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From Underberg: Sani Pass Day Tour

1. From Underberg: Sani Pass Day Tour

The Sani Pass is regarded by some as having the most spectacular views in South Africa. Originally a bridle path, it has become a ‘bucket list’ experience that is not to be missed. Walls of sandstone, cascading rivers, and hair-raising bends are just some of the highlights as your 4x4 vehicle takes you through the Barrier of Spears and into the Kingdom of Lesotho.  Visit a living Basotho village and meet its people for a true cultural experience. The highest pub in Africa welcomes you with a hearty lunch and refreshments before your journey back down the pass to Underberg. 

From Underberg: 5 Day 4 Night Lesotho Overland Private Tour

2. From Underberg: 5 Day 4 Night Lesotho Overland Private Tour

Underberg to Oxbow on Day 1 Around 9:00 a.m., we will depart from Underberg and go toward the notorious Sani Pass, where your journey through Lesotho will begin. Before visiting a Basotho household to learn more about the way of life of the Mountain People of Lesotho, we will first have an early lunch at the Sani Mountain Lodge (The Highest Pub in Africa). You will get to view a lot of the Lesotho Highlands on the way to your overnight lodging, passing the Letsing Diamond Mine and Lesotho's highest pass, Tlaeeng. You will spend the night at the cozy Oxbow Lodge, which is tucked away high in the Maluti Mountain Range and gives visitors a genuine taste of African mountain life. Day 2: Katse - Oxbow On Day 2, we travel to the utterly stunning Katse Dam. You will have the option to get out of the car on the way there and learn more about the Bushmen who lived in this region by looking at their more than 300-year-old paintings. We'll also stop by an Anglican Church job program and sheltered workshop. Young Basotho women have been taught cooking and needlework skills as well as how to spin and weave mohair from the mountain goats that reside in Lesotho since 1911 by the Sisters of the Holy Name. We move back up into the mountains near Katse Dam after descending in height. There, we decide to have lunch in a lovely location. Day 3: Mohale - Katse On Day 3, we will begin the morning with a trip within the wall of the Katse Dam, which is the second-largest dam in Africa and is a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat'so River in Lesotho. After that, you may take in all that Lesotho has to offer, from expansive views of the Lesotho mountains to its distinctive flora and fauna, as you enjoy the magnificent drive from Katse to Mohale. Along the way, we'll stop at a peaceful location to eat our picnic lunch for the day. We will have a leisurely boat trip on the Mohale dam in the afternoon. The Mohale Lodge, where we'll be staying overnight, has a variety of amenities. Day 4: Semonkong to Mohale On Day 4, as we return to Lesotho's capital, we stop at Thaba Bosiu, a must-see attraction. King Moeshoeshoe built and administered the Kingdom of Lesotho from this mountain stronghold in the 19th century, where he also fought several wars to defend his Kingdom. The Kings and Queens of Lesotho are buried here today. We hike up the hill to the graveyard if you're up for it so you can see them. The Maletsunyane Falls is our first stop before continuing on to Semonkong, where we will spend the night. It holds the distinction of being Africa's highest single-drop waterfall at 192 meters. Semonkong to Underberg on Day 5 On Day 5, we leave the Mountain Kingdom via Qacha's Nek and return to Underberg via the Southern Drakensberg's backroads, where the mountains' stunning splendor continues to astound.

Best of Kosi Bay tour. Kayak, Snorkel, Traditional Fish BBQ

3. Best of Kosi Bay tour. Kayak, Snorkel, Traditional Fish BBQ

Take a guided walking and kayaking tour of Kosi Bay. See the local flora and fauna that thrive both above and below the water as you walk, kayak, and snorkel your way through the wonders of the bay. Meet your guide at a wooden bridge at the Kosi Mouth reserve. Follow your guide past a viewpoint overlooking the bay's estuary. Hop aboard a sea kayak and paddle through surreal mangrove channels. Keep an eye out for mangrove kingfishers. Snorkel through the part of the bay which is known for its large variety of fish species. Try to spot parrot fish, moray eels, lionfish, surgeons, trigger fish, mullet, grunters, river snappers, butterfly fish, Moorish idols, flutemouth fish, goatfish, and pickhandle barracudas. Head to the fish kraals (traditional fish trap) where you can meet the Thonga fisherman who owns the trap. Gain insight into the local practice of spearfishing and try to spear a fish of your own. Experience local flavors as your host prepares you an authentic meal. Savor fresh fish that has been perfectly prepared on sharpened sticks next to an open fire. Eat a delicious helping of maize bread and peanut soup with your fish. Have your lunch on the shoreline of the Kosi bay estuary under a shady uMdoni tree, just like the Thonga have been doing for the last 700 years. Taste some freshly harvested palm juice that has not been fermented, as well as some well fermented wine.

