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1. General information for adventure biking in Lesotho. - See Below

2.   Lesotho Accommodation - Reply #1    page 1
3.   Fuel Locations - Reply # 2   page 1
4.   Himeville to Katse 5 options  - Reply # 3  page 1
5.   Ficksburg 2 day trip - Reply # 4  page 1
6.   Lesotho 3 day Highlights trip (Sanipass,  Katse,  Matebengpass,  Waterfall, Ongeluksnek pass) - Reply # 5  page 1
7.   Lesotho-Eastern Cape trip 4 day trip (Landene's nek,  War trail,  Tiffendell,  Ramatselitso pass,  Matebeng pass, Ongeluks nek pass) - Reply        #9  page 1
8.   Ladybrand to Semonkong waterfall 1 day trip (Great gravel and tar to visit the Maletsunyane waterfall)- Reply #10  page 1
9.   Lesotho and Eastern Cape 8 day trip.  Reply #29  page 2
10. Lesotho 6 day trip.  Reply #30  page 2
11. Lesotho 7 day trip that start and finish at Mountain Shadows hotel.  Reply #31 page 2
12. Lesotho technical 3 day trip starting at Peka bridge and ending at Maseru.  Reply #34 page 2
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                                              General info regarding adventure biking in Lesotho.

1. Respect the Basutho, it is their country and we are only visitors. Extremely IMPORTANT: never ride in a plowed or planted field. The crops are their food.

2. In the last 10 years of traveling to Lesotho and using all their border posts I have never been asked for my bike's registration papers (but I guess there is always a first), you will however need your passport, drivers license, license disc and number plate.

3. There are seldom roadblocks but they are usually found on these roads:
A4 tar road between Mount Moorosi and Mafeteng.
A2 between Mafeteng and Maseru.
A1 between Maseru and Butha Buthe.
A3 between Maseru and Roma.

There is usually a temporary "Stop" sign, make sure you stop dead at this "Stop" sign and while stopped look at the police man and wait for him to indicate to you to came closer to him before you set off from the "Stop" sign. Be polite, they usually check your drivers license and ask you where you are headed. If for some reason you need to pay a fine it is payable right there at the police man. It is a good idea not to keep all your money in one wallet/pocket. Only take out the amount you are fined for. The amount is usually negotiable.

4. Be careful of taxis, they stop for no reason in the middle of the street right in front of you or take blind corners on the wrong side of the road. Be constantly on the lookout for horses, donkeys. sheep etc, they are frightened by your bike's noise and run over the road right in front of you.

5. You can use South African Rand in Lesotho but getting the correct change when you buy something can be difficult sometimes. I always take R200 or R300 worth of R10 and R20 notes with me, it makes life much easier.

6. Don't give sweets and / or money to the begging children.

7. The throwing of pebbles and small rocks by children towards us bikers is unfortunately a reality but there has been an initiative by the government to educate them not to do it anymore and it seems to be successful.  I have learned an easy and successful solution to stop them doing it, whenever I see a child kneel down to pic up a pebble I point my finger at him and keep it pointed while driving past him. The other "trick" is just to be friendly and wave in general to them.

8. It takes much longer to cover the same amount of distance in Lesotho than compared to South Africa because of the thousands of twists and turns. I have learned that the earlier in the morning one can start your day the easier it is. We usually try to be on the road at sunrise or alternatively immediately after an early breakfast.

9. Lesotho is on average high up in the mountains. It can get extremely cold in the evenings so make sure to take warm clothes.

10. The rainy season is from middle October to end March.  Make sure to check the weather forecast and don't go if widespread rain or a cold front is forecast.  Most gravel roads are almost impossible when muddy.  The best time of the year to go is middle March to May and end August to end November. When going in the summer months make sure to check the weather forecast. Taking a rain jacket and pants is a must in the Summer.
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Re: Lesotho accommodation info
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 11:59:40 am »
List of the most popular accommodation in Lesotho for bikers.

You can find more here:    http://www.lesotho-info.co.za/country/accommodation

Sani Mountain Lodge
 073 541 8620         078 634 7496               www.sanimountain.co.za

Sani Stone Lodge
+266 28924000 · CELL: +266 56310331   sanistonelodge@gmail.com    www.sanistonelodge.co.za

 Semonkong lodge
+266 6202 1021                                           info@semonkonglodge.com

Semonkong Serumula Lodge
+266 506 44 740          +266 506 44740       knyokole@gmail.com

Katse dam lodge
 +266 22910202                                res.katselodge@lhda.org.ls      rec.katselodge@lhda.org.ls

Lejoine (Katse dam north) Motebong lodge
+266 597 44 567    +266 638 00322   reception@motebong.com      www.motebong.com

Mohale dam Lodge
+266 2293 6134                                      masiap@lhda.org.ls

Polihali lodge
083 254 3323     albertsderek59@gmail.com

Maliba Lodge
 +266 636 16152   031 702 8791       reservations@maliba-lodge.com   www.maliba-lodge.com

Afriski
071 542 2185      058 256 1729               heather@afriski.net
+266 595 44734    +266 571 24302         reception@afriski.net

