Lesotho Overland Expedition : 2020
Experience the charm and charisma of the Mountain Kingdom and the melodic vibe of the Maletsunyane Braai Festival on a 3 – day expedition with Khondlo Expeditions.
Tour Start : Monte Casino- Johannesburg
Type of Tour : Overland Expeditions
Mode of Transport : Overland Truck
Accommodation Type: Camping and Lodge
Lesotho, also referred to as “The Kingdom in the Sky”, is one of the ultimate eco-destinations. The two main attractions of this country are the majestic mountain vistas and the culture of the friendly Basotho people who inhabit this area.
During the winter months the magnificent Maloti and Drakensberg mountain ranges are capped with snow. The natural surroundings of Lesotho are breath-taking – plummeting waterfalls, lush greens and more than half a year’s sunshine. This Kingdom in the southern corner of Africa is the perfect getaway destination.
The Basotho people who inhabit this country are extremely friendly and would love to share their rich culture with the rest of the world. Whilst pony-trekking through the lands, make sure to stop at one of the villages and immerse yourself into the Basotho culture
The Maletsunyane Braai Festival is a multi-genre music festival held on the banks of the Maletsunyane River(Lesotho). With the break taking views of the Maletsunyane Falls on the Maloti Mountains, it could easily be termed as the “most scenic and highest festival” in Southern Africa- @ at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level. The charming town Semokong plays host to music-lovers and artists both from Lesotho and from across the continent.
Day 1: Friday
Our adventure begins when we depart Johannesburg and we head towards the Maseru Bridge Border Post. Upon completion of all cross border and immigration procedures the adventure takes us Malealea Lodge. The road to Malealea is quite scenic – characterised by breath-taking rolling mountains and valleys.
The Malealea Lodge is nestled in the Makhomalong Valley and surrounded by the beautiful Maloti Mountains. You will see vast and endless rolling hills, aloe plants as tall as you are growing out of the dry ground, and the russet glow that shines over the mountains as the sun slips behind them.
Time and weather permitting, there will be plenty of activities to indulge including pony rides and local music. You will also get to enjoy a warm shower, and dinner while you relax and reflect on your adventure in this beautiful country before retiring into your comfortable lodge bed.
Day 2 : Saturday
After a hearty breakfast and some taking in of the local culture and activities, we head to Semonkong- the venue for the Maletsunyane Braai Festival. The Maletsunyane Braai Festival is a multi-genre music festival held on the banks of the Maletsunyane River . With the break taking views of the Maletsunyane Falls, it could easily be termed as the “most scenic and highest festival” in Southern Africa-at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level. The charming town Semokong plays host to artists and music-lovers from Southern Africa.
The highlight for the day will including enjoying the braai and the festival later in the evening.
We will spend the night at the main campsite of the festival.
Day 3 : Sunday
With the night’s festivities still fresh in our minds ,it’s time to head to back to Johannesburg. After our last breakfast together, we head towards Maseru Bridge Border post, our exit from Lesotho, and entry into South Africa. When we arrive in Johannesburg we say goodbye to our new friends and everyone goes their own way.
- Friday,26 November – Sunday, 28 November 2021
R 4560 per person sharing:
- Cash or;
- A non-refundable R900.00 deposit secures your booking and the balance is payable in instalments.
Package Inclusions and Exclusions
- Shared Tented and lodge accommodation for members of the same household or friends;
- Transport from Gauteng to Lesotho;
- Two person canvas tent;
- Mattresses & tent lamp;
- All meals whilst in Lesotho including braai @ the festival;
- Maletsunyane Braai Festival Main Event and Camping Tickets;
- International Travel Insurance.
- Individually selected activities during festival e.g. pony rides, abseiling etc;
- Beverages- alcoholic and non-alcoholic;
- Any personal items such as blankets/sleeping bag.
No under 18’s are allowed on tour due to the Festival excursion
What to expect on an Overland Expedition?
An Overland Expedition is probably the most authentic way to travel through the vast distances of this awesome continent and really feel it’s heart.
It’s usually the most affordable way to travel and due to the semi-participatory nature of the tour also a great way to make life-long friends. You can choose how involved you want to get, but you find a lot to talk about while helping prepare meals. You will also be taught to put up your own comfortable 2-man tent with your travel buddy – but you should be very good at it by the end of your overland adventure. The tents and sleeping mattresses will be provided, just remember to bring your sleeping bag and pillow. Some of the campsites on an African overland tour may be in extremely unique locations and you may even get an opportunity to bush camp.
Our Overland Expeditions offer a choice of camping or lodge accommodation and there are also lots of opportunities en-route to participate in adventure activities, safaris and make great new friends.
Overland tours are typically done in customised Overland Trucks which are specially designed for comfort and excellent viewing of game and the stunning landscapes you will come across while on the road.
COVID 19 Health and Safety Measures
The following Health and Safety Measures will apply during the tour:
- Compulsory Requirements
Any person joining the tour will be required to bring and wear a Face mask or face covering cloth and personal hand sanitisers, although additional sanitisers will be provided for communal use.
Furthermore, a compulsory daily temperature checks may be conducted.
- Accommodation and Sleeping Arrangements
Rooms / Tents can only be shared with members of the same household or friends, so an additional single supplement may have to apply for solo travellers as prices are normally based on twin-sharing. Please enquire ahead of booking as some flexibility may be possible from the hotels.
- Social Distancing and/or Face Mask Requirements during the tour
We will be changing the way we operate slightly with social distancing in place while on tour.
- Keeping members of the same household together;
- Reduced group sizes;
- Reduced passengers in shared transport;
- Face masks worn at all sometimes.
- Additional Hygiene measures to ensure your safety during the tour
We are required to ask anyone joining the trip if they have shown any COVID-19 symptoms the week of and the day before the trip starts. If you have any symptoms or have had contact with a person with symptoms you will not be allowed to join the trip.