I want to go too!
What type of vehicle?
If you want to drive this route, you’ll need a 4x4 with good ground clearance and low range. Also bring an extra spare, a tyre pressure monitor, compressor, and recovery gear.
What do I need at the border?
Your passport (South Africans don’t need a visa) and your vehicle’s registration documents. If the vehicle isn’t registered in your name, bring a permission letter from the bank or rental company.
Is fuel readily available?
Yes, there are filling stations with petrol and 50 ppm diesel in Semonkong, Roma, Maseru and Butha Buthe.
Cash or card?
There are ATMs in the town, but bring enough cash to pay for your accommodation and food in isolated areas, because many places don’t have card facilities, or the reception or electricity are intermittent.
Where did we stay?
Sani Mountain Lodge. Here are bungalows, a backpackers and a campsite. There is also a restaurant and a bar. 078 634 7496 Sehlabatebe National Park. Currently there is only accommodation for five people in two self-catering bungalows. There is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and electricity. 00 266 6386 8034 (Sefali Lesasana – leave a message if he doesn’t answer) Semonkong Lodge. Bungalows, a backpackers and campsite. There is also a restaurant and a bar. 00 266 2700 6037 or 00 266 6202 1021 Ramabanta Trading Post. Bungalows, selfcatering rooms and camping. Reservations: +266 2231 2238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Roma Trading Post has self-catering bungalows, a backpackers and campsite. 00 266 5024 5001; email@example.com Katse Lodge. Self-catering units, rooms and campsite. katse-accommodation.com New Oxbow Lodge. En-suite rooms, a restaurant and bar. 051 933 2247; firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan drove on his own and often in faroff places without cellphone reception. He took along an IsatPhone2 satellite phone from Zippisat to maintain contact with the outside world.