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Trekking & Pony Trekking in Lesotho
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Hike to Sleep in Caves (Rock Overhangs)
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NB: The following prices are a guideline only. Prices are quoted in SA Rand (ZAR) and are correct for 2016, but are subject to change without notice. They exclude food, transport and kit hire if applicable. All Southern Secrets itineraries are flexible and depend on a number of variable factors. Final prices will be decided after confirming the number of clients in the group, their wishes and preferences – scenery, fauna and flora, rock art etc. – their abilities and fitness levels and objectives. Final prices will also depend on whether food is supplied and / or tents hired. If food is required to be supplied for an overnight hike, it would be charged at R350.00 per person per day. Alternatively, clients are welcome to self-cater. Food supplied will be simple, light to carry, nutritious and as tasty as possible. We will need to know if there any foods our clients do NOT eat. Starting times each day would be as early as possible, especially in the summer months. This is because the next overnight spot can be reached before the usual afternoon thunderstorm – and to make the most of the day. If the weather stays clear on any afternoon the time can be spent swimming, exploring and relaxing. We expect our clients to make and pack up their own camp, prepare their own food and wash up their own utensils.
From 3 days (2 nights) up to 6 days (5 nights)
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From 3 days (2 nights) up to 5 days (4 nights)
Drakensberg Wilderness HikingLesotho Trekking & Pony Trekking
A Drakensberg Wildflower and Nature day trip would start at one of the EKZN Offices near Underberg, Himeville or the Sani Pass. Routes are carefully chosen to show off an exceptional array of endemic flora and fauna. They incorporate majestic scenery, pristine streams and rivers within as much wilderness as possible. The distance covered would be somewhere between 2kms and 5kms to allow time to identify, photograph and enjoy the wildflowers, birds and animals, but could extend to as much as 10kms on request. The best of the flowering season is in the spring and summer. The trip will be tailor-made to suit the client’s interests. You would need to order a packed lunch from your accommodation establishment or self-cater. Several days can be spent walking through wildflowers in the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Options include exploring the diverse range of different wildflower species and endemic birds as the altitude increases up the iconic Sani Pass, spending one or two nights at accommodation within Lesotho to take in the alpine species along the Drakensberg Escarpment and within the Maluti Mountains. Visit some remote pristine wilderness areas to immerse yourself in the stunning array of Flora and Fauna. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Guiding base rate: R1,850.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R440.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4). EKZN Wildlife day entry: R35.00 to R45.00 per person. 4x4 Transport hire: Price on request. NB: IF VISITING LESOTHO, PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
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The starting time is flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions. There is no maximum group size but a group larger than 12 persons is not recommended.
Guiding base rate: R1,850.00 for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R440.00 per extra person for groups larger than 4). EKZN Wildlife day entry: R35.00 to R45.00 per person depending on venue.
In February 2010 Philip Grant qualified as a National Mountain Guide with unlimited scope. This allows him to legally guide hiking trips in any mountainous part South Africa. Prime areas would be the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town, the Wolkberg Mountains near Tzaneen, in Limpopo Province and the Magaliesburg near Johannesburg and Pretoria. These trips could be extensions of Drakensberg hikes, for our clients who would like to experience other South African mountain wilderness areas accompanied by the same guide as they had used in the Maloti Drakensberg.
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Southern Secrets day hike routes are carefully chosen to show off the best of the Drakensberg and as many of the ‘southern secrets’ as possible. They incorporate majestic scenery, towering rock ramparts, pristine streams and rivers with interesting fauna and flora and often San or Bushman Rock Art. As much pure wilderness as possible is included. The distance normally covered would be somewhere between 10kms and 15kms, but could extend to as much as 20kms or more on request. Altitude gain would be around 300m to 500m, but could extend to over 1000m if climbing a High Berg peak such as the Rhino Horn (3256m). You would need to order a packed lunch from your accommodation establishment, or self-cater.
Southern Secrets day hike routes are carefully chosen to show off the best of the Drakensberg and as many of the ‘southern secrets’ as possible. They incorporate majestic scenery, towering rock ramparts, pristine streams and rivers with interesting fauna and flora and often San or Bushman Rock Art. As much pure wilderness as possible is included.
