On this tour you will experience all that a standard Sani Pass tour offers, plus the trip to Makhapung, a small Basotho village deep in the highlands of Lesotho. This village is still untainted by tourists, with all it’s cultures and traditions preserved. This day offers a real insight into the lives of the Basotho nation.
From Sani Top we cross the Sani Plateau before climbing the Black Mountain Pass (3240m). From here you can see Thabana Ntlenyana (the highest point in Southern Africa). We then head down the Sehonghong Valley past Highland Basotho villages and on to Makhapung village.
Here you will visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song & dance routine and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and lunch with the villagers. A true, once in a lifetime, cultural experience.
This is a completely unique experience in which a meal, an additional private guide and activities are all included in the price. This is a sustainable tourism project.
UNDERBERG – SANI PASS – LESOTHO – MAKHAPUNG – UNDERBERG
|Highlights:||World Heritage Site
Highest Pub in Southern Africa
Kingdom of Lesotho
Living Basotho Village
Unique song & dance routine
Observe a secret ceremonial dance
Explanation of village life, rituals & traditions
|Depart:||7:45 am – 8:00 am|
|From:||Major Adventures Office
Main Street, Underberg
In some instances we may be able to pick you up at your Bed & Breakfast or Hotel
|Price:||R1450 per person|
|Lunch:||Picnic lunch included|
|Passports:||A valid passport is required. Visa conditions may apply. For further info on Visa’s check:
|Bring:||Warm clothing, sunscreen, binoculars, cameras etc.|
TOUR DURATION: 9-10 HOURS
Meet at our office at the Underberg Hotel to complete all the pre tour formalities. In some instances we may be able to pick you up at your B&B or Hotel.
After meeting your tour guide for the day we depart for the Sani Pass via the village of Himeville, past the local farmlands and into the foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A World Heritage Site. With the South African Border post formalities complete we begin climbing the Sani Pass switchbacks until we summit at the Lesotho Border. We stop periodically for photo opportunities.
The Sani Mountain Lodge offers a welcome refreshments and comfort stop at their Highest Pub in Africa. Spend some time gazing at the views from the Lodge.
We then drive into Lesotho, make our way up Black Mountain Pass and down the beautiful Sehonghong river valley and on to the remote village of Makhupung. Here we visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song & dance routine and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and picnic lunch with the villagers. A true, once in a lifetime, cultural experience.
The return trip back up the Black Mountain Pass to Sani Mountain Lodge will give you time to reflect on the experience that you have just had.
After a brief stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge and Lesotho Border Post formalities, we take the return trip back down the Sani Pass. Stopping again for photo opportunities or flora and fauna spottings that you might have missed on your way up.
Arrive back at our office in Underberg.