Free State and Lesotho Tour
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The Eastern Free State is undoubtedly the core of the province, encapsulating the essence of its diversity. Lesotho, known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky, holds a wealth of different experiences in store for those who visit there.
This tour is available throughout the year, please contact us for booking information.
The tour price varies according to group size, accommodation and activities. Remember, all our tours can be combined to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday. Please contact us for a quotation.
The Eastern Free State contains charming towns, undulating hills, battle sites, first rate fly fishing and cherry festival. Lesotho is an extraordinary country that offers exciting activities and an opportunity to explore nature and culture still unchanged by man.
Johannesburg / Pretoria to Clarens. Visit Golden Gate National Park.
Depart for Lesotho. Visit Katze Dam.
Enjoy the culture of Lesotho.
Hiking, pony trekking, Bushman paintings, dinosaur’s footprints.
Depart for Johannesburg /Pretoria.
Detailed Daily Tour Plan
5 Days: All our tours can be combined to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.
Depart Johannesburg / Pretoria for the Eastern Free State.
Depart Johannesburg for the Eastern Free State. Arrive Golden Gate.
Optional visit to the Basotho Cultural Village
In the Golden Gate Highlands National Park experience the beauty of the most amazing sandstone rock formations. This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals including black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra – and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs.
Sit back with a beer and enjoy the scenery or for the more energetic a chance to go for a hike.
Lunch at the hotel or depart for Clarens.
Clarens was laid out in the foothills of the Rooiberge and named for the village in Switzerland where President Paul Kruger died in 1904 while in exile. It is known as the artists’ town and the jewel of the Free State. This is a wonderful little village full of delightful shops, art galleries and its own brewery, whose brewer has a passion for micro brewed beer. The well-known SA artist Frans Claerhout lived in the area and you will find some of his works in the numerous galleries.
Enjoy lunch (own account) at one of the numerous and quint restaurants and street cafes.
Overnight in Clarens. Breakfast and dinner included.
Depart for the Lesotho Border.
Enter Lesotho at one of the most beautiful border posts in the world.
Travel over the truly magnificent Mafika-Lisiu mountain pass to wonder, not only at what nature has to offer in the form of spectacular scenery, but to be lost in admiration at what man can achieve in the likes of the Katze Dam, the Lesotho Highlands Water engineering project of the decade. Enjoy a cruise on the dam (subject to availability).
At the Katze Dam Botanical Garden extensive pathways will lead you pass the displays of Sesotho traditional medicinal plants and other unique plants.
Overnight in Lesotho. Dinner and breakfast included
Travel to Roma, site of the National University of Lesotho.
On route we will visit the Leribe Craft Centre. We will visit the Kome Caves where cave dwellings have been carved out under towering rocks. Families living there are descendants of the original people who built the caves and are still living the same as their forefathers did.
Visit the historical site of Thaba Bosiu from where King Moshoeshoe defended his capital and ensured the survival of the Basotho nation.
Overnight in Lesotho. Breakfast included.
Today is an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery or make use of some of the activities available: Enjoy the exhilarating experience of pony trekking for which Lesotho is well known. Rock Art and Dinosaurs footprints: Explore caves and overhangs for the unique art of the vanished Bushman. Some sites dating back 40 000 years.
Hiking is a truly idyllic way to explore the natural beauty of the mountains of Lesotho.
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Depart for Johannesburg/Pretoria.
Enjoy the truly amazing mountain scenery of the Eastern Free State.
At Ben Nevis, the ‘connoisseurs’ venue, we will have a wonderful opportunity to taste cherry alcoholic drinks and liquors, products of the farm. Lunch will be served in the beautiful garden. A short hike to bushmans paintings is also possible. Arrive Johannesburg/Pretoria in late afternoon.