Average age of groups:
35 to 60 years
Difficulty of road services:
1 to 3 out f 5 ( 1 meaning easy , 5 difficult )
Accommodation, All meals, Fuel, All South African drinks
Average group size:
4 to 8 riders
Beginner to Intermediate
Average distance per day:
Road service ratio:
75% Pavement 25% Dirt
We pick you up from your accomodationand head off to get the bikes and finish all the paperwok. We pck the bikes and head off to the town Bethlehem. The fisrt part is just getting out of the city and heading slowly into the South African countriyside to eventually sleep pver at our accomodation at Bethlehem.
Approximate distance 276km
From Bethlehem we enter some of the most awesome scenery in South Africa, the Drakensberg mountains. Known to the Zulu people as uKhahlamba (‘barrier of spears’), the Drakensberg mountains (‘dragon mountains’) provide a magnificent semi- circular border between KwaZulu- Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The watershed of the basalt peaks divides the rain and snow, some flowing westwards over the alpine plateau of Lesotho towards the Atlantic Ocean, and some down the vertical slopes into KwaZulu- Natal, towards the warm Indian Ocean. The same range was also the western boundary of the mighty Zulu kingdom, encountered by the Boer settlers around 1837 on their Great Trek north from the Cape Colony. The name Drakensberg was coined only 40 years later, however, when a Boer father and son reported seeing a dragon flying high above the cloud- shrouded mountain peaks.
Approximate distance – 196km
From winterton we travl deeper into the Drakensberg mountains more towards Lesotho. The scenerery is just breath- taking the whole time and we will prepare ourselves mentally and physically at Himeville for the journey the next day, the most challenging part of the route.
Approximate distance – 198km
Today we take the roure up one of the most challenging parts of the route, the Sani Pass into Lesotho. Sani pass is well known for it’s challenge by motorbike and 4×4 enthusiasts. Providing it did not rain the night before, it should take us about 3 hours to get to the top of Sani Pass and visit the highest pub in Africa. From there we drive a fairly easy road all the way the the Katse Dam in Lesotho.
Approximate distance – 227km
The next morning we will have a relaxed breakfast after which we will do a tour of the Katse Dam wall. The Katse Dam, a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat’so River in Lesotho, is Africa’s second largest dam. At about 11am we will leave for our next destination. We will be driving all along the dam to end up on an absolutely breath taking scene when we come over the mountain overlooking the Leribe district, on top of the Mafika Lisiu pass, 3090m above sea level and drops about 1100m in 5km. From there we travel down to our destination to spend the night in luxury at the only 5 star lodge in Lesotho.
Approximate distance – 155km
From Maliba we leave to the Golden Gate National park in South Africa again. Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located in Free State, South Africa, near the Lesotho border. It covers an area of 340 km2 (130 sq mi).The park’s most notable features are its golden, ochre, and orange- hued deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops, especially the Brandwag rock. Another feature of the area is the numerous caves and shelters displaying San rock paintings. Wildlife featured at the park includes mongooses, eland, zebras, and over 100 bird species. It is the Free State’s only national park, and is more famous for the beauty of its landscape than for its wildlife. Numerous paleontology finds have been made in the park including dinosaur eggs and skeletons.
Approximate distance – 110km
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