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Offline Big Chief

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Lesotho info needed
« on: October 28, 2015, 05:16:47 pm »
Hi WD

I will be traveling through Lesotho in a couple weeks time, and I was wondering if any of you guys can give me some advice on how the roads look.
We will start from Underberg in KZN over Sani Pass  to Molumang then left to Mohlanpeng then right to Thaba- Tseke, Bokong and then sleep the night at Katse Lodge.

My question is, how is the roads and how long will this take us +/-

The next day we will leave Katse lodge to Hlotse turn right to Butha-Buthe, left again trought the Caledonspoort border post off to Fouriesburg. Again how does the rd look and +/- how long will this take us.

Your help will be much appreciated.

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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 06:16:08 pm »
Hi WD

I will be traveling through Lesotho in a couple weeks time, and I was wondering if any of you guys can give me some advice on how the roads look.
We will start from Underberg in KZN over Sani Pass  to Molumang then left to Mohlanpeng then right to Thaba- Tseke, Bokong and then sleep the night at Katse Lodge.

My question is, how is the roads and how long will this take us +/-

The next day we will leave Katse lodge to Hlotse turn right to Butha-Buthe, left again trought the Caledonspoort border post off to Fouriesburg. Again how does the rd look and +/- how long will this take us.

Your help will be much appreciated.

Cheers
Pepe

Hi, Road conditions can change is a blink after a big rain, but generally this route you have is pretty good.
From Sani top you have a magnificent smooth highway 'till Black Mountain Pass, then some roadworks mixed with smooth highway 'til you get to your split - left to Thaba Tseka.
The road to Thaba Tseka is the usual twisty, up and down Lesotho magic, but not fast. Thaba Tseka to Katse is a little wider and therefore a little faster.
Even with the new tar from Sani Top I'd say you should still allow yourself a full day to get from Himeville to Katse. It is so beautiful that you really do not want to rush it! Get to the SA border (Sani bottom) at 06h30. This allows you to miss (almost) all of the early morning taxis coming down the pass alowing you a clear run to the top - don't forget, stop and admire the scenery!

Katse to Fouriesburg is all tar (unless you go clockwise around the dam) so this section should not take you more than the morning. Watch out for some potholes that have been developing since the dam builder's road maintenance team has moved on, leaving it up to Lesotho roads to fix! Also, expect the odd rock in the corners to keep you alert  :o

You could also continue past Buthe Buthe for 13.7km and take the dirt road to the left. This is a terrific, mostly tweespoor, road along the Caledon river, eventually exiting Lesotho through Monantsa Border (no border control on the Lesotho side). From here you can nip through the Golden Gate National Park, across the Free State and home (sorry, I'm presuming home is Gauteng?)

Click on my link to my Ride Reports below in my signature and go to "Solo Around a Big Chunk of SA (Oct 2014)" In there somewhere at the end of my report are my Mapsource tracks - find the Lesotho bit and the way through Golden Gate and the Free State.

Enjoy  :thumleft:

Edit: Sorry, just seen that you're from Western Cape! Anyway, try do that Monantsa route, really is worth it!
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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 08:25:56 pm »
Big Chief, when you going?

We'll be there mid November, not on your route but will be crossing it somewhere.

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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2015, 08:36:28 am »
Hi Wayne

Thanks very much for the info, it will help us alot. The 2 spoor track you talking about, is that the one that follow all along the border? At the moment my friend that ride with me, has a bit of a time restriction as he still have to ride back to Durban that same day, I will only have to reach Bloemfontein.

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We should be there if all goes well the day of the 27/28 Nov in Lesotho.

Our hole trip will be as follow.

Depart Durban the morning of the 23rd Nov to St Lucia
Day 2 - St Lucia to swaziland (Hlane National Park)
Day 3 - Hlane National Park, out by the Bulembu Border control and then down to Underberg. We will ride until we tied for the day.
Day 4 - From where ever we are to Underberg.
Day 5 - Up Sani into Lesotho to katse lodge
Day 6 - Katse lodge to Fouriesberg. This is where me and my mate say good bay and he will be back to Durban and me will turn towards the Cape. I will sleep that night in Bloem by my parens
Day 7, 8 and maybe 9 - Bloem to the Karoo via Kimberley, just after Kimberley I will start hitting all the back gravel roads. I will plan my day as i go, and sleep when i get tied. I am planning to go via Prieska, Vosburg, Carnarvon, Loxton, Fraserburg, Sutherland, into the Tankwa, Ceres and back home to Brackenfell.

This is just a ruff plan route, it all depends on how our days goes.
Anybody is welcome to join up with us and follow us if they like.
Especially my last 3 days where I will be riding by myself, it will be good to have some company for incase anything happens.

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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2015, 09:10:29 am »
We'll be in Lesotho the week before, so our paths won't be crossing ..............

for interest's sake here's our little route - all off-road

JHB to Van Reenens - 2 sleeps there with an outride in between
Van Reenens to Himeville - a long ride , this one - the boys are gonna have to peddle
Himeville to Ramabanta - Via Ongeluksnek
Ramabanta to Oxbow - Via some off-piste shit and Katse
Oxbow to Bethlehem - via Old Mill
Home the next day ..............

Then back to work, earn some more - and plan the next one  :thumleft:

BTW, riding with buddies is great but riding solo is just as good and doing it at the end of your trip is gonna be bliss - do it alone, you won't regret it  :thumleft:
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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2015, 12:13:49 pm »
Hi Wayne

Thanks very much for the info, it will help us alot. The 2 spoor track you talking about, is that the one that follow all along the border? At the moment my friend that ride with me, has a bit of a time restriction as he still have to ride back to Durban that same day, I will only have to reach Bloemfontein.


Cheers
Pepe


Yes that's the one. Nice twisty gravel / twee spoor in places that mostly follows the Caledon river and exists at Monantsa border control - down the road is the sprawling settlement of Putadjithaba (but my route cuts that mess out as I nip through the Golden Gate Park to the R712.
Katse to Durban that way will be a long day, but doable.

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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2015, 12:30:00 pm »
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I agree solo is the best, I done one in Feb Cape Town to Pretoria and Back with Back Karoo rd, and I enjoy it ver much, but like everybody keeps telling me, "what if :o" then what you gonna do :-\, anycase, so what, life is life, if you do not take changes then life is booring :thumleft:

Wayne

Thanks again, and yes katse to Durban, eish I am glad it is not me ;D
 

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Re: Lesotho info needed
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2015, 02:42:51 pm »
In case ..... hope your planning is on track. Should you run into an unexpected delay, or problem, you're welcome to stay at Molumong, about 8 km along the road to Thaba Tseka, from the Sani Pass-Mokhotlong road turn-off. Hope it helps. 
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