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Price Per Person

USD 1,600
Country: Lesotho
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Cultural / Botanical Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day1-LD

Transfer from Durban Airport, arrival in Underberg/Himeville late afternoon.

Overnight at guest lodge-Seaforth Country Lodge.

Day2-BLD

After breakfast at 08H30, depart guest lodge and viewing of botany, while ascending the Sani Pass. Packed lunched provided for from guest lodge. On entering Lesotho, we park the 4x4 vehicle at the Lesotho Border Post (2874m) and do a short walk towards Hodgsons Peaks (Giants Cup)-3257m, viewing of botany along the way.

Overnight at Sani Stone Lodge (the new highest pub in Africa).

Day 3-BLD

Depart from Sani Stone Lodge after breakfast at 08H30. We now ascend the famous Black Mountain Pass (3394m) and viewing of botany along the way. Packed lunch provided for from Sani Stone Lodge. Once we reach the top of Black Mountain Pass, well proceed to do a short walk and viewing of botany towards the highest point in Southern Africa-Thabana Ntlenyana (3482m).

Overnight at Sani Stone Lodge

Day 4-BLD

Depart the Sani Stone Lodge, after breakfast at 08H30 and descend the Sani Pass back into South Africa. Packed lunch provided for by Sani Stone Lodge. We now travel towards East Griqualand and ascend the Ramatseliso”s Pass, viewing of botany while ascending the Pass.

Overnight at Sehlabathebe National Park

Day 5-BLD

After breakfast at 08H30, we now depart with 4x4 vehicles another 10 kilometers in the Sehlabathebe National Park. The Tsoelikanyane waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the park. This site hosts 23 percent of the plant species in the whole of Maluti Drakensberg area. The Sehlabathebe National Park is located in the Maloti Mountains in Qacha's Nek District, Lesotho, and is part of the larger Maloti-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Home to striking biological diversity as well as important cultural heritage, the park was first established on May 8, 1969. The landscape is dominated by grassland of various types. The larger ecosystem as a whole performs invaluable functions including providing freshwater to Lesotho and South Africa.

The Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho’s first national park, and second largest, is remote, rugged and beautiful, and getting there is always a worthwhile adventure, especially if you’re into wilderness and seclusion. Sehlabathebe means the “Shield of the Plateau”, mirroring the rolling grasslands, wild flowers and silence provide a sense of complete isolation. Situated in the south-east corner of Lesotho, at an average elevation of some 2,400 meters above sea level access could be challenging as it is rather remote.

The park provides the best secluded environment nature could offer with soaring mountain vistas, secluded rock pools, waterfalls, rock dwellings, massive overhangs, rock art, rock arches and a beautiful and unique ecosystem of plants, birds and animals. It offers a significant habitat to a range of unique Afro-Alpine and Sub-Alpine plants, mammals, avifauna, reptiles, amphibians and fish. It has spectacular scenery with unique rock formations. Most of the Park is taken up by a designated wilderness area and although small by international standards, it retains its natural character and is uninhabited. The Park is home to various outstanding biodiversity species, some of which are endemic and endangered. There are three endangered species, the Maloti Minnow (Pseudobarbus quathlambae), a critically endangered species of fish found only in the Park, and the Cape (Gyps coprotheres) and Bearded Vultures (Gypaetus barbatus).  Apart from the unique floral presence in the park, there are a record number of 65 rock art sites which have been identified in the Park, and other forms of previous habitation of the site.

World Heritage status. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 8, 2008 in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category. This park will be included into the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, Peace Park. Sehlabathebe is currently run under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture.

Day 6-BLD

Depart after breakfast at 08H30 and do short walks on the footpaths that lead out from the Sehlabathebe Lodge, to view botany .Lunch at Sehlabathebe restaurant. After lunch depart for Underberg/Himeville, arrival late afternoon.

Overnight Underberg/Himeville

Day 7-BL

Depart after breakfast at 09H00 for transfer to Durban Airport.

Cost is USD 1600pp

Including:

Excluding

All airport transfers                                                             

personal insurances

All accommodation                                                               

alcoholic drinks

3x meals a day                                                                         

curios

2x bottled water a day

 

All entry fees

 

4x4 vehicle+guide 

 

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