The distance normally covered would be somewhere between 10kms and 15kms, but could extend to as much as 20kms or more on request. Altitude gain would be around 300m to 500m, but could extend to over 1000m if climbing a High Berg peak such as the Rhino Horn (3256m). You would need to order a packed lunch from your accommodation establishment, or self-cater.
From 3 days (2 nights) up to 6 days (5 nights)
From 2 days (1 night) to as long as you like
From 2 days (1 night) up to 5 days (4 nights)
From 3 days (2 nights) up to 5 days (4 nights)
Southern Secrets day hike routes are carefully chosen to show off the best of the Drakensberg and as many of the ‘southern secrets’ as possible. They incorporate majestic scenery, towering rock ramparts, pristine streams and rivers with interesting fauna and flora and often San or Bushman Rock Art. As much pure wilderness as possible is included. The distance normally covered would be somewhere between 10kms and 15kms, but could extend to as much as 20kms or more on request. Altitude gain would be around 300m to 500m, but could extend to over 1000m if climbing a High Berg peak such as the Rhino Horn (3256m). You would need to order a packed lunch from your accommodation establishment, or self-cater. The starting time is flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions. There is no maximum group size but a group larger than 12 persons is not recommended.
There are many beautiful overnight caves to choose from in the Southern KZN Drakensberg that have to be seen to be appreciated. Humans are dwarfed by massive sandstone cliffs which form rock overhangs, and nearby cascading waterfalls and pools are typical. The views, through natural indigenous forest into and across the valleys below are unequalled. Most of the routes to and from the caves and the caves themselves are in wilderness and in most cases incorporate San or Bushman Rock Art sites. Caves Traverse A caves traverse can incorporate several different combinations of caves (rock overhangs) and can be extended by hiking from one overnight cave to the next, or by staying for two nights in one cave, allowing a full day to explore the surrounding area, swim in pristine rock pools, climb a nearby High Berg peak, or simply relax and enjoy some unspoilt wilderness. Distance covered each day would be between 10kms and 12kms, with a typical altitude gain or descent of around 500m. After arriving at the cave and making camp, there is normally time to swim or explore. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Guiding base rate: R1,980.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R495.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4). The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons. EKZN Wildlife overnight caves: R55.00 to R65.00 per person per night.
Guiding base rate: R2,100.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R495.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4) The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons Sehlabathebe Lodge: R750.00 per person per night (self-catering)                              R900.00 per person per night (DBB) Sehlabathebe NP day entrance: R35.00 per person per day EKZN Wildlife overnight caves: R55.00 - R65.00 per person per night Lesotho Village: R250.00 per person per night (DBB) NB: PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
This hiking trip is unique as it encompasses pristine mountain wilderness hiking in the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site, a night or nights in a cave (rock overhang), with a trip across the border to a remote village in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Time can be spent in Lesotho’s spectacular and unspoilt Sehlabathebe National Park which was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. This type of hike provides many contrasts, cultural interaction and ‘southern secrets’. When staying the night in the Basotho Village, there is time for a guided walk, and an introduction to Lesotho mountain village life and culture. Dinner and breakfast are traditional meals, and we will sleep in an authentic Basotho hut. On the 4 day version of the hike, an option is to stay the last night in the new Lodge in Sehlabathebe National Park. Among other alternatives on the hike, there would be a possible option to climb the magnificent freestanding peaks of Baroa ba Bararo or ‘The Knuckles’ (3050m). On the 4 day version of the hike, it is possible to include a walk to Tsoelikane Falls, or to go horse riding with a local guide. San or Bushman Rock Art sites can also be visited. In the Mnweni area of the Northern Drakensberg a longer and more strenuous cross cultural hike is possible – interacting with both Basotho and Zulu cultures. Porters are available in this part of the Drakensburg. Alternatively it is possible to enjoy a Zulu village visit with virtually no hiking at all. This would suit those who are unable to walk long distances for any reason. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Guiding base rate: R2,200.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R550.00 per extra person for groups larger than 4). EKZN Wildlife overnight fee: R55.00 to R65.00 per person per night. The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons. NB: Because hiking is along an international border and we will often be in Lesotho, PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
