Detailed Self-drive Adventure Travel Route Books from Southern Africa - by Craig Marshall
South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Victoria Falls
KZN, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & Southern Lesotho. ROUTE 4
Maloti Drakensberg Adventure Route & Southern Lesotho | 70% Gravel | 12 Days | 2209km
Difficult, 4x4 ONLY - 70% asphalt road with potholes and very bad gravel roads, especially if it rains.
Adventure Motorcyclists be warned - this route is NOT RIDEABLE in the WET, Do not attempt it
Night 1 & 2. Sehlabathebe National Park Lodge & Camping
Sehlabathebe, Southern Lesotho
Tel: +27 (0)83 775 3818 - Bookings via Phillip Rawlins
Sehlabathebe National Park's new Lodge can accommodate up to 40 people (18 rooms) on a self-catering basis. Camping with separate ablutions within the new Lodge is also available
Night 3. Semonkong Lodge, Semonkong
1 Riverside Road, Semonkong
Tel: +266 2700 6037
Semonkong Lodge offers accommodation in the beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and is perfectly situated on the banks of the Maletsunyane River. The rooms and rondavels are nestled into the valley that runs parallel with the river, giving guests an option to be closer to the water, or situated on the ridge for a view. The accommodation, built of traditional stone and thatch, offers just the right balance of rustic elegance; with affordable and comfortable ensuite rooms, crackling fires & warm beds.
Please note: Long weekends, Christmas & Easter weekends are a minimum booking of 3 nights. Rates quoted in Lesotho Loti – LSL = same value as South African Rand – ZAR)
Please Note: All prices are inclusive of a 15% VAT.
Semonkong Lodge offers a range of accommodation from standard rondavel rooms and en suite with fireplaces to backpackers style dorm rooms
Night 4. Malealea Lodge, Lesotho
Malealea Village, Malealea, Lesotho
Tel: +266 588 39 646
You won’t hear traffic here, you will hear singing.
You will hear birds who wake early and crickets who stay up late. On the trail, you will hear the clanging of bells fastened to the necks of grazing sheep, the steady trickle of valley creeks, the clip-clop of your pony’s hooves underfoot. You will see vast and endless rolling hills, aloe plants as tall as you are growing out of the dry ground, the russet glow that shines over the mountains as the sun slips behind them, and a people who have known laughter as well as they know struggle. You will taste the richness of authentic Basotho cuisine and smell the sweet, smoky bonfires that burn each night.
And soon, you will feel the magic. Stay with us, and discover all that we have to offer.
Night 5. Balloch Farm Cottages
Balloch Farm, Wartrail
Tel: + 27 (0)45 974 9228
Come to BALLOCH and enjoy our camping areas or our cottage and experience our spectacular and magical mountain scenery.
Balloch is situated in the Wartrail area of the Barkly East district in the Eastern Cape at the southern tip of Lesotho and close to Lundeans nek.
Our farm Balloch, tucked away deep in the Witteberg mountains, has been in the Frost family for 4 generations and is of the most spectacular and unique valleys you will find in South Africa if not in the world. We love to share its towering crags and abundant sandstone rock formations with our guests.
On Balloch we farm Bonsmara cattle for beef, and Dohne merino sheep for mutton and wool.
Balloch cottages are made up of the 'Willowstream Cottage' which is a self catering cottage and two very special camping areas - the cave camp area where one camps under a huge overhang providing fantastic shelter in bad weather, and the river area next to the stream.
Our power is completely off the grid - we run a hydro electric power system. Because this system relies on rainfall it can be unreliable in times of drought. We now offer RUSTIC camp sites only so there is no power point at either of our sites. Campers must have your own own power systems, batteries or solar to power your lights and fridges.
Night 6. Resthaven Guesthouse, Matatiele
77 Main St, Matatiele, 4730
Tel: +39 7374067 Mobile +27 (0) 83 775 3818
Resthaven Guesthouse is situated in the quaint town of Matatiele, set against the back-drop of the Southern Drakensburg. Resthaven Guesthouse is the ideal base from which to explore Lesotho. Resthaven Guesthouse has all the modern amenities to make your Business Trip or Weekend Adventure a comfortable and memorable one.
22 well-appointed rooms with DSTV, Aircon, Electric-Blankets, Tea/Coffee and En-suite Bathroom. Safe, Off-Street, Under-Roof Parking. Spectacular Buffet Dinners as well as Buffet Breakfasts available to our guests (BOOKING ESSENTIAL).