Zulu Cultural Tour: Rural Village, Tribal Markets & Food

4. Zulu Cultural Tour: Rural Village, Tribal Markets & Food

Following collection from your Durban accommodation, begin a day about context, immersion, and relevance. Your tour starts with you meeting the dancing curator of the Phansi Museum, who introduces you to a vast collection of indigenous art and crafts before you sample some pan-African cuisine. Following that, head to Isithumba - a living Zulu cultural village. There a local resident helps you to explore the village on foot, as you begin to understand a different way of life. If the ancestors are kind you may even meet the village chief or the local spiritual healer for an immersive exchange. The Markets of Warwick are your final stop. This curious quarter represents the beating heart of indigenous culture. Meet the Lime and Imphepho Gogos (female elders), and watch them create their goods before you witness Muthi Bridge, or as the locals like to call it - Sangoma Central. Unlock this mysterious place and get a feel for where the culture is heading, before your driver returns you to your accommodation.

Durban: Interactive Sightseeing Tour with Locals

5. Durban: Interactive Sightseeing Tour with Locals

Start the day with a pickup from your accommodation then dive straight into your Durban adventure. Stroll through Africa’s oldest surviving Botanical Gardens and tap into its history and unique collections with a passionate horticulturist. Then meet the ‘loneliest man on the planet’, which is a tree, and discover the secret to invisibility. Next, unlock the trendy suburb of Glenwood, which is considered by many as the Arts Quarter of Durban. Explore on foot with local artists, Mooki Lion or Dane Stops, and track down the public portfolios of talented street artists. On the tour, uncover the underbelly of the city as you get into a conversation about the social issues that underpin the art. Time to meet Mama Nkosi next, also known as the dancing curator of Phansi Museum, and the head honcho of one of the largest collections of indigenous art and crafts in KwaZulu Natal. Learn about indigenous beliefs, tribal culture, and how people used the therapeutic nature of song and dance to deal with their emotions and feelings. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, taste the flavors of African cuisine and sample the popular delicacies of Durban such as bunny chow. With your energy levels restored, enter into the beating heart of the city, the Markets of Warwick. In the company of a local NGO, meet merchants peddling their wares and learn about the history, significance, and future of this remarkable space.  After the market, drive through the city center as your guide brings it to life with historical anecdotes. Finish the day at the creative hub that is Station Drive Precinct and enjoy an artisan gelato tasting with local creatives. For those who'd like to test out some craft beer, stroll over the S43 and try the refreshing flavors at That Brewing Company (at own expense).

From Durban: Sani Pass Trail Day Tour

6. From Durban: Sani Pass Trail Day Tour

From the bustling City of Durban, Tour to Lesotho – “Kingdom in the Sky” The Sani Pass tour into Lesotho from Durban gives you the opportunity to experience an adventure of a lifetime – a comfortable and exciting journey up this famous pass. Starting off in Durban, our tour heads up through the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, to the picturesque town of Underberg, where the real adventure begins. Our luxury Sani Pass tour snakes up the mountain and takes you through a scenic valley along a crystal clear river, making for a breath-taking experience. Your personal Tour Guide will fill you in on all you can learn about the history of the pass and the surrounding area. Feast your eyes on the natural landscape that is dotted with many species of wildflowers, creating splashes of vibrant colors. The road itself is rough which is why only 4×4 vehicles are allowed to traverse it, but because of this and the hairpin bends, you are in for a fun and heart-racing trip. Once you reach the top your senses will be filled beyond your wildest dreams – breathe in the fresh mountain air, drink in the sweeping vistas that are nothing short of majestic, and enjoy this unique African experience in Lesotho – ‘Kingdom of the Sky’.

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What people are saying about KwaZulu-Natal

Very nice, safe tour from Underberg to Lesotho over the Sani Pass. Meet around 8:45am and then 4WD to the border and climb the pass. Elias provided us with lots of interesting facts and great scenery. There was also a short visit to a small village in Lesotho, followed by eating and drinking in Africa's highest pub at your own expense. It was tasty and affordable. We were back in Underberg around 4:00 p.m. Thanks for a nice day!

Impressive trip! We clearly have problems at the border . The reservation sheet stated to bring either your ID or your travel pass. We only had our ID with us. This proved insufficient at the border. We would then only be allowed in if we would pay extra. We declined this. In the end we were allowed to pass after much commotion . Strange that our guide didn't already inform us at the hotel that only a travel pass was needed.

Had a great experience together with our guide Allen! We laughed together, and enjoyed the african massage, as Allen liked to call it. Definitely recommend this tour! He stops for nice points to take pictures, where you will get enough time to get out of the car and get the perfect shot. We think that taking this tour would be a 1000 times better than driving the pass by yourself.

It was an unforgettable experience. The weather was a bit bad and it rained the day before. I'm glad I was able to experience that. The guide (Elias) was great. He knew a lot and discovered the smallest movements of animals. We can only recommend this trip. The view alone, even in bad weather, is phenomenal.

Ride on the Sanipass in persistent rain. From 2300 m transition to snowfall. On arrival at the pass about 15 cm of snow. Unfortunately no view on the pass, below the clouds imposing topography.