians and dinosaur hunters.

It’s not quite the Swiss Alps, but Lesotho does have a ski slope in the Maluti Mountains. Okay, so the main slope is just a kilometer long and snow guns work through the night to ensure an even spread of powder, but the Alps are a R10 000 flight away, whereas Afri-Ski Resort, perched at a 3 222m near Oxbow village across the boarder from Fouriesburg, is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg, and four hours from Bloem. Besides snow in June, Lesotho has several things the Alps don’t. For one, it’s a real-life Jurassic Park, with one of the world’s best dinosaur fossils and prints. There’s even a critter named after it: Lesothaurus was a small, plant-eating lizard from the early Jurassic period, and an artist’s impression shows it as an agile green beast with a flat black head like a snake.

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High on Lesotho

Lesotho
Lesotho
Lesotho

Source: The Weekend Argus, 13th/14th March 2010

Kate Turkington tackles some more mountains…

Lesotho
Lesotho
Lesotho
Lesotho

The invitation was to visit the mountains of Lesotho and look at birds and wild flowers. Lesotho? After Tibet? You must be kidding! How could anything possibly compare with my recent trip to the mighty Himalayas?
But my traveller’s curiosity got the better of me. Maseru was my only previous experience of Africa‘s Mountain Kingdom, which wasn’t exactly a Top 100 destination, but you never know…
My goal was Lesotho‘s only National Park, Sehlathebe, established more than 45 years ago and situated in Lesotho’s south-eastern corner, in the Qacha’s Nek District. I knew that Lesotho is one of Africa‘s smallest countries, but I had no idea that it’s also one of the most elevated. Most of the park lies at altitudes between 2 200m and 2 600m, and just outside the northern border, the mountains soar to 2 900m. The Orange River, whose source is in the highlands of Lesotho, flows through the park on its long journey west to the sea.

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