10 hours

Immersive Lesotho Day Trip, exploring 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 the highest peak in Southern Africa; dive into the culture of the Basotho people at a historical trading post and take a peek into history by getting to see the old buildings that pack lots of history into this small village.

Why go further into Lesotho?

Our top-ranked Sani Pass tour is very popular as it explores the Sani Pass summiting into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho! However, if you have more time, it’s really worth your while going on our full-day tour into Lesotho. With the extra time that we have, we get to travel beyond Sani Top and into the more populated areas of Mokhotlong. Experience real Basotho-life!

We summit some of the highest peaks south of Kilimanjaro! Black Mountain pass is an incredible sight at 3240m ASL – it often sees snows in Winter and sometimes even in Summer. As you descend into the valleys below you start seeing the remote villages around Mokhotlong.

Great Value Immersive Experience into the heart of Remote Lesotho

We pack coffee/tea, snacks and a hearty lunch while overlooking Lesotho’s Mountain Vistas.

Included in the price is Basotho Pony-Trekking in the foothills near Mokhotlong with your guide – who lives in and loves this area and shares stories about rural life in the mountains OR an immersive cultural experience – a short hike brings you to the heart of a homestead where we learn so much from these friendly and warm people who have been living the same way for many years.

No trip into Lesotho Via Sani Pass is complete without a final stop at the Highest Pub in Africa.

For a more detailed itinerary, please click on the itinerary tab.

All of these activities are much longer than what we could offer on our shorter tour.

To keep this amazing experience unique and intimate, we usually take only small groups on this tour – often only your booking.

When booking, please let us know which activity you would prefer and if you have any special dietary requirements, this will help us to plan for your tour.

Special Rates

Special rates are available for pensioners and children under 12, please contact us for more information.

Special Group Rates for the Lesotho Day Tour

Contact us for the most competitive group rates for 3 or persons.

We look forward to hosting you on your Lesotho Adventure!

Emile and the team.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Himeville/Underberg – We arrange our departures from our day tours office at the Stables Market Place on the Sani Road, just outside the village of 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
Picnic Lunch – Sandwich, Fruit, Cocktail Snacks and Warm Beverages
Cultural Basotho immersion OR go horse-riding into the Lesotho Highlands
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’.

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.

Additional information

GroupsizeMinimum 2
Tour OptionsOPTION 1: Pony trek through the Lesotho highlands OPTION 2: Immerse yourself into Lesotho\’s culture

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-riding into the Lesotho Highlands

2.00 PM

We make our back to Sani Pass.

3.30 PM

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.