A hike such as this is extreme and should only be tackled by persons who are fit and are prepared to endure a little discomfort in return for spectacular views and vistas. At times, weather conditions on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment can be very cold and windy, and visibility can be compromised by mist and rain. Snow is possible in any month of the year, but falls mainly between May and November. Kit and clothing must be of the highest standard. Examples of such hikes are the traverses from the Sentinel to Cathedral Peak in the Northern Drakensberg, or from Sani Pass to Bushman’s Nek. Because the start and end points are a long way from each other, it is necessary to make transport arrangements. As most of the hiking is along the SA Lesotho border, the route is not in the pure wilderness of the World Heritage Site. People such as Basotho shepherds, as well as domestic animals such as sheep, goats, cattle and horses are likely to be encountered, although a sense of isolation and of being a long way from anywhere is prevalent. The scenery is wild and starkly beautiful, with many exquisite ridges, valleys, rivers, mountain streams and pools to be discovered. Bird life is interesting with a good chance of seeing Cape Vultures and the rare and endangered Bearded Vulture. Distances covered each day would be between 12kms and 20kms. Altitude gain or descent in any day can total 900m and can be as much as 1500m if the route includes a Drakensberg pass. Shorter versions of High Traverses are possible, as well as hikes that take in a night or two at lower altitude in a wilderness cave (rock overhang) with a night or two on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment in tents. This type of route can be planned to return to the original trailhead, avoiding the need for complicated transport arrangements. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Trekking and Pony Trekking in Lesotho
NB: PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
Lesotho trekking and pony trekking trips can be arranged by Southern Secrets. They will either be tailor-made by us, or will be in combination with other tour operators. They normally involve a 4x4 trip up the legendary Sani Pass to link up with Basotho horse guides and community tourism initiatives. Overnight accommodation is in villages or lodges, and involves considerable cultural interaction with the friendly Basotho people. Philip or Christeen Grant will accompany clients on the rides or treks. It is also possible to combine a Southern Secrets hiking trip with a Lesotho cultural trip or pony trekking trip. Because of the time taken to travel into Lesotho, all trekking and pony trekking trips are multi-day trips, lasting from 2 to 4 days. Longer trips can be arranged. Philip Grant Christeen Grant are willing to offer help and advice on the best way to compile and combine hiking, trekking and pony trekking itineraries, so as to assist you to get the most out of your experience.
Price: On request. Regrettably, due to many variable factors, prices can only be quoted after details such as trip duration and number of people is known.
A Drakensberg Wildflower and Nature day trip would start at one of the EKZN Offices near Underberg, Himeville or the Sani Pass. Routes are carefully chosen to show off an exceptional array of endemic flora and fauna. They incorporate majestic scenery, pristine streams and rivers within as much wilderness as possible. The distance covered would be somewhere between 2kms and 5kms to allow time to identify, photograph and enjoy the wildflowers, birds and animals, but could extend to as much as 10kms on request. The best of the flowering season is in the spring and summer. The trip will be tailor-made to suit the client’s interests. You would need to order a packed lunch from your accommodation establishment or self-cater.
Several days can be spent walking through wildflowers in the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Options include exploring the diverse range of different wildflower species and endemic birds as the altitude increases up the iconic Sani Pass, spending one or two nights at accommodation within Lesotho to take in the alpine species along the Drakensberg Escarpment and within the Maluti Mountains. Visit some remote pristine wilderness areas to immerse yourself in the stunning array of Flora and Fauna. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Distance covered each day would be between 10kms and 12kms, with a typical altitude gain or descent of around 500m. After arriving at the cave and making camp, there is normally time to swim or explore. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
There are many beautiful overnight caves to choose from in the Southern KZN Drakensberg that have to be seen to be appreciated. Humans are dwarfed by massive sandstone cliffs which form rock overhangs, and nearby cascading waterfalls and pools are typical. The views, through natural indigenous forest into and across the valleys below are unequalled. Most of the routes to and from the caves and the caves themselves are in wilderness and in most cases incorporate San or Bushman Rock Art sites. Caves Traverse A caves traverse can incorporate several different combinations of caves (rock overhangs) and can be extended by hiking from one overnight cave to the next, or by staying for two nights in one cave, allowing a full day to explore the surrounding area, swim in pristine rock pools, climb a nearby High Berg peak, or simply relax and enjoy some unspoilt wilderness.
