Trip Lesotho: The Mountain Kingdom in the Sky

The Kingdom of Lesotho can only be truly experienced standing upon the mountain villages. This landlocked country is hidden within the southern parts of South Africa. A country within a country, Lesotho has become one of Africa’s greatest secrets.

 

This beautiful country is not only safe but also super affordable for any traveler looking for an adventure. Accessible from any major city in South Africa, such as Johannesburg or Durban, Lesotho can be easily entered. Whether it’s a nice guesthouse or home stay at a traditional Lesotho village, tourists all flock at the chance to experience the country’s rich culture and beauty.

One of the most popular routes would be the Sani Pass from Underberg. Offering wonderful views from Kwan-Zulu Natal, the drive towards the Sani Pass offers majestic scenery of both South Africa and Lesotho. Doesn’t matter what season it is, Lesotho offers a different attractiveness no matter what climate.

A true Lesotho travel experience is to do a pony trek, allowing travelers a chance to see rural villages and a once in a lifetime view of this Kingdom in the Sky. Arrangements can be made beforehand with tour companies such as Drakensberg Adventures.

A must see is the tallest Pub in Africa, situated in Lesotho.

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Don’t forget to check out the local art and buy an authentic Lesotho blanket or hat.

Visa Requirements:

Lesotho does offer free 30 day and 14-day entry for certain countries. Countries requiring a visa can now apply online for an E-Visa online. Please look onto Lesotho’s Embassy website for further details.

Holders of the following passports do not require visas for Lesotho for visits up to 30 days: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Hongkong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (South), Korea (Dem. Peoples Rep.), Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Saint Christopher & Nieves, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, , Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad &Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK, US (including Virgin Islands, Guam, Samoa and Puerto Rico), Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Nationals from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland can visit without a visa for up to 14 days.

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Transport

  • Private:
    The best way to reach your destinations is by driving straight to Underberg.
  • Public:
    If you are depending on public transportation.
    If coming from Johannesburg, Pretoria, or Durban. Take a bus to Pietermaritzburg. (average price 300-500 Rand one way)
    From there, you can take a meter taxi (pricey) or Combi taxi (about 100 rands from the taxi rank) to Underberg. Make sure to try to catch the Combi taxi before 2:00 pm as they may stop running after.
    At Underberg, you can catch a Taxi Meter to your guesthouse.
    All taxi’s only accept cash.
  • Private if booked with Accommodation:
    When booking with a guesthouse or hostel, most accommodations offer assistance with transportation. Contact them to seek other alternative transport.

Accommodations:

Best Cheap Option is to try:

Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel. They offer Pony Trekking, Hikes, Art excursions, and ect. Rates for stay and tours: http://www.sanilodge.co.za/SLrates.htm

Other Options Include:

Elgin Guesthouse. They offer hiking, birding, fishing, Mountain Biking, Golf and ect.

Contact them for rates and booking: http://www.elginguesthouse.co.za/contact/

Premier Resort Sani Pass. If your hoping for a glamorous experience and have the funds. Contact them for rates and booking: https://www.premierhotels.co.za/hotels/kwazulu-natal/sani-pass/

Sani Window. Bed’n Breakfast and Self Catering. Contact them for rates and booking: https://www.saniwindow.co.za/rooms-and-rates

Cedar Garden. Bed & Breakfast. Contact them for rates and booking: http://www.cedargarden.co.za/index.html

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