Re: Suggestions for a few days in January
For anyone interested in researching a similar trip, here is Mike's response (which came by e-mail):
The roads on the Western Side of Lesotho are better then in South Africa. I travelled via Fouriesburg Border and then onto Katse Dam.
One suggestion which is a MUST is if you travel by road take the A 25 towards Katse, it takes you over a tarred mountain pass above 3000m.
Travelling down Sani Pass a 4x4 is a must as it is not tarred and one needs a 4x4 or a high vehicle else one gets stuck - the road towards Mokhotlong is okay - going down the pass it is rough gravel and a few interesting turns. Only road across Lesotho where I had a challenge was between Katse and Thaba Tseka that road was under construction and a total mess - yet I managed to drive it with a normal sedan. Driving the pass down is easier then up - particularly if it has been raining. The alternative roads to the East are a lot worse, as it is the only crossing between KZN and Lesotho. All others take you to the Eastern Cape or back to the Free State and they are in worst state.
Malelane Lodge is great, so is Sani Top, I also stayed at the Katse Hotel which is a great gateway to see the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Malelane and Sani Top have horses to hire - and the view from Sani Top is just spectacular; as is the owner Jonathan and his brother who manages the place - good fun and full of "beans".
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