Experience KZN & Lesotho
Sani Pass > Lesotho > Free State >
North KZN > Eastern KZN
Your amazing 7 day trip departs from Durban and meanders through the Midlands, up the Sani Pass, to the highest pub in Africa. You’ll then travel through the heart of Lesotho, traversing unimaginable mountain ranges and valleys. Back into South Africa, you’ll overnight at the quaint Free State town of Clarens, and then spend time in the history-rich area around Dundee, finishing off with a boat cruise and game drive in St. Lucia and Hluhluwe
6 Nights, 7 Days
Pick up from King Shaka International airport, we drive for about three hours to a farming village Underberg which is nestled on the foot of the Southern Drakensberg mountains.
En-route we will stop at Pietermaritzburg, the capital and second largest city in Kwazulu Natal which was founded in 1838. Here you will have approximately thirty minutes for a comfort stop and to purchase a snack should you wish to.
Continue on our way to Underberg through picturesque mountain passes. Underberg is a typical old-style South African farming town, with a mix of basic shops, pubs, dusty roads and visiting farmers bustling about. Along the Himeville Road, two new malls are an indication of the town’s recent expansion.
Approximate arrival at our destination is 15.30pm.
Staying overnight at the designated hotel for dinner, and breakfast.
07H00 Breakfast at Lodge/hotel
08H15 Depart for the Clock Tower (central Underberg) to start the trip up Sani Pass which is the only drivable road from KwaZulu Natal into Lesotho. Your qualified guide will give commentary on the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains as you drive. Weather permitting there will be photo stops where you can attempt to capture this awe-inspiring landscape.
10H15 We arrive at Sani Pass Border Control where we stamp out of South Africa and have the opportunity to use the restrooms. We then tackle the famous Sani Pass which is only 8 kilometres long but with an ascent of 1000m above sea level.
11H45 We reach the top of the pass and stamp into the “Mountain Kingdom.”
12:00 lunch to be served at the highest pub in Africa, after lunch we continue into Lesotho to an exclusive Basotho village where we will be welcomed in song. At this village we will immerse ourselves in the Basotho culture, and have a better understanding of how people live in Lesotho.
17:00 we check in at our lodge for the night just outside Mokhotlong.
Dinner @ 19:00
07H00 Breakfast at the Lodge
08H30 Depart for Clarence, a few kilometres after leaving Mokhotlong we climb the ‘ROOF OF AFRICA’ route with a brief stop outside the Letseng diamond mine which is the world’s highest diamond mine. We continue on the Roof of Africa which offers spectacular views of the kingdom. We descend into the lowlands of Lesotho via The Moteng Pass.
11:30 We arrive at Liphofong Caves, these caves were once a place of hiding and refuge for King Moshoeshoe 1 the founding king of Lesotho. This also a place where the San once lived who of-course we the first inhabitants of Southern Africa.
13:00 We have a picnic lunch at Liphofung. After lunch we drive through Botha Bothe which is a bustling town in the lowlands of Lesotho, on the way to Leribe. A brief stop at the Subeng stream to view some dinosaur footprints. Lesotho is well known for its largest concentration of dinosaur footprints. The earliest discoveries of dinosaur fossils were made by the missionaries in the area. We then proceed to the town of Leribe to visit a craft centre. The Leribe Craft Centre is an arts and crafts centre as well as an employment project which is run by the Anglican church. The centre will source its mohair from local farmers, they will then tease, comb and spin the mohair to create beautiful mohair products. We then backtrack to Botha Bothe then to the Caladon Spoort border control down to Clarence.
17:30 Check in
08H00 Depart for Battlefields (Dundee)
10h30 We visit the Siege Museum which is in Ladysmith. The museum is the custodian of the history of the “siege of Ladysmith”, which was a battle between the Boers and the English. This was the second Anglo Boer war.
13:00 We lunch at Dundee (own cost)
14:30 Check in at lodge. Spend the rest of the day at own leisure.
08H00 Depart for the battle fields (Isadlwana)
12H30 Lunch at Isandlwana Lodge Buffet After lunch we do Rorke’s Drift which is about 2 hours long.
19H00 Dinner at the Lodge
08H00 Depart for St. Lucia which is a 5 to 6 hour drive along the North Coast.
12H00 Lunch at St. Lucia
13H30 Check in at hotels (Elephant Lake Hotel)
15H00 Boat cruise (winter) 16h00 (summer) or time to be confirmed. The cruise is normally 2 hours in duration
06H00 Dropped off at Nyazi gate at Hluhluwe Umfolozi for morning Game drive (packed breakfast)
After the game drive your guide will pick you up at Nyazi gate to depart for Durban.
12H00 Lunch at Empangeni (own cost).
16h30 Check in at hotel of your choice.
We wish you a safe journey home and hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us – till next time.
Hamba kahle, sizo bonana futhi