Guiding base rate: R2,100.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R495.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4) The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons Sehlabathebe Lodge: R750.00 per person per night (self-catering)                                        R900.00 per person per night (DBB) Sehlabathebe NP day entrance: R35.00 per person per day EKZN Wildlife overnight caves: R55.00 - R65.00 per person per night Lesotho Village: R250.00 per person per night (DBB) NB: PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
In the Mnweni area of the Northern Drakensberg a longer and more strenuous cross cultural hike is possible – interacting with both Basotho and Zulu cultures. Porters are available in this part of the Drakensburg. Alternatively it is possible to enjoy a Zulu village visit with virtually no hiking at all. This would suit those who are unable to walk long distances for any reason. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
This hiking trip is unique as it encompasses pristine mountain wilderness hiking in the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site, a night or nights in a cave (rock overhang), with a trip across the border to a remote village in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Time can be spent in Lesotho’s spectacular and unspoilt Sehlabathebe National Park which was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. This type of hike provides many contrasts, cultural interaction and ‘southern secrets’. When staying the night in the Basotho Village, there is time for a guided walk, and an introduction to Lesotho mountain village life and culture. Dinner and breakfast are traditional meals, and we will sleep in an authentic Basotho hut. On the 4 day version of the hike, an option is to stay the last night in the new Lodge in Sehlabathebe National Park. Among other alternatives on the hike, there would be a possible option to climb the magnificent freestanding peaks of Baroa ba Bararo or ‘The Knuckles’ (3050m). On the 4 day version of the hike, it is possible to include a walk to Tsoelikane Falls, or to go horse riding with a local guide. San or Bushman Rock Art sites can also be visited.
Shorter versions of High Traverses are possible, as well as hikes that take in a night or two at lower altitude in a wilderness cave (rock overhang) with a night or two on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment in tents. This type of route can be planned to return to the original trailhead, avoiding the need for complicated transport arrangements. Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
A hike such as this is extreme and should only be tackled by persons who are fit and are prepared to endure a little discomfort in return for spectacular views and vistas. At times, weather conditions on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment can be very cold and windy, and visibility can be compromised by mist and rain. Snow is possible in any month of the year, but falls mainly between May and November. Kit and clothing must be of the highest standard. Examples of such hikes are the traverses from the Sentinel to Cathedral Peak in the Northern Drakensberg, or from Sani Pass to Bushman’s Nek. Because the start and end points are a long way from each other, it is necessary to make transport arrangements. As most of the hiking is along the SA Lesotho border, the route is not in the pure wilderness of the World Heritage Site. People such as Basotho shepherds, as well as domestic animals such as sheep, goats, cattle and horses are likely to be encountered, although a sense of isolation and of being a long way from anywhere is prevalent. The scenery is wild and starkly beautiful, with many exquisite ridges, valleys, rivers, mountain streams and pools to be discovered. Bird life is interesting with a good chance of seeing Cape Vultures and the rare and endangered Bearded Vulture. Distances covered each day would be between 12kms and 20kms. Altitude gain or descent in any day can total 900m and can be as much as 1500m if the route includes a Drakensberg pass.
Because of the time taken to travel into Lesotho, all trekking and pony trekking trips are multi-day trips, lasting from 2 to 4 days. Longer trips can be arranged. Philip Grant Christeen Grant are willing to offer help and advice on the best way to compile and combine hiking, trekking and pony trekking itineraries, so as to assist you to get the most out of your experience.
Lesotho trekking and pony trekking trips can be arranged by Southern Secrets. They will either be tailor-made by us, or will be in combination with other tour operators. They normally involve a 4x4 trip up the legendary Sani Pass to link up with Basotho horse guides and community tourism initiatives. Overnight accommodation is in villages or lodges, and involves considerable cultural interaction with the friendly Basotho people. Philip or Christeen Grant will accompany clients on the rides or treks. It is also possible to combine a Southern Secrets hiking trip with a Lesotho cultural trip or pony trekking trip.
