DIS­COVER MA­JES­TIC LE­SOTHO

Nomad Africa Magazine - - Na­ture & Wildlife | Link­ing Con­ser­va­tion And Ed­uca - Words: TIDI­MALO SHA­BAL­ALA

Cur­rency fluc­tu­a­tions have many a trav­eller as­sess­ing the op­tions avail­able to them. At a time with in­ter­na­tional travel is prov­ing to be an op­tion avail­able to only a few would be tourists in South Africa, Le­sotho presents a com­pelling propo­si­tion. Of­fer­ing world class fa­cil­i­ties, tourists are en­cour­aged to dis­cover the beauty of the “King­dom in the Sky”.

to South­ern Africans who look for­ward to win­ters where snow and ski­ing are the or­der of the day, the news that the rand is con­tin­u­ing to de­pre­ci­ate against the Dol­lar and Euro is a mat­ter of con­cern which could see many giv­ing up their ideas of jet­ting off to alpine slopes for a well-de­served break.

“The beauty of trav­el­ling to Le­sotho is that we not only of­fer the ul­ti­mate ski­ing and snow­board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Along with this there are many other at­trac­tions to be ex­plored. Away from the ac­tion on the slopes, those seek­ing to es­cape their hec­tic city life can find seren­ity in the beauty of the moun­tains year round. Hol­i­day­mak­ers can there­fore ex­pe­ri­ence the best of both worlds. We in­vite all travel en­thu­si­asts, from ad­ven­ture seek­ers to those just look­ing to re­lax, to visit us this win­ter sea­son and ex­pe­ri­ence the Le­sotho’s ma­jes­tic beauty first-hand.” says Te­bello Thoola, Head of Mar­ket­ing: Le­sotho Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

Le­sotho, Africa’s “King­dom in the Sky” presents a truly com­pelling propo­si­tion. Boast­ing the high­est moun­tain peaks in South­ern Africa with an av­er­age al­ti­tude of over 3 000 me­tres above sea-level, the lo­cal cur­rency (the Maloti) is on a par with the Rand, which means that money goes much fur­ther. Best of all it lies a 50 minute plane ride from Jo­han­nes­burg or, for those who pre­fer their own trans­port, a few hour’s drive from the city.

From the Le­sotho bor­der, there is only an 80km hop along good roads to reach ski­ing nir­vana-oth­er­wise known as Afriski, sit­u­ated in Le­sotho’s ma­jes­tic Ma­luti Moun­tains. The only ski re­sort in Africa at a heady 3 222 me­tres above sea level, Afriski is prov­ing to be in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive to South Africans and oth­ers who have dis­cov­ered the unique win­ter ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered by Le­sotho which is af­ford­able whilst of­fer­ing world class fa­cil­i­ties. En­thu­si­asts who would rather pocket the money they would have spent on in­ter­na­tional air­fares to Europe and use it lo­cally should con­sider Le­sotho as a truly unique way to in­dulge fully in the sport they love.

It is an ideal des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies as well as ad­ven­ture sports en­thu­si­asts as it of­fers af­ford­able pack­ages which mean that the en­tire fam­ily can en­joy some time on the pris­tine slopes. Whether ski­ing, snow­board­ing or sim­ply en­joy­ing the snow, Afriski of­fers an in­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. Lessons of­fered at all lev­els by qual­i­fied in­struc­tors en­sure that every­body can get the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from their ‘Ma­luti Moun­tains’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Opened in 2002, one of the at­trac­tions of the re­sort is the re­li­a­bil­ity of the snow falls that make the re­sort a great place to visit dur­ing win­ter- with the thick­est snows gen­er­ally tak­ing place to­wards the end of July ev­ery year.

The re­sort gives ev­ery­one from novice to ex­pert level skiers and snow­board­ers the chance to test their skills on the slopes which vary in gra­di­ent. Even novice skiers and snow­board­ers have been known to brave the tough­est peak af­ter a cou­ple of days train­ing from the re­sort’s ex­pert train­ing staff.

“The beauty of trav­el­ling to Le­sotho is that we not only of­fer the ul­ti­mate ski­ing and snow­board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Along with this there are many other at­trac­tions to be ex­plored. Away from the ac­tion on the slopes, those seek­ing to es­cape their hec­tic city life can find seren­ity in the beauty of the moun­tains year round. Hol­i­day­mak­ers can there­fore ex­pe­ri­ence the best of both worlds. We in­vite all travel en­thu­si­asts, from ad­ven­ture seek­ers to those just look­ing to re­lax, to visit us this win­ter sea­son and ex­pe­ri­ence the Le­sotho’s ma­jes­tic beauty first-hand.” says Te­bello Thoola, Head of Mar­ket­ing: Le­sotho Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

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