Blogs from Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Africa


Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Underberg May 23rd 2016

Matt stopped the car at the side of the road, on a sheer slope near the edge of an unfenced drop to a smudge miles below. 'I can't do this,' he said. I don't know whose bright idea it had been to drive up the Sani Pass, the only 4WD track into Lesotho from the Drakensberg region up an unsealed and ridiculously steep road that zig zags for 21 kms to the Lesotho border. The unsealed road is in appalling condition with twists and turns up near unbelievable gradients. One skid and you're over the edge saying goodbye to the world in true Thelma and Louise tradition. You are not allowed to drive up it unless you have a 4WD. Companies do tours in buses with mega-grip tires, and locals in shonky trucks crawl up and ... read more
Dramatic Sani Pass

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Underberg August 21st 2015

Today was a fun filled day tramping around the mountains. I met a guy from Colorado (a transplant like myself) on a motorcycle journey all around Africa. Super good guy and turns out quite fit as I learned when we went up 614 meters over about 100 meters…basically climbing a land latter. He crushed it, but in my defense we had gone about 18 km already. Lol. We got to the top and had lunch with some baboons around and then proceeded to get lost on the way down, but we made it. All in all about 23km hiked with that fun summit lunch. I was fairly knackered, but a braai with some bicyclers from Durban sounded nice tooooo. These oaks were going to make the 21 km trip up the sani pass into Lesotho on ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Underberg August 20th 2015

After arriving back to Homebase Melville (the hostel I stayed at before Kruger) I got to catch up with my Jon as he was still there trying to sort out some visa business. A quick round with the fellas and im off to the southern Drakensburg Mountains for a bit of hiking and camping! 10 hours in a bus isn’t my favorite way to spend my birthday, but it’s how it went down. Thursday proved to be a lot more fun as we went on a 12km hike looking at the San Bushmen rock paintings. Woa sweeeeet! Hiking and art! Hiking To art! YAAAAY!!!! Very nice hike with an excellent guide and we got to see 3 painting sites. Yessss. All the paintings were made 200-2000 years ago. 27,000 years ago up in Namibia I learned. ... read more
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