South Africa & Lesotho: discovering the Drakensberg 2021

6 days / 5 nights from € 1.600
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South Africa & Lesotho: discovering the Drakensberg 2021

An adventure on horseback between Lesotho and South Africa is just waiting for  you. Starting from an enchanting farm in Underberg, South Africa, we will discover the Drakensberg area, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The largest mountain range in South Africa, literally translated “the Dragon Mountains”, comprise the highest peaks in the ‘area, which reach 3,482 meters in Thabana Ntlenyana, Lesotho. From the name we already understand that it is a magical place, full of legends and mysticism. You won’t be surprised to know that LRR Tolkien drew inspiration from these mountains to describe the misty mountains of “Middle-earth” in his mythical “The Lord of the Rings”. We will cross the border between South Africa and Lesotho on horseback, with passport in hand, and enter the beautiful Sehlabathebe National Park.
Little visited but wonderful, registered in 2013 among the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it extends over a remote, rugged and suggestive territory. Its gently rolling grasslands, expanses of wild flowers and silence help create a sense of complete isolation. Populated only by numerous species of birds, some antelope, roe deer and a few villages of local tribes. On horseback ,it will be possible to explore it passing from the impervious Sani Top pass. Get ready to cope with abrupt climate change and violent summer rains.
If the Garden of Eden has ever existed it had to be just like that : an uncontaminated place with infinite spaces that will take your breath away

Departure dates available on request all year round with a minimum of 2 people departing from Italy.

Start any day of the week.

PARTICIPANTS: MIN 2 MAX 6

1° day

ITALY / DURBAN / UNDERBERG (- / - / D)

Arrival at Durban airport and transfer (by rental car or on request with private transfer) to the Drakensberg of about 3 h to the farm which is located in the south of the Drakenberg, about 15 minutes from the town of Underberg . it is a protected area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival at the farm ,you will be greeted by the owner of the house who will offer you a welcome cocktail on the beautiful veranda overlooking the pastures. Dinner and night at the farm ,which offers 2 rooms with private bathroom or in independent cottages just a few minutes away.

2° day

UNDERBERG (B/L/D)

After having breakfast, horses are assigned according to their equestrian skills; South African, Friesian and half-breed horses are available. we will be on the saddle to enter the surrounding forest. Return to the equestrian center for lunch and free afternoon to discover the surroundings or for a little relaxation. Overnight stay and dinner on the farm.

3° day

UNDERBERG / SEHLABATEBE NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)

Very early breakfast and departure by bus and van to Bushmans Nek pass, at 1500 meters, where we will leave the South African border and we will be on the saddle we will enter Lesotho. A breathtaking landscape awaits you, endless fords, green expanses as far as the eye can see, rolling hills and enchanting rock formations. After a challenging rocky stretch -where we will have to lead the horses by hand-we will reach a height of 2500 meters. Short stop and picnic for horses and riders before descending to the lodge. We will find waterfalls, and if the weather permits we can even swim !! Arrival in the early afternoon at Sehlabathebe Heritage Lodge, snack and relaxation in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

4° day

SEHLABATEBE NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)

After having breakfast ,we saddle the horses and we will go to Ha Semanyane Village, where we will be able to see the working reality of a Basotho village. Refreshing stop in a Shebeen (Pub) and return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we will go to visit the gorges with incredible rock formations that will take your breath away. Dinner and overnight at Sehlabathebe Heritage Lodge.

5° day

SEHLABATEBE / UNDERBERG NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)

After having breakfast early in the morning, departure on the saddle to ride to the Bushmans Nek Pass. Along the way we will visit some incredible caves returning to South Africa, where we will load the horses and return to the farm. Snack, relaxing afternoon before having last farewell dinner and overnight stay in the farm.

6° day

UNDERBERG/DURBAN/ITALIA (B/-/-)

Breakfast, Check out and transfer to Durban airport (private transfers on request).

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureDouble
From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021€ 1,600

Notes

(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner

Supplement per person departure with 2 participants

€ 1,070

Transfer from / to Durban airport

Included

Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°

DURATION: 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

DIFFICULTY: °°°° (EXPERT)

ACCOMMODATION: FARM and LODGE

EQUIPMENT: Very comfortable trekking saddles with saddlebags

HORSES: HORSES of mixed breeds, mostly from Australian and Namibian genealogies. Large horse park to meet the needs of any customer.

GAIT: about 4H ON THE SADDLE. For mountain routes in Lesotho it is necessary to be experienced riders who can handle complicated passages and important fords. It will be necessary to carry the horses by hand in some places and therefore also be in good physical condition. They will alternate prairie where they can accelerate the pace.

MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 90 Kg

TYPE : semi-itinerant equestrian stay with overnight stay in a farm / lodge

ACCOMMODATION:

3 nights in a farm , about 15 minutes from the town of Underberg. It is surrounded by greenery with a wonderful view of the surrounding peaks. At guests’ disposal 2 bedrooms with private bathroom and sitting room with fireplace.

2 nights at Sehlabathebe Heritage Lodge , in the heart of Lesotho. Simple  rooms with shared bathrooms. The electricity is available only a few hours a day thanks to a generator and hot water is not always guaranteed.

Note: The program described above is to be considered indicative, there may be changes due to weather conditions beyond our control:the weather  in the mountains is unpredictable.

Exchange rate 1 EUR = 15 R (South African rand)

Exchange rate variations with fluctuations greater than 3% will result in an adjustment of costs and will be communicated within 20 days of departure.


The tariff includes

  • Full board treatment (drinks included)
  • AR transfer to Durban airport
  • Means of support and staff at the stables
  • 3 nights in the farm
  • 2 nights in lodge in Lesotho
  • 4 days on horseback (2 to 5 hours per day)
  • Horses and equipment available
  • Expert guide of the English speaking territory
  • Gadgets, luggage tags and various illustrative documentation
  • Insurance for medical assistance, medical repatriation and damage to luggage

The tariff does not include

  • Intercontinental flights to / from Durban
  • Possible rental car
  • Meals not mentioned, airport taxes, imported alcohol at the camp, tips, personal extras
  • Extra excursions
  • Anything not highlighted in the item “the fee includes”
  • Any extensions
  • Supplementary insurance
  • Any airport taxes – To be paid locally
  • Registration fee € 95

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