This exciting adventure is a chance for you to get in your 4x4 and drive it in the terrain it was designed to be driven in! Our journey takes us through the beautiful country of Lesotho!
Having arguably some of the best and most scenic 4x4 routes Southern Africa has to offer we traverse Lesotho along Katse Dam and through the Black Mountains to the infamous Sani Pass also known as “The Dragon”. Over the five day tour you will get to see some of the most stunning scenery from the seat of your 4x4 with the peace of mind that every last detail has been taken care of by SA Adventure including a full support crew, back up vehicle, and medic.
Johannesburg to Maliba Lodge
356kms tar / 4kms gravel
Our adventure starts in South Africa where we travel from our meeting point, heading south towards the little town of Clarens which will be our lunch stop on day one. From Clarens it’s a short drive on good tar to the border with Lesotho. Customs at the South African/Lesotho border posts are easy and it takes only about 20 minutes to get stamped in! From here we have a 50km drive to our hotel for the night. We are staying at the Maliba Mountain Lodge nestled in the Maluti Mountains. It’s a 5 star hotel and the food is amazing! We relax with a few drinks on the deck over looking the beautiful valley below.
Maliba Lodge to Katse Lodge
4kms gravel / 173kms tar
We leave Maliba after breakfast and drive out of the valley and start to head towards Katse Dam. Its Africa's second largest man made dam. The dam is part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which will eventually include five large dams in remote rural areas. The road alongside the dam is perfect tar and has loads of curves and steep climbs up the sides of the Maluti Mountains! One of the highlights of today is driving up to the view point at the Mafika Lisiu Pass, the summit is just over 3000 meters above sea level. Tonight we are staying at the Katse Dam Lodge. A warm cosy pub and a magnificent view over the Katse dam are just some of the features it has to offer!
Katse Lodge to Sani Mountain Lodge
40kms tar / 190kms gravel
Today we travel towards the infamous Sani Pass also sometimes known as “The Dragon”. Sani Pass began as a rough mule trail along which donkeys traversed loaded with wool and mohair on the way down the pass, and blankets, clothing and maize meal on the return journey. David Alexander, whose company Mokhotlong Mountain Transport was the first to operate on the pass in 1955, opened the pass to vehicle traffic.
Our hotel for the evening is the Sani Mountain Lodge, it boasts the highest pub in Africa and you can enjoy a Maluti Lager while sitting on the deck over looking the Sani Pass below, knowing that you will be driving down it the next day! The road to Sani Mountain Lodge from Katse is mostly gravel with some steep inclines to work out the low range gearboxes! We will be traveling down the Kao Mine road through the most stunning little villages and over Kowl’s summit at 3400 meters above sea level.
Sani Lodge to Ardmore Guest Farm
99kms gravel / 124kms tar
We leave Sani Mountain Lodge after a leisurely breakfast and head straight out their gates into the Lesotho border control at the top off the pass. It’s a quick stamp in your passport and then back in your 4x4 to tame the Dragon! Sani Pass awaits for you at 2876 meters its curves and switch backs are some of the best 4x4 roads you will find anywhere in the world! Stop along the way to take photos of the beautiful mountains and to have a drink from the “Fountain of Youth“ a fresh water spring filtered through the layers of sandstone that make up the mountains of the valley you are riding through! We refuel in the picturesque town of Himeville and then head to Nottingham Road for our lunch stop. Our hotel for the night is the Ardmore Guest Farm which is situated in the enchanting Champagne valley of the central Drakensberg, just below the majestic three highest peaks in South Africa: Mafadi (highest at 3450m); Injisuthi Dome (second highest at 3410m) and the majestic Champagne Castle (third highest at 3377m).
Ardmore Guest Farm to Johannesburg
4kms gravel / 355kms tar
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today we travel home via some amazing 4x4 back roads in the Drakensberg Mountain Range. The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1000 km from the Eastern Cape Province in the South, then successively forms, in order from south to north, the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape and the border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Province. Thereafter it forms the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and next as the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Province. It winds north, through Mpumalanga, as far as Tzaneen in Limpopo Province, from where it veers west. At Mokopane it is known as the Strydpoort Mountains.
So Why Tour with SA Adventure?
SA Adventure has been conducting off road tours throughout Southern Africa for just over 10 years. Our track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges and hotels on this tour have been built up over the years. We pride ourselves on safety and nothing is more important to us than your well being while on tour. We have a full support truck, guide and medic on every tour. You can relax on your holiday and know that SA Adventure has taken care of all the details to make your experience an unforgettable one! If you would like to join us on this amazing 4x4 adventure please fill out a booking form here: BOOKING FORM