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TOUR -1                                                          Lesotho Overland Tour-1 nights/ 2 days 

Maseru is the capital and largest city of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru District. Located on the Caledon River, Maseru lies directly on the Lesotho-South Africa border. Maseru is Lesotho's capital city with a population of approximately 320,000. The city was established as a police camp and assigned as the capital after the country became a British protectorate in 1869. When the country achieved independence in 1966, Maseru retained its status as capital. The name of the city is a Sesotho word meaning "red sandstones". By 1824, King Moshoeshoe had established himself as king. 

Day 1: Packed Lunch-Included and Dinner-Excluded. 
Depart from Durban and travel to Underberg , travelling through the small town of Swartburg. Enjoy travelling through picturesque farmlands of East Griqualand with traditional decorated huts along the route. A scenic drive through bushy landscape, small forests and farmland dotted with picturesque villages. Passing through Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, bordering on Kwa Zulu Natal before entering Lesotho via South Africa border post.Qacha's Nek is a district of Lesotho. Qacha's Nek is the capital or Camptown, and only town in the district. In the south, Qacha's Nek borders on the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and it has a short border with KwaZulu-Natal Province in the Far East. Domestically, it borders on Quthing District in southwest, Mohale's Hoek District in west and Thaba-Tseka District in the northern direction. Entering Lesotho and travelling through rural Lesotho villages, before turning right and crossing over the Orange/Senqu River.The Orange River, South Africa's major river, rises in the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where it is known as the Senqu. From where the river leaves Lesotho, it flows westward for some 2200km to where it finally flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. Dams The Gariep Dam, near Colesburg , is the main storage structure within the Orange River. From here the water is supplied in two directions, namely westward along the Orange River (via hydro-electric power generators) to the Vanderkloof Dam, and southward through the Orange-Fish Tunnel to the Eastern Cape. The total Orange-Senqu River basin extends over four countries, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa, and covers an area of 1 000 000 km². 64.2% (642 000 km²) of the basin falls within South Africa, 24.5% (245 000 km²) in Namibia, 7.9% (79 000 km²) in Botswana and 3.4% (34 000 km²) in Lesotho.The basin incorporates the central part of South Africa, which represents nearly half of the surface area of the RSA, the whole of Lesotho (where the main river is known as the Senqu), reaches to the southern part of Botswana, and drains most of the southern half of Namibia. Alluvial Diamonds In 1867, the first diamond discovered in South Africa, the Eureka Diamond, was found near Hopetown on the Orange River/Senqu River. Two years later, a much larger diamond known as the Star of South Africa was found in the same area, causing a diamond rush. This was soon eclipsed by the diamond rush to mine diamonds directly from kimberlite at Kimberley in 1871, although alluvial diamonds continued to be found in the Orange. (10.73 carats). Today, several commercial diamond mines operate on the last stretch of the river, as well as the beaches around its mouth. Diamond mines also operate on the middle stretch of the river. At 2.080m stop at “Christ the King” viewpoint with a beautiful view into the valley below and mountains around. Cross over the Orange River(Senqu River) river. An exciting journey high over the summit of the Thaba Putswa Range via Makheka’s Pass and across the basalt moorland roof of Southern Africa to Semonkong, “the Place of Smoke”. Lunch at Semonkong Lodge.After lunch viewing of the spectacular Maletsunyane Water fall. Maletsunyane Falls, is a single cataract on a tributary of the Orange River in Lesotho, 75 miles (121 km) . 
Overnight: at  Semonkong Lodge 

Day 2: All meals-own cost! 
Depart after breakfast and travel towards the Capital Maseru and the airport. Own cost is to view the Maletsunyane falls by horseback-2 hours Pony ride? Have a light lunch and depart for the airport. View stop at 2.260m before we reach the summit of the Makheka’s Pass with 2.860m. Panoramic views to the valley with farmlands. The grassland around is dotted with the yellow flowers of Euryops, the white Arum Lilies, the bright red and yellow colours of the Red-Hot Pokers and plenty of other wild flowers. Travelling through the town of Roma , before reaching the Maseru airport. 

