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Butha - Buthe / Leribe ( Hlotse ) + Katse Dam Tour - 2 N / 3 D

Country: Lesotho
City: Leribe
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Lesotho Overland Excursion
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Lesotho Overland Excursion- 2 Nights / 3 Days

Day 1: All meals-own cost!

Departure 08h30 from our office in Underberg at the Clock Tower Centre and travel to the World Heritage Site. Ascending the legendary Sani Pass with its hair- pin bends offering unparalleled vistas of the Sani Valley and Drakensberg Escarpment situated within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, one of our World Heritage Sites.

Proteas along the road, proceed to viewing of 12 Apostles. These geological structures are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Our Guide is taking care of the border formalities. At the summit at 2.874m we stop for refreshment at the Sani Top Chalet, the Highest Pub in Africa. Thereafter we proceed to the village and the Basotho culture will be explained. Ascending the Black Mountain Pass up to 3.280m, following the Senqu River. Nearby the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana with 3.482m, meaning “the little mountain which is a little nice”. Picnic lunch on route. Our guide will explain about the Letseng Diamond Mine while passing, It is the highest mine in the world (3.250m). Our journey takes us on tar road onto the summit of the highest road in Africa, the Tlaeeng Pass (3.255m)

The Roof of Africa. Slightly lower is the Pass of Guns with 3.240m, pass the Mahlasela Ski Slope to Oxbow within a Ski Resort. All mountains are covered in snow in winter. Stop for refreshment,then continue our journey ,for the twisting tar road to the summit of the Moteng Pass, with 2.840m one of the highest roads attained by normal two-wheel-drive vehicles in Southern Africa. This is the basalt roof of Southern Africa, a world of winter snows, frozen waterfalls, crisp clear air and crystal streams with fat trout. Descending into the Holola Valley (River of the Blue Crane), pass spectacular sandstone overhangs and rugged countryside to Butha-Buthe. This little town was named after King Moshoeshoe’s old mountain stronghold, Butha-Buthe, the Gatherer. Dinner at Lodge

Overnight: Oxbow Lodge.

Day 2: Breakfast.

After break fast we continue our journey to Katse Dam ,our way to Hlotse strange, richly colored rock shapes may be seen on all sides, creating the effect of a vast assembly of weird, petrified figures. Pass few missions and several rock shelters, the main road passes the Leribe Farmers Training Center to the town of Hlotse. It is the administration center of the Leribe district and originated in 1876 when a Mission outpost was established here. Picnic lunch on route. Continue on the Nelson Mandela Road, crossing the Malibamatso River (River of dark Pools) where the great Katse Dam has been constructed from 1991 1997. Our Guide is taking care of the security checkpoint. The Katse Dam is the one of the largest dams in the world and supplies water to Witwatersrand (Gauteng, Soweto), Farming, Mining in South Africa and irrigates the lowlands in Lesotho.Guided tour into the dam wall. Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Katse Dam Lodge.

Day 3: Breakfast.

After breakfast at the lodge, departure on dirt road towards Thaba Tseka. Watch the majestic Cape Vultures in flight and beautiful butterflies in summer time. Thaba Tseka, meaning “the mountain with a blaze”, houses a stud farm for breeding Basotho Ponies and a tree nursery. Cross the Koma-Koma Bridge, which is flooded when the sluice gates of Katse Dam are opened. Refreshment stop at the shabeen (pub) at Taung village. We pass an old Trading Store, today the Molumong Guesthouse and the St. James Mission. Rocky Mountains and hills with patches of maize fields where Basotho’s work on their land with loving care. Cairns within the mountains for the shepherds to protect their sheep and cattle from wild animals. Steep gorges and valleys, dotted with little Basotho huts. Picnic lunch on route. Ascend the Black Mountain Pass up to 3.280m, follow the dirt road to our next destination. Awesome view of the Hodgon’s Peaks and the Giants Cup. Our Guide will take care of the border formalities. Descending the Sani Pass beneath towering cliffs, buttresses, past waterfalls and unique flora and bird life. Following the Mkomazi River back to Underberg. Arrival time back to Underberg is approximately 16h30.


The cost is for minmum of 2 people,at a per person rate!

Valid Passports Essential

Please advise your Nationality, as Lesotho has Visas restrictions on certain countries.

Included: Excluded:

Accommodation & meals as indicated Personal expenses & Insurances

Mineral water Beverages & Alcohol

Transport in 4x4 vehicle All entry fees

Driver/guide fees Tips to Guides

2x Airport Transfers

General Information - Lesotho Overland Tours

Every guest on tour is entering a rural and unspoiled African terrain. Therefore it is necessary to travel with a flexible and tolerant mind.

Accommodations, bathroom facilities and meals are at most places very basic, simple and rustic.

Most lunch stops base on packed lunches or picnic meals.

There are no toilet facilities on route or very seldom.

We reserve the right to alter any routes or itineraries should circumstances, like weather, road conditions, unforeseen obstacles, etc. so demand.

Some accommodations use generators for the supply of electricity, which switches off at 22:00, and gas geysers for hot water supply.

Please note Katse Dam Lodge has 8x doubles, 6x singles + flats that can accommodate 12 people, two share bathroom e.g room 1 & 2 share bathroom etc.

Please bring soft bags only for this trip.

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