Night 7. Premier Resort Sani Pass
Good Hope Farm Sani Pass Road, Himeville
Tel: +27 (0)33 702 1320
Central Reservations: 086 111 5555
Premier Resort Sani Pass is a stunning resort in the Southern Drakensberg nestled at the foot of the Pass and on the banks of the Mkhomazana River with its fresh water coming straight from the Drakensberg Mountains.
Our Resort is a mere 19km from Underberg with a road built from the Lesotho border post via the Katse & Mohali dams to Maseru and the South African border post to Ladybrandt in the Free State
Surrounded by mountains, the resort is the base for 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass, which can be reserved for guests at our reception desk. The Drakensberg resort also provides access to horse trails up the mountain to Lesotho as well as shorter horse rides around the property and pony rides for children.
The magnificent golf course setting includes 10 greens and 18 tees and is challenging for the better golfer, but still friendly for the beginner and lady golfer. It is a walking course and due to the greens being close to the tees and its meandering nature, it makes for an easy and pleasant walk and a chance encounter with wildlife is likely.
Further activities on-site include Swimming, Chess, Snooker, Table Tennis, Croquet, Petanque, Volleyball, a Poker table, Putt-Putt, Fly Fishing and Bass Fishing. A magnificent Spa with inspirational views is open for your enjoyment.
Night 8. Swallowfield Rondavels, Self-Catering Chalets
Swallowfield, R600, Cathkin Valley
Tel: +27 (0)82 925 5508
SELF-CATERING COTTAGES (FEATHERS AND SPADES): Swallowfield offers two beautifully appointed self-catering rondavels. Moreover, both of these have en-suite bathrooms, kitchenette counters and dining room tables. In addition, they have dedicated braai areas. Coupled with beautiful views of some of the core peaks of the Central Drakensberg.
These include Sterkhorn, Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. In addition, it is situated directly adjacent to the Drakensberg Boys Choir.
COTTAGE: Swallowfield also has a three-bedroom cottage – Swallowfield Cottage. This cottage has a large lounge and dining room. Furthermore, it has a fireplace. In addition, it has a well-equipped kitchen and laundry. It has a separate toilet and a bathroom. Finally, Swallowfield Cottage has a large patio area. Swallowfield is located on the R600 some 32km from Winterton and opposite the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the Dragons Peaks Resort.
Night 9. Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort
D117 off R74, Bergville, 3550
Tel: +27 (0)36 438 6308
With the Tugela Falls and the Amphitheatre as our backdrop, with the sound of the passing Tugela river, on the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg is where you will find us,
Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort.
Beautifully set in the Drakensberg, with 20 fully equipped
self-catering chalets, and spacious grassed caravan stands overlooking the Tugela River and Amphitheatre. Only 10 km from the WORLD FAMOUS royal natal national park
Amphitheatre Golf Course is situated next door to Hlalanathi. This challenging Nine Hole boasts the Amphitheatre as a backdrop, and has been developed with minimum impact on the ‘berg environment. In and around the resort indigenous vegetation has been encouraged and the water features have attracted an array of local bird life.
Night 10 & 11. Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge & Backpackers
Tel: +27 (0)58 713 6361/2
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in South Africa is situated in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak. The lodge looks across to the Drakensberg Mountains Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheater, with endangered bearded vultures soaring overhead and the sounds of Tugela Falls, Now officially the highest waterfall in the world, not far away.
This beautiful mountainous area is home to a variety of landscapes, rich flora and fauna and some incredible Drakensberg accommodation in the heart of it all. Whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy the real great outdoors while enjoying our accommodation at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge.
Night 12. Knock out View Guesthouse, Clarens
75 Main Street | Clarens | Free State
Tel: +27 (0)82 084 2863
Accommodation consists of self-catering units with the view on the mountains sleeping 4, as well as overnight units without views for couples. All the units have comfortable beds and a bathroom.
Facilities on-site include a barbecue area and free WiFi, as well as secure parking on the premises. We can also arrange for breakfast vouchers at an additional cost. Here you can escape from reality and relax and enjoy the peace and have joy. The ideal break away for everyone. As Knock out View sleeps 14, it is ideal for family or friends gatherings.
PEACE and JOY - are self-catering units, fully equipped. For an extra there is a fireplace in each unit and braai facilities. The three bachelor's rooms -
HOPE, LOVE and FAITH - have an outside deck overlooking the mountains. These are ideal for a couple or a single person to overnight or even stay for a few days. These units have the basic kitchen utensils (microwave, fridge, kettle) and a weber outside on the deck.
BCSA Route Book Full Series:
1. Garden Route & Route 62
2. Cederberg & Karoo
3. West Coast, Richtersveld & Namaqualand
4. KZN, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & Southern Lesotho
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