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2 - 6 day Lesotho Pony Trek
From R480 pp per day
Daily Departures (subject to availability of ponies)

Lesotho: The Kingdom of the Sky
Lesotho is a mountainous kingdom in southern Africa, home to the hospitable Basotho people. It covers an area of 30 355 square kilometres, about the size of Belgium. Lesotho offers raw beauty that attracts hikers, horseback (Basotho pony) riders and even snow sport junkies because yes, it snows in Lesotho! Most people travel to Lesotho as part of their southern African holidays, and they get to Lesotho via either a bus of a plane. Flights come into Lesotho’s Moshowshoe International Airport in its capital city of Maseru from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. If you are flying in from the US, Europe or Asia, you will change planes in Johannesburg. Flights from Johannesburg to Maseru take about an hour. There are also luxury interstate busses available. Although you can easily drive into Lesotho from South Africa, it is only advisable if you have a 4x4 car, as the roads can be a bit bumpy. Lesotho offers its visitors a natural beauty and a rich cultural tradition like no other!

The Lesotho Pony Treks give you the opportunity to stay in remote and rural Basotho villages, whilst exploring the beautiful Lesotho Mountains on horseback. This is an adventure at your own risk. The treks are usually about 7 hours each day and you do not need to be an experienced horse rider. The horses and overnight huts are hired from the local Basotho people. Overnight huts are very basic and are equipped with a gas cooker, cooking and eating utensils, mattresses on the floor, a bucket of water for washing and long drop toilets with a view! This is a self catered tour - you have to supply your own meals. These pony treks traverse spectacular mountain passes and some of Lesotho’s highest waterfalls. Local Basotho guides and packhorses accompany the treks. The weight limit per pannier bag is 25kg (50kg per pack horse – usually 4 persons to 1 packhorse). In the case of excess weight an extra pack horse at R450 per day, will have to be hired by the group. The weight limit per rider is 90 – 100 kilograms. The carrying of heavy backpacks (about 10kg) is not advisable and can lead to injuries. Should you run out of space in the panniers, please enquire about the possibilities of hiring an extra pack horse. Please remember that these treks are rough and tough, no frills whatsoever – no showers, you bathe in plastic basins and streams; no flush toilets, only long drop toilets available; no chairs, very few tables etc.

 
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