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This full day tour takes you in a 4×4 vehicle on a scenic drive of the magical Midlands in KZN and up the spectacular Sani Pass to a Sotho village in the Kingdom of Lesotho. The day is broken for a light lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Every corner in the road presents another magnificent view; it’s an opportunity to see a completely different part of Kwa-Zulu Natal which can magically transform into a snow-covered wonderland in winter (May to September).
- Natal Midlands
- Kingdom of Lesotho
- Sani Pass
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various Durban beachfront hotels. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Durban available on request at an extra charge
Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic
|DEPARTURE TIME||6:30am Departs Monday, Wednesday & Friday (except 25-26 December and 1 January)|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
The Midlands in Kwa-Zulu is magical. It’s very similar to the Scottish Highlands with swathes of lush, fertile farmland interspersed with charming towns, rolling hills with pockets of indigenous forests smothered in thick mist and an abundance of crystal-clear rivers, dams and waterfalls. It stretches from Mooi River in the north to Howick in the south and spans both sides of the N3 highway to Durban.
The region was made famous by the Midlands Meander which is network of scenic routes that takes visitors to the homes and workshops of crafters, potters and artists. Accommodation in the Midlands ranges from quaint B&Bs on busy working farms to a magical stay in the famous Nottingham Hotel which is rumoured to be haunted.
It’s the ideal holiday destination for locals and international tourists as the Midlands Meander offers a vast array of activities; from canopy tours, mountain hikes and bicycle tours to arts and craft centres, top-quality restaurants and quaint pubs. It is also where you will find the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. An incredible steel masterpiece has been erected which is made up of 50 steel poles that align to form the face of the late Nelson Mandela.
Kingdom of Lesotho
Lesotho (le-soo-too) is a democratic, sovereign and independent country which is surrounded by South Africa. Also known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky, it is one of three remaining monarchies in Africa. It spans some 30 000 square kilometres and has a population of about 2 million.
Previously known as Basutoland, Lesotho gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The country adopted the name Lesotho which means “the land of the people who speak Sesotho’. The country lies at a considerable height above sea level and is the only country in the world which has all its land lying at altitudes in excess of 1 500 metres above sea level.
As you can image, Lesotho is a country of steep, often snow-capped mountains with deep, narrow valleys. It’s often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. The country is isolated from its neighbour South Africa because of the steep terrain and unpassable mountain roads so it’s relatively untouched by commercial development. Villagers on a famed Basotho pony wrapped in colourful blankets and wearing protective balaclavas are a common sight; often laboriously making their way over treacherous mountain passes to ply their trade in nearby towns.
The tour takes you to a rural village in the Mountain Kingdom. You’ll meet people who are warm and friendly and usually delighted to see visitors; and you’ll learn more about their way of life and daily struggle to survive in the mountainous terrain.
The Sani Pass is the only vehicle route over the Drakensberg escarpment and into the Kingdom of Lesotho. It is a stunningly beautiful route that winds its way up a steep mountain pass to the highest pub in Africa. You can only do the trip in a 4×4 vehicle, although locals happily do it on a Basotho pony.
Sani Pass was originally a trail that traders used to cross the steep mountain to reach neighbouring towns; using hardy pack animals to carry their goods. Very little has changed except you now see more 4×4 vehicles on Sani Pass than you do ponies and donkeys. The local inhabitants, the Basotho tribe, have hung onto their unique African mountain culture; they mostly live in traditional rondavels (round huts), tend to their crops by hand and hoe, herd sheep and goats and plough their fields with oxen.
Visitors need a passport to enter Lesotho and visa conditional may apply. The Lesotho border post opens a 6am and closes at 6pm.
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