7 Day Roof Of Africa, Drakensberg and Lesotho Explorer (Johannesburg - Lesotho, return)

7 day guided multi-day tour from Johannesburg in South Africa to the bordering country of Lesotho

Please note: This tour only departs on Wednesdays

On this 7 day tour, we aim to explore the Lesotho highlands, do some pony trekking, hiking, cross six 3000m+ spectacular road passes, see Bushman Rock Art, wonder through an enchanted indigenous forest, enjoy Lesotho's only botanical garden, swim in crystal clear mountain pools (in summer only), explore the three nature and cultural reserves in the north of Lesotho, and return via the route known as "The Roof of Africa" after the famous motor rally which used to take place there. You will spend time with a Basotho family, getting to know more about the way of life of this tough but hospitable mountain people. A highlight is a visit to Katse Dam, centrepiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project which takes the water of the Lesotho Highlands via an incredible series of dams and tunnels through the mountains eventually coming out on the plains of South Africa's Free State province, where it gravity feeds to supply Johannesburg and Pretoria with water. It was touted as the biggest engineering project in the southern hemisphere in the 1990's when it was under construction, and the sight of the massive dam wall and the deep still lake it has created in the mountains is well worth beholding!

Wednesday - Day 1

Today we kick off our adventure travelling from Johannesburg via the majestic Drakensberg to Underberg. Travelling from north to south. Prepare yourself for a day of driving but we can promise it will be worth the while. This route is something special! We start or end at the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa, Johannesburg. Did you know that his is also the world’s largest man-made forest? We cross two of South Africa’s remarkable rivers, namely Vaal River and Tugela River.

Tugela River, 7 Day Roof of Africa, Drakensberg and Lesotho Tour

We go through three different biomes, The Savanna (the largest of all the biomes in SA), Thickets and Grasslands. On our route we pass through four provinces of South Africa: Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. This means we experience diverse cultural atmospheres from the likes of The Sotho, Tswana, Ndebele, Swati, Zulu, Xhosa and etc. We end at the Southern Drakensberg, which is a horse-riding and hiking heaven. After the beautiful drive, you will arrive at your destination at about 18h30 in the evening, where you will check in to your accommodation and be just in time for a delicious dinner prepared by your great hosts.
Accommodation: Dorm room (upgrade can be done during check-in, if available)
Included: Bus Transport, guided commentary along the way, dinner
Excluded: Breakfast, lunch and beverages

Thursday - Day 2

After breakfast, you will depart your accommodation around 9am by 4x4 vehicle and head up the world-famous Sani Pass. You will cross into Lesotho and carry on via Kotisepola Pass (3240m) and down the scenic Sehonghong Valley. A picnic lunch will be served by the river. 

Sani Pass, 7 Day Roof Of Africa Drakensberg Lesotho Tour

Continue on to arrive at Matsoaing village, the home of our hosts, a local family. They will show you around the area, where you can visit a traditional healer, experience traditional dancing and eat traditional meals with the family. You will overnight in a traditional rondavel.
Accommodation: Traditional rondavel
Included: Meals, activities

Friday - Day 3

Today, we will depart after breakfast and travel west, over another 3000m+ road pass, the Menoaneng . We will take in the beautiful scenery, then drop down, down, down to the major river draining the Lesotho Highlands, the Senqu (becomes the Orange River). We will cross the river at the low level Koma Koma crossing, then climb out of the valley, via the town of Thaba Tseka to arrive early afternoon at Katse Dam. 

Katse Dam, 7 Day Roof of Africa, Lesotho and Drakensberg Tour

We will then join the dam tour and get inside the dam wall for a most-interesting perspective of how dam walls are actually constructed! Afterwards, you will visit the lovely Katse Botanical gardens to experience some of Lesotho's beautiful plants and flowers in a magnificent setting. Your overnight will be at nearby cottages.
Accommodation: Cottage
Included: Meals, activities

Saturday - Day 4

After breakfast, we depart Katse and follow the lake north, up towards its headwaters. The road crosses the dam over the spectacular Malibamatso Bridge. We will then drive over another 3000m+ pass, Mafika Lisiu, at the top of which is Bokong Nature Reserve.

Bokong Nature Reserve, 7 Day Roof of Africa, Drakensberg and Lesotho Tour

Here we will have a light and a short hike afterwards to view the Lepaqoa Waterfall. We continue on down the other side of the pass, via the town of Hlotse to Ts'ehlanyane National Park. Overnight in the Riverside Huts at local lodge. A delicious dinner will be served at the lodge restaurant.
Accommodation: Riverside Huts
Included: Breakfast, lunch, activities
Excludes: Dinner and beverages

Sunday - Day 5

After breakfast, you will have a full day to enjoy the wonders of Ts'ehlanyane, either on a guided hike or horse-ride.

 Ts'ehlanyane National Park, 7 Day Roof Of Africa Tour

It offers spectacular mountain scenery, an enchanted indigenous forest, pools, waterfalls and a sense of serenity - making this a special place. You will return to your accommodation at the lodge for a second evening.
Accommodation: Riverside Huts
Included: Breakfast, activities
Excludes: Dinner and beverages

Monday - Day 6

You will depart after breakfast to the cultural reserve at Liphofung. The guide will interpret a very good panel of Bushman Rock Art, tell of the significance of the cave in Basotho history and then show us around the cultural village which has been set up there. 

Liphofung Bushman Rock Art, 7 Day Roof of Africa, Drakensberg and Lesotho Tour

We then continue on over the Moteng Pass, past  Oxbow Lodge, climbing Mahlasela Pass on to the „"Roof of Africa" route to the town of Mokhotlong, known in the 1950's as the most isolated outpost of the British Empire. Time permitting, we stop for a drink at the highest pub in Africa (at own cost), arriving back at the accommodation in Underberg at about 17:30. You will have the evening at leisure. Dinner will be served at the local restaurant.
Accommodation: Dorm accommodation (can be upgraded at reception, if available)
Included: Breakfast, activities
Excludes: Dinner and beverages

Tuesday - Day 7

Today you will have an early breakfast and depart with the bus at 08h30 towards Johannesburg. You can spend the day resting on the bus after an exciting few days or engage with the knowledgeable drivers about the areas you are passing through. You will arrive in Johannesburg by about 18h30 and will be dropped at the door of your accommodation.
Included: Breakfast, bus transport with guided commentary
Excluded: Lunch, beverages, accommodation

Tour Details

Package Cost: R13 950 per person
Departs from: Johannesburg
Ends in: Johannesburg
Starts on: Wednesdays
Ends on: Tuesdays
Duration: 7 Days / 6 nights

  • Bus travel with guided commentary
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Specified activities
  • All meals not specified above
  • Accommodation upgrade (if available)

Please note: You will be entering Lesotho, a different country, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that your visa documentation is correct for entry. Tours Africa, Mzansi or any other party on tour cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry at the border posts. Minimum 3 pax for departure.

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