Lesotho homes Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 17th February 2016

    Drakensberg day tour

     

    Our Drakensberg day tour began in Durban where I collected my clients and we began a great day under the African sun exiting South Africa over the Drakensberg mountains into Lesotho a landlocked country in South Africa.

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is on average the highest country in the world and South Africa’s second proclaimed world heritage site.

    The Drakensberg mountains have been a place of great peace yet many struggles have be fought in the area over land and control. Whats new….

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Sani Pass

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Draksenberg mountains are home to many species of animals including Eland, Bush buck, Nyala, Reebuck and many more. As we changed over vehicles into a 4×4 we managed to come across many raptors and some lovely Rock Hyrax.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Rock Hyrax sits on a rock

    Drakensberg tour; Rock Hyrax sits on a rock

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way higher up the Drakensberg mountains to about 2874 meters which in near on 9000 feet as you reach past the South African boarder post and you get you passports stamped there is 8 Kilometers with 3000 feet or 1000 meters of climbing in the 4×4 to go to the summit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; South African boarder post

    Drakensberg tour; South African boarder post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No mans land belongs to South Africa and is maintained by them and the last 8 or so bends to reach the summit of the Drakensberg mountain into Lesotho is very steep and very windy!

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg treacherous sani pass

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg treacherous sani pass

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we reached the Lesotho boarder post we felt the drop in temperature and the cool mountain breeze as we enjoyed the scenery of one of the poorest parts of Lesotho.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Lesotho boarder post

    Drakensberg tour; Lesotho boarder post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Aside of the new tar road the Chinese have constructed from the Lesotho boarder post to the nearest town 50km away this area is very baron and devoid of much life. If you are luck you will see a Ice Rat otherwise it is just the Marino and Angora sheep which was the reason Sani pass was built in the first place. South Africa wanted the wool and the Basotho people wanted the food and building material of there huts from South Africa.

    We visited the poor village and entered one of the ladies homes to learn more and sample the fresh Basotho bread.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho homes

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho homes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These amazing homes are constructed or stone, poles from South Africa, grass, cow dung, mud and soil. All these natural materials make the homes warm in Winter which has dropped one your below 20 degrees Celsius and cool in Summer which can still reach 30 degrees.

     

    After this experience we ventured to the Highest pub in Africa near the boarder post and it was here we would have a lovely lunch.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Highest Pub in Africa

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Highest Pub in Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After lunch at Sani pass we popped out to enjoy the views down the Drakensberg mountains and spotted these young Basotho Shepherds and there sheep. It was a lovely picture as they looked down into South Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho Shepards on top of Sani Pass

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho Shepards on top of Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then began the bumpy drive down the Sani pass and the Drakensberg mountain enjoying the amazing views from a new angle.  We had some lovely sightings again of the Rock Hyrax and then of a Malachite sun bird (Male) on a Protea which is South Africa’s national flower.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Malachite sun bird sits on a Protea flower

    Drakensberg tour; Malachite sun bird sits on a Protea flower

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It had been an amazing day tour in the Drakensberg mountains and we were all pretty tired but happy all the same with how wonderful the tour had gone.

    It is always a pleasure to show off the Drakensberg mountains to my clients and the amazing diversity we have in South Africa.