See Sani Pass, Katse Dam, Maletsunyane Falls and Thaba Bosiu on a six-day, guided self-drive tour with go! Drive & Camp Tours, in conjunction with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures.
Our adventure starts in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Himeville, where we meet at the Stone House Café. For the rest of the day we do the awe-inspiring drive up Sani Pass. After clearing customs on the South African side, we have a picnic lunch and then make our way up the pass with more than enough time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Our accommodation for the night is the cosy Sani Mountain Lodge. It feels like you’re literally on top of the world at this lodge, which is built on the edge of the Drakensberg and affords breathtaking views into KwaZulu-Natal.
Our route to Katse Dam takes us along the highest roads in Southern Africa. We cross the Senqu River, which becomes the Orange River when it enters South Africa. The houses that we stay in at Katse overlook the dam. We relax tonight with dinner in the restaurant.
After a big breakfast, we do a guided tour of the Katse Dam wall and learn more about the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. We spend the rest of the day driving a circle route around the dam, with a picnic lunch on the way, and return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.
Today we traverse mountain passes such as the God Help Me and Blue Mountain passes. We get a glimpse of the Mohale Dam, which is also part of the Highlands Water Project. In the late afternoon we arrive in the small town of Ramabanta, where we stay over at the Trading Post Lodge for the next two nights and get spoilt with homemade food.
We take it easy today. We’ll visit Maletsunyane Falls at Semonkong, where the water drops 192 m down a cliff, have a picnic lunch, and return to the lodge to relax for the afternoon. There are some lovely walks in the area and you can go horse riding.
After our last big breakfast together, we make our way towards Maseru. We drive around Thaba Bosiu before we say our goodbyes at the visitor centre near Maseru Bridge Border Post, and then everyone goes their own way.