BIRDHAVEN LODGE, HLOTSE, LESOTHO
Ensuite Double/Twin Room – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
This morning you will be collected by Roof of Africa Tours at 08:00 to start your 3 Day Guided Lesotho Highlights Tour. You will depart from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg in a 4WD vehicle and proceed into Lesotho via the steeply snaking Sani Pass with amazing views of the Drakensberg escarpment and valleys below. The Sani Pass climbs from 1,500 m to 2,874 m Above Sea Level with the last 8 kms climbing nearly 1,000 m ASL. The famous switchbacks overlooking the South African valleys are spectacular. You then climb further to the top of Black Mountain Pass at 3,240 m ASL.
The remote villages of the Sani Top and Mokhotlong areas are some of the most remote villages in Lesotho. You will get an inside look at the people living in this tough environment with a visit to a village.
Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking a beautiful vista of the Senqu River which becomes the Orange River in South Africa, an important river for several Southern African countries.
The route from Sani Top to Thaba Bosiu is often called the Roof of Africa route. You have already conquiered the Sani Pass as well as Black Mountain Pass. After lunch you tackle Taeeng Pass at 3,225 m and Motebong Pass at 2,820 m. Along the way you will see Letseng Diamond Mine (the world’s highest diamond mine), as well as Afriski Moutain Resort and countless villages and other picturesque scenes.
You then descend into the lowlands of the Thaba Bosiu area and visit the Bushman Paintings at Liphofung around 16:00.
This area of Lesotho is more built up than the remote highlands where you started. Now head to your overnight accommodation in Hlotse. You will check in at Bird Haven at approx. 18:00.
Bird Haven Guesthouse is set in a beautiful garden in the small town of Hlotse in the Leribe region.
You are booked in a Double Room with Dinner and Breakfast included. Room facilities include an ensuite bathroom, television, mini-bar fridge, coffee/tea station and free wifi.
Lesotho, known as the Kingdom in the Sky, holds a wealth of different experiences in store for those who visit there. Mountains, valleys and rivers present unforgettable panoramas for tourists. The mountains are the source of Lesotho’s crystal-clear water which also feeds the pastures for livestock. Diamonds are amongst the minerals found in the mountains.
This is essentially an alpine country, where villagers on horseback in multicoloured balaclavas and blankets greet you round precipitous bends. The hiking and trekking offer undulating expanses of pastoral charm, traditional rondavels (round huts with a conical roof) and innumerable grazing sheep.
The 1,000 m-high ‘lowlands’ offer craft shopping and sightseeing. In the southern, central and northeastern highlands, streams traverse an ancient dinosaur playground. This is genuine adventure travel.
Included : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast