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Go! Camp & Drive - - Destination - Con­tact: 072 7676 578; info@zip­pisat.com

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 trad­ing­pos­tram@leo.co.ls. Roma Trad­ing Post has self-cater­ing bun­ga­lows, a back­pack­ers and camp­site. 00 266 5024 5001; roma@trad­ing­post­lodge.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; oxbowski@kings­ley.co.za

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.

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