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TOUR-2                                                          Lesotho Overland Tours – 2 Nights / 3 Days 
                                                                                            5 STAR Accommodation 

Day1:Lunch & Dinner-own cost! 
Pick up clients at Maseru airport and depending on arrival of flight, do an orientation tour of Maseru and The Hat (Craft Centre) .If timing permits we will stop at the Maseru Post office, collect stamps of Lesotho and visit the weavers craft centre to see how they make tapestries and buy curios.(own cost). 
Overnight at Avani Lesotho Sun and Casino.  

Day 2: Breakfast-only and Lunch & Dinner-own cost! 
Depart from Lesotho Sun Hotel and Casino, after breakfast and then procced to Morija, the oldest town in Lesotho was founded in 1833 by pioneer French Protestant missionaries, visit Morija Museum with its collection of Bushmen Art, Dinosaurs Footprints, Books, Clay Pots, Fossils, old tools used by various tribes and explanations. The Moeder Craft Center is housed in the oldest building in Morija, 1843, where one may purchase a variety of tapestry, Mohair shoals, souvenirs, etc Lunch at Morija Guest House. Proceed via Matsieng, King Palace, we will get a Basotho guide to take us up to the view point of the palace and he will explain everything, we are not allowed to enter inside (strictly no photos at King’s palace). Morija Museum & Archives Overview Established in 1956, Morija Museum & Archives collects valuable archival material and museum collections. The museum also works on a range of arts & culture projects, plus, heritage and community-based tourism initiatives. At the heart of Morija Museum & Archives (MMA) are its valuable archival and museum collections, which have been growing incrementally since the 19th century. These collections form the basis for research and publishing, as well as exhibitions and educational programmes for schools, visitors and tourists. Morija Museum was formally established in 1956 based upon the Dieterlen family ethnographic and historical collections together with palaeotological and geological collections from the Ellenbergers. These two collections provided the main pillars of the present-day Museum collections which have been growing incrementally over the past 50 years. In 2005, for example, a collection of more modern material culture including hundreds of beaded items was bequeathed to the museum by Chris Van Nispen.A non-profit cultural & educational institution belonging to Lesotho Evangelical Church, Morija Museum & Archives is dedicated to developing programmes and activities related to history, heritage and community-based tourism, the arts and culture, as well as science and the environment.Return via same route back. Overnight at Hotel. Depart Morija and visit Thaba Bosiu. This is the berial site of the Kings graves.Thaba Bosiu is a sandstone plateau with an area of approximately 2 km2 and a height of 1,804 meters above sea level. It is located between the Orange and Caledon Rivers in the Maseru District of Lesotho, 24 km east of the country's capital Maseru.In the early 19th century, the Basotho chief Moshoeshoe I established a stronghold on the plateau to act as a refuge for his people during a war with the Ndebele people. At an elevation of nearly 120 metres above the surrounding area, the plateau formed a natural fortress to gather the Basotho people in times of danger. The plateau's large area meant it could hold enough livestock and provisions to support the people during a lengthy siege.The word Thaba means mountain in the Sesotho language and Bosiu means 'at night'. The name mountain of the night echoed the local belief that the mountain grew during the night and shrunk during day, leaving enemies who tried scaling it during the night still stranded on the cliffs and vulnerable for attack next morning. Thaba Bosiu also acted as Moshoeshoe's headquarters during the various Basuto Wars. During the first Free State–Basotho War against the Orange Free State in 1858, the Free State's commandoes tried assaulting the stronghold, but met with little success During the third war against the Free State in 1868, Thaba Bosiu was the only stronghold in Basutoland that wasn't stormed by the Free State forces. In the time the stronghold remained manned, it was never taken by the enemy When Moshoeshoe died in 1870, he was buried on Thaba Bosiu. The settlement on Thaba Bosiu has since been abandoned, and only ruins and the graves of various Basotho chiefs remain. The plateau is currently a national monument and often visited by tourists. Depending on the fitness of the clients,this could take the whole day,up the mountain and down. Late lunch at Thaba Bosiu information centre.Otherwise viewing of Thaba Bosiu from a distance and continuing onto Mohale Dam for lunch.After lunch ,do a boat ride on the Mohale Dam.Return via same route back. 
Overnight :at Lesotho Sun and Casino Hotel. 

