Blogs from Sani Top, Lesotho, Africa - page 2


Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top November 15th 2009

Sunday morning was spent lazing around the hostel and we eventually got picked up by the Underberg Express and headed out for Sani Lodge. We eventually arrived at 7pm however it transpired that they did not have my booking despite me e:mailing them and Paula confirming my details on the phone. Bless her Paula panicked on my behalf but in my now relaxed traveller mode I shrugged my shoulders and said that I would sleep on the sofa in my sleeping bag if no bed was available however a bed was found so we were all happy. Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse and it was pouring with rain so I deferred any decision for trips till the next day. However Monday morning rolled around and I was suffering from cabin fever ... read more
Sani Bushman Painting
Dane our guide and the wall of paintings
A few men going out hunting

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top August 31st 2009

Day 31 - Molumong (Lesotho) - 29/8/09 We left the Sani Lodge at 0900 with our tour guide Michael, on the tour with me there were 4 Dutch girls who were travelling together. We travelled though the roads of the Drakensburg Mountains to reach the Sani Pass and the Lesotho border pass, we went in a 4X4 as its the only type of vehicle that could make it up there. As a gentlemen and somebody travelling by myself took the back of the 4X4. Proceeding through the mountain range was a slow and very bumpy task, the roads were windy and the scenery getting more and more dramatic the higher and higher we went. The more we went on, the more and more bumpy the road got, with me hitting my head on the roof, the ... read more
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Fountain Of Eternal Youth
Drakensburg Mountains 2

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top July 5th 2009

I left East London for Bloemfontein to meet up with my friend Danie, that is joining me for a trip through Lesotho. I decided to take the boring N6 to Aliwal North, where I decided to visit some historical sites and to stay over for the night. On the way on the N6 I stopped at the Louw Wepener Monument that is in a state of disrepair. He was a famous Boer War Hero. On arrival in Aliwal North I went around to some famous historical sites. The Concentration Camp Memorial Gardens, Blockhouses, The Memorial Gardens for the British Soldiers killed - all from the Anglo Boer War. That night i stayed at the Lord Somerset Guest House in the main road. Something unusual is the Ox Wagon bed you sleep in. Apparently Patricia Lewis, the ... read more
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Aliwal North

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top December 30th 2008

I en forlænget weekend fra d. 12-16. december, var jeg i Lesotho med Anna (svensk) og Anne-Sofie (dansk). Til jer, som ikke gider slå op i et atlas, er Lesotho er et selvstændigt land, som ligger ca. 400 km syd for Pretoria. Det ligger midt inde i Sydafrika og er omkrænset hele vejen rundt. Det meste af landet ligger i bjergområder, og Lesotho deler bjerge med Drakensberg. Vi kørte fredag efter arbejde, og det tog os en evighed at komme derned - både fordi der er længere end man lige tror, og fordi vi allerede kørte forkert lidt uden for Pretoria! På trods af vi nåede grænsen ved midnatstid, var der virkelig mange mennesker - sikkert folk som skulle hjem på weekend fra en uges arbejde i Sydafrika. Men efter at have ventet i en times ... read more
Malealea Lodge
Ridetur mod Bushpaintings

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top November 20th 2008

Firstly I had better explain that we didnt actually go to Lesotho as we didnt have enough time but we were a stones throw away so I'd thought I would add it! We arrived at the Khotso Horse ranch at lunch time and were immediately awe insipired by the views. The ranch was in teh mountain near the town of Uunderberg in the Southern Drackensburg region. I beleive the ranch was approx 1500m above sea level and there were still huge mountains looking down on us. We had booked a rondavel as we had stayed in similar type accomadation and was basically a round house with a thatched roof. We did not realise until we arrived that it was a whole house with a kitchen, up stairs and lounge. Impressive. Its quiet season at the mo ... read more

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top February 5th 2008

The snow Blizzard started as soon as we left the Sani pass Police post in South Africa. It was chaos, 7 4X4 vehicles in front of us had got stuck in the thick snow. There were vehicles behind us but we persevered after an exciting 3 hrs burning the clutch, screeching tyres eventually we got to the top but ahead the gates were locked and there was no one to be seen. The blizzard grew worse and there were 9 people outside the gate in 0 degrees celcius, half a of meter snow, blistering winds not sure what the next step would be. I decided to kick the gate to kingdom come and to my surprise the lock cracked open, this is in fact a trick I learnt at boarding school! The next morning was the ... read more
Basotho man sings in the mist
Looking down onto Underberg Kwazulu natal

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top April 23rd 2006

We awoke frozen at the crack of dawn as Morgan was just departing. Our intention today was to hike and hitch as far into Lesotho as possible. It was becoming a beautiful warm morning with not a cloud in the sky, perfect for hiking and taking in the majestic mountain scenery and fresh air. Just past the hotel and golf course we were greeted by two horsemen who were both carrying large rifles slung casually over their shoulders. They were probably just going hunting, but the remoteness of our location and the size of their rifles were enough to un nerve us a little. Next thing we knew they had disappeared! We continued on for an hour or so before we managed to hitch a ride with about the tenth 4wd that passed us. It was ... read more
Hiker Henderson
Snow way!

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top April 17th 2005

I was propping up the bar in a Durban hostel on the first night of my trip to Southern Africa. My enquiries at the hostel regarding a weekend safari at the nearby national park had reached a dead end, and it was while nursing a drink that I met the Action Man, a colourful young Alaskan guide and quite the adventurer. He dazzled me with tales of the Alaskan wilderness and encounters with grizzly bears. He would get dropped in by helicopter, he said, then wander alone camping without seeing a single soul for ten days or more before the pilot flew back to a prearranged spot to pick him up. "Why don't you come with me to Lesotho?" Action Man suggested "I've organised a hire car and you can tag along. Just chip in for ... read more
Sunrise photo on Sani Pass
Reaching the summit, Lesotho
Views from Sani Pass

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