Guiding base rate: R1,850.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R440.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4). EKZN Wildlife day entry: R35.00 to R45.00 per person. 4x4 Transport hire: Price on request. NB: IF VISITING LESOTHO, PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
There are many beautiful overnight caves to choose from in the Southern KZN Drakensberg that have to be seen to be appreciated. Humans are dwarfed by massive sandstone cliffs which form rock overhangs, and nearby cascading waterfalls and pools are typical. The views, through natural indigenous forest into and across the valleys below are unequalled. Most of the routes to and from the caves and the caves themselves are in wilderness and in most cases incorporate San or Bushman Rock Art sites.
Caves Traverse A caves traverse can incorporate several different combinations of caves (rock overhangs) and can be extended by hiking from one overnight cave to the next, or by staying for two nights in one cave, allowing a full day to explore the surrounding area, swim in pristine rock pools, climb a nearby High Berg peak, or simply relax and enjoy some unspoilt wilderness.
Guiding base rate: R1,980.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R495.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4). The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons. EKZN Wildlife overnight caves: R55.00 to R65.00 per person per night.
Starting times each day are flexible, but will be as early as possible, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
This type of hike provides many contrasts, cultural interaction and ‘southern secrets’. When staying the night in the Basotho Village, there is time for a guided walk, and an introduction to Lesotho mountain village life and culture. Dinner and breakfast are traditional meals, and we will sleep in an authentic Basotho hut. On the 4 day version of the hike, an option is to stay the last night in the new Lodge in Sehlabathebe National Park. Among other alternatives on the hike, there would be a possible option to climb the magnificent freestanding peaks of Baroa ba Bararo or ‘The Knuckles’ (3050m). On the 4 day version of the hike, it is possible to include a walk to Tsoelikane Falls, or to go horse riding with a local guide. San or Bushman Rock Art sites can also be visited.
Guiding base rate: R2,100.00 per day for 1 up to 4 persons. (Add R495.00 per extra person per day for groups larger than 4) The maximum group size is restricted to 12 persons Sehlabathebe Lodge: R750.00 per person per night (self-catering) R900.00 per person per night (DBB) Sehlabathebe NP day entrance: R35.00 per person per day EKZN Wildlife overnight caves: R55.00 - R65.00 per person per night Lesotho Village: R250.00 per person per night (DBB) NB: PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL
In the Mnweni area of the Northern Drakensberg a longer and more strenuous cross cultural hike is possible – interacting with both Basotho and Zulu cultures. Porters are available in this part of the Drakensburg. Alternatively it is possible to enjoy a Zulu village visit with virtually no hiking at all. This would suit those who are unable to walk long distances for any reason.
This hiking trip is unique as it encompasses pristine mountain wilderness hiking in the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site, a night or nights in a cave (rock overhang), with a trip across the border to a remote village in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Time can be spent in Lesotho’s spectacular and unspoilt Sehlabathebe National Park which was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
Examples of such hikes are the traverses from the Sentinel to Cathedral Peak in the Northern Drakensberg, or from Sani Pass to Bushman’s Nek. Because the start and end points are a long way from each other, it is necessary to make transport arrangements.
As most of the hiking is along the SA Lesotho border, the route is not in the pure wilderness of the World Heritage Site. People such as Basotho shepherds, as well as domestic animals such as sheep, goats, cattle and horses are likely to be encountered, although a sense of isolation and of being a long way from anywhere is prevalent. The scenery is wild and starkly beautiful, with many exquisite ridges, valleys, rivers, mountain streams and pools to be discovered. Bird life is interesting with a good chance of seeing Cape Vultures and the rare and endangered Bearded Vulture. Distances covered each day would be between 12kms and 20kms. Altitude gain or descent in any day can total 900m and can be as much as 1500m if the route includes a Drakensberg pass.
A hike such as this is extreme and should only be tackled by persons who are fit and are prepared to endure a little discomfort in return for spectacular views and vistas. At times, weather conditions on top of the Drakensberg Escarpment can be very cold and windy, and visibility can be compromised by mist and rain. Snow is possible in any month of the year, but falls mainly between May and November. Kit and clothing must be of the highest standard.