 Day 3: Breakfast-only! Lunch –own cost! 
 Depart after breakfast and transfer to Maseru airport. 
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TOUR- 3                                                                               Lesotho Overland- 3 Nights / 4 Days 

Day 1: Meals-own cost! (depending on flight arrival). 
Departure from Maseru airport and visit Thaba Bosiu – Moshoeshoe’s strong hold, that was never taken, this is a very important historical site. On top of the flat –topped hill are remains of the kings dwellings with 230 royal graves. The Basotho guide will lead us and give all the explanations, people should be prepared to walk. The Thaba Bosiu village is not finished yet, but people could view it as well. Lunch at Thaba Bosiu restaurant. After lunch depart via 4x4 dirt road to Kome Caves. Where a local Basotho guide will lead us down to the Cave Dwellings and tell us the history of the people ,that reside there! 
Overnight: at Botleng Lodge. 

Day 2: All meals-own cost! 
After breakfast you go for Abseiling training and prepare yourself for the next day to abseil at Maletsunyane Falls! The training is done for the half day at the lodge. We strive to conserve the environment. World Record Maletsunyane Abseil This is the longest commercially operated single-drop abseil in the world as stated by Guinness World Records. (204m). 
Overnight at Semonkong Lodge.

Day 3: All meals-own cost! 
After a good breakfast we go for abseiling in Maletsunyane and there is still time for Dinosaur footprints after lunch. Overnight at Semonkong lodge. 

Day 4: All meals-own cost!
Depart after breakfast for Maseru airport.
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 TOUR- 4                                                                 Lesotho Overland Tours – 4 Nights / 5 Days
                                                                                          5 STAR Accommodation =1 Night! 
Day1:All meals-own cost! 
Pick up clients at Maseru airport and depending on arrival of flight, do an orientation tour of Maseru and The Hat (Craft Centre) .If timing permits we will stop at the Maseru Post office and collect stamps of Lesotho. 
Overnight at  Avani Lesotho Sun and Casino Hotel.

