11 hours

Explore the “Kingdom in the Sky”

This tour will take you up Sani Pass and further on into a village in the Mountain Kingdom, called Mokhotlong, allowing you to explore more of Lesotho in just a day! It’s the perfect mix of nature, culture and history; enjoy Lesotho’s natural flora and fauna, driving past Lesotho’s highest peak, dive into the culture of the Basotho people in this historical trading post and take a peek into history by getting to see the beautiful old buildings that pack lots of history into this small village. Lesotho is the only country in the world that is in its entirety above 1000m in elevation, making this an experience that you cannot enjoy anywhere else in the world! This tour ticks all these boxes – nature, culture and history – all in Lesotho, all in one day.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Himeville/Underberg – We arrange our departure from the Himeville Museum on Arbuckle Street – the main street – in Himeville (view map), alternatively we can pick you up from your accommodation.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 7.45 AM for a prompt departure at 8.00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6.00 PM.
WEAR In the warmer months (October – March)– dress in light-weight clothing but bring a warm jacket, as the weather can change drastically. In the colder months (April – September) – dress very warmly.
A personal tour guide
Comfortable 4X4 transport
Complimentary refreshments
Optional lunch – please add lunch to your tour here

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DO NOT FORGET Your passports (and VISA if required)
Unabridged birth certificate for under 18’s
VISA REQUIREMENTS Please click here for Lesotho VISA requirements.

About Mokhotlong

This village in Lesotho is a picturesque hour and a half drive from the Sani Pass Border Post. Mokhotlong started as a small police outpost in 1905 and over the years it developed into a remote trading hub for the people of the Highlands region. Since Mokhotlong is so remote, it was preserved from the development that other cities in Lesotho underwent. Mokhotlong gives tourists the opportunity to experience a truly traditional village in the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’.

Additional information

Groupsize4 – 10

8.00 AM

With eager anticipation the tour group departs from the starting point and heads up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border.

10.30 AM

After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, we climb even further into the Lesotho highlands, all the way to the top of the Black Mountain pass.

11.00 PM

At the top of Black Mountain Pass we get a chance to leave our vehicle, climb a short distance to a beautiful viewpoint of Thabana Ntlenyana. We enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and then we start heading towards Mokhotlong

12.30 PM

We arrive in the town of Mokhotlong and enjoy lunch together

1.00 PM

We visit a cultural Basotho village OR go horse-rinding into the Lesotho Highlands

2.00 PM

We make our back to Sani Pass.

3.30 PM

IF there is enough time we enjoy a cup of something hot or cold at the Highest Pub in Africa.

4.00 PM

After border formalities, we make our way back to Sani Pass.

6.00 PM

We arrive back in Underberg.