Day 2 All meals-own cost! 
Depart from Lesotho Sun Hotel and Casino, after breakfast and then procced to Morija, the oldest town in Lesotho was founded in 1833 by pioneer French Protestant missionaries, visit Morija Museum with its collection of Bushmen Art, Dinosaurs Footprints, Books, Clay Pots, Fossils, old tools used by various tribes and explanations. The Moeder Craft Center is housed in the oldest building in Morija, 1843, where one may purchase a variety of tapestry, Mohair shoals, souvenirs and visit a local school in the area.Proceed via Matsieng, to King Letsie Palace, we will get a Basotho guide to take us up to the view point of the palace and he will explain everything, we are not allowed to enter inside (strictly no photos allowed, at King’s palace). Morija Museum & Archives Overview Established in 1956, Morija Museum & Archives collects valuable archival material and museum collections. The museum also works on a range of arts & culture projects, plus, heritage and community-based tourism initiatives. At the heart of Morija Museum & Archives (MMA) are its valuable archival and museum collections, which have been growing incrementally since the 19th century. These collections form the basis for research and publishing, as well as exhibitions and educational programmes for schools, visitors and tourists. Morija Museum was formally established in 1956 based upon the Dieterlen family ethnographic and historical collections together with palaeotological and geological collections from the Ellenbergers. The Museum has helped to develop and encourage a wider range of tourism services and products in the greater Morija area, including the Museum Tea Room, Picnic Area and Amphitheatre for larger events; tours of historic Morija and dinosaur footprints, walking trails, bird-watching and pony-trekking; as well as guest houses, conference centre, home-stays, village experiences, cultural activities, catering services, and art/craft production. A non-profit cultural & educational institution belonging to Lesotho Evangelical Church, Morija Museum & Archives is dedicated to developing programmes and activities related to history, heritage and community-based tourism, the arts and culture, as well as science and the environment.
Lunch at lodge. After lunch we proceed to view the Maletsunyana Falls-called the Place of Smoke. Semonkong = Place of Smoke The mighty Maletsunyane Falls is one of the highest single drop, Falls in Africa, creating a haze of smoke as the water plummets with savage splendour 204m down into a spectacular gorge. This is how Semonkong, The Place of Smoke, got its name.Landlocked by South Africa lies a country with the highest lowest point in the world & hiding away in the magnificent Maluti Mountains, you will discover the gem that is Semonkong Lodge, built on the banks of the Maletsunyane River using only local stone & thatch, that offers just the right balance between civilisation and rustic elegance; electricity, hot showers, roaring fireplaces, and not a telephone in sight.The fully licensed Duck and Donkey Tavern and Restaurant, provide a popular meeting place for both locals and guests. The restaurant serves world renowned, affordable scrumptious meals and also caters for vegetarians.Experience the wilds of Lesotho at Semonkong Lodge. We strive to conserve the environment. This is the longest commercially operated single-drop abseil in the world as stated by Guinness World Records. (204m). Overnight at Lodge Day 3:All meals-own cost! After a good breakfast at the lodge travel via Moitsupeli, turning left towards Koro-Koro. A scenic drive through bushy landscape, small forests and farmland dotted with picturesque villages. Along the road dense bushes and shrubs used by locals for medical purposes. At the roadside basalt stone with hardened bubbles.
Lunch at Lodge. Our destination houses a popular Pony Trekking Center and is situated in secluded woodland surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dinner at the lodge. 
Overnight: at  Semonkong Lodge. 

Day 4: All meals-own cost! 
Depart after breakfast for a full days horse riding or hiking experience in the Maluti/Lesotho mountains.Packed lunches and mineral water provided for! Depending on the clients requests, those who want to do hiking and those who want to do horse riding can choose! Visiting local schools while hiking or horse riding with pack horse to carry your luggage . Overnight treks are tailor-made to your requirements. They can last from one day to six days and even longer. On your trek you will experience “THE REAL AFRICA”. Trails traverse spectacular mountain passes and some of Lesotho’s highest waterfalls. You can explore Bushman paintings and experiencing Basotho culture. Accommodation on treks is provided in huts hired from the Basotho people in remote areas. The huts are very basic and are equipped with a gas cooker, cooking and eating utensils and mattresses on the floor. No riding experience is necessary for an overnight trek. Basotho Guides and a packhorse accompany the treks.The catered option involves clients heating up food supplied. Expect about 7 hours of riding time each day. Maximum weight = 90 kg Luggage = 12.5 kg pp.
Overnight at Malealea Lodge.

Day 5 :All meals-own cost! 
Depart Malealea Lodge after breakfast ,visiting schools in the area and depart for Maseru airport. 

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                                                                                          Valid Passports Essential!
                                    Please advise your Nationality, as Lesotho has Visas restrictions on certain countries. 


TOUR-5                                                       
LESOTHO OVERLAND TOUR 7 NIGHTS/ 8 DAYS 

Day 1: All meals-own cost! 
Pick-up clients from Durban International Airport and transfer them to Underberg/ Himeville.
Overnight: KarMichael Lodge in Underberg/ Himeville .

Day 2: All meals-own cost! 
Depart 08h30 from Underberg/ Himeville. Ascending the legendary Sani Pass with its hairpin bends offering unparalleled vistas of the Sani Valley and Drakensberg Escarpment situated within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, one of our World Heritage Sites. Proteas along the road, proceed to viewing of 12 Apostles. These geological structures are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Our Guide is taking care of the border formalities. At the summit at 2.874m we stop for refreshment at the Sani Top Chalet, the Highest Pub in Africa. Thereafter we proceed to the village and the Basotho culture will be explained. Ascending the Black Mountain Pass up to 3.280m, following the Senqu River. Nearby the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana with 3.482m, meaning “the little mountain which is a little nice”. Picnic lunch en route. Guided tour at the Letsieng Diamond Mine, the highest mine in the world. Our journey takes us on tar road onto the summit of the highest road in Africa, the Tlaeeng Pass (3.255m) – The Roof of Africa. Slightly lower is the Pass of Guns with 3.240m, pass the Mahlasela Ski Slope to Oxbow within a Ski Resort. All mountains are covered in snow in winter. Dinner at the lodge. 
Overnight: at Oxbow Lodge . 

Day 3: All meals-own cost! 
Breakfast at the lodge. Departing for the twisting tar road to the summit of the Moteng Pass, with 2.840m one of the highest roads attained by normal two-wheel-drive vehicles in Southern Africa. This is the basalt roof of Southern Africa, a world of winter snows, frozen waterfalls, crisp clear air and crystal streams with fat trout. Descending into the Holola Valley (River of the Blue Crane), pass spectacular overhangs and rugged countryside to Butha-Buthe. On our way to Hlotse strange, richly colored rock shapes may be seen on all sides, creating the effect of a vast assembly of weird, petrified figures. Pass a few missions and several rock shelters where Bushmen Paintings may be seen, the main road passes the Leribe Farmers Training Center to the town of Hlotse. Continue on the Nelson Mandela Road, crossing the Malibamatso River (River of dark Pools) where the great Katse Dam has been constructed from 1991 – 1997. Lunch at Bokong Nature Reserve. Our Guide is taking care of the security checkpoint. The Katse Dam is the second largest dam in the world and supplies water to Witwatersrand (Gauteng, Soweto, Farming, Mining) in South Africa and irrigates the lowlands in Lesotho. Video Presentation and Guided Tour into the dam wall. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the lodge. 
Overnight: at Katse Dam Lodge. 

Day 4: All meals-own cost!
Breakfast at the lodge. Today we double-back the Nelson Mandela road to Hlotse. On tar road we drive along the western border of the country via Teya-Teyaneng to Sefikeng. Guests have the opportunity to visit craft centres on the way. The Basothos’ are well known for their beautiful tapestries and blankets. Lunch in one of the small towns along the road. Roma is the principal center of the Roman Catholic Chruch in Lesotho and since 1964 the site of the National University of Lesotho. The city was found in 1862 when King Moshoeshoe granted the site to Bishop Allard and Father Gerard. Dinner at the lodge. 
Overnight: at Mohale Dam Lodge. 

Day 5: All meals-own cost! 
Depart after breakfast for Semonkong, “the Place of Smoke”. Panoramic views to the valley with farmlands. The grassland around is dotted with the yellow flowers of Euryops, the white Arum Lilies, the bright red and yellow colours of the Red-Hot Pokers and plenty of other wild flowers. The road pass becomes very rugged before and after the summit. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon visit the spectacular Maletsunyane Falls. The longest single drop waterfall in Southern Africa (204m). Dinner at the lodge. Overnight: at Semonkong Lodge. 

Day 6: All meals-own cost! 
After a good breakfast, we have to double-back the route to Moitsupeli, turning left towards Koro-Koro. A scenic drive through bushy landscape, small forests and farmland dotted with picturesque villages. Along the road dense bushes and shrubs used by locals for medical purposes. At the roadside basalt stone with hardened bubbles. Our destination houses a popular Pony Trekking Center and is situated in secluded woodland surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dinner at the lodge. 
Overnight: at Malealea Lodge. 

Day 7: All meals-own cost! 
Depart after breakfast for Roma, scenic route. Visit Morija Museum and Craft Centre and view the Kings Palace. Lunch on route. 
Overnight: at Botleng Guest Lodge. 

Day 8: All meals-own cost! 
After break fast at the lodge, depart for Maseru, orientation tour of Maseru and visit “The Hat”, lunch in Maseru, (depending on flight times). Transfer to Maseru Airport. 
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                                                                                   Valid passports are Essential !!