Oxbow lodge
051 933 2247    oxbowski@KINGsley.co.za    www.oxbow.co.za

Sehelabathebe National Park
+266 589 74866                                     monasemela@gmail.com       lebamang.mabari@gmail.com

Sehelabathebe Khotso Lodge Lesotho   (there is one in Natal as well)
082 412 5540    033 7011502               info@khotso.co.za      www.khotso.co.za

Ramabanta Maluti Stay lodge
+266 508 95429                                    malutistay@gmail.com

Ramabanta Tradingpost lodge
+266 22312238     +26622340202       tradingpostram@Leo.co.za

Roma Trading post lodge
+266 5024 5001     076 683 4555      roma@tradingpostlodge.com       www.tradingpostlodge.com

Malealea lodge
082 5524 215   +266 5840 7816        info@malealealodge.com          www.malealea.com

Molengoane lodge
+266 2250 1638     +266 58850891   molengoanel@gmail.com

Mmelesi Lodge
+266 52501115     +266 525 00006  mmelesilodge@ilesotho.com

Thaba Bosiu Cultural village
+266 6286 1361                                thababosiuculvil@gmail.com

Qachas nek New central hotel
+266 22950 488     info@newcentralhotel.co.ls     www.newcentralhotel.co.ls

Thaba Theka Buffalo lodge
+266 2700 7339   info.buffalo@Leo.co.ls    sententabe@Leo.co.ls      www.buffalohotellesotho.net

Thaba Theka Motherland lodge
+266 2890 0404       motherlandguesthouse@gmail.com    www.motherlandguesthouse.co.ls

Mount Moorosi chalets
+266 53871252       sekotlot62@gmail.com

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Lesotho fuel locations
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:01 pm »
Lesotho fuel locations

Some of them are proper fuel stations but most of them are just a small zink building where you buy fuel out of 5 liter plastic cans.
Fuel can usually also be found at taxi ranks or just ask any taxi and they will direct you.
Fuel is never guaranteed at any of these locations so the general rule is to fill up whenever you can get fuel

The gpx file is attached for download below the picture.
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Lesotho: Himeville to Katse 5 options
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 04:23:16 pm »
There are 5 options from Himeville to Katse

Purple line:   Himeville, Sani, Mokhotlong, Kao-mine road, Lejoine, Katse    258km

Blue line:      Himeville, Sani, Mokhotlong, Village chief North new road, Katse  194km

Yellow line:   Himeville, Sani, Mokhotlong, Village chief North  road, Katse   207km  (the 10km before Seshote can be technical) Here is a video by Kevin Liddell: 
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Green line     Himeville, Sani, Mokhotlong, Village chief  road, Katse   235km

Red line        Himeville, Sani, Mokhotlong, Thaba Theka, Katse    242km

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Lesotho: Ficksburg 2 day trip
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 04:46:57 pm »
This is a 2 day trip that start and stop at Ficksburg every day.
It has a few slightly technical sections and river crossings.

Day 1.   Purple line,  enter at peka bridge, ride the loop and exit again at Peka bridge. 184km (this can only be done in winter, need low water levels). Here is a video of the southern part of the purple line:
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Day 2a.   Blue line,   enter at Peka bridge, refuel at Pitseng. 118
Day 2b.   Red line,    return via Peka bridge. 100km

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Lesotho: 3day Highlights trip
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 05:12:58 pm »
This is a great 3 day trip, it takes you thru the highlights Lesotho has to offer.

Day 1.  Go up Sani pass, via Mokhotlong then take the Kao-mine road and follow the awesome 2 spoor on the western side of the dam to Katse lodge

Day 2.  There is a technical option up via Katse airstrip to Thaba Theka for fuel. Go up northern side of Matebeng pass and then take the most scenic gravel road in Lesotho via Tsoelike bridge to Qacha for fuel. Tar to Semonkong lodge. Here is a video of Matebeng pass by Kevin Liddell:
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Day 3.  Visit the 183 meter high Maletsunyane waterfall.  From there via Ramabanta and Malealea gravel road with a number of river crossings and slightly technical and interesting sections to Aalwynskop for fuel.  Follow the river from Mount Moorosi and then down Ongeluks nek to Matatielle.   

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Lesotho-Eastern Cape 4-day trip
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2018, 08:53:17 pm »
This is a 4 day trip with lots of 2spoor and single spoor tracks and a few interesting slightly technical sections and a number of river crossings.
Ride report: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=220302.0

Day 1.  Enter Lesotho at Sepapus gate, follow 2 spoor and single spoor tracks and refuel at Telle bridge. Landene's nek pass and War trail pass up to Tiffendell.

Day 2. Ride Ben MacDhui  (highest pass in the country before breakfast). From there traverse to Tenahead for fuel, down Naude's nek pass, over Tele Tubby land and down a new and unknown pass, gravel all the way to Matatielle.

Day 3. Up Ramatselitso pass over Matebeng pass, take the new scenic road back over Tsoelike bridge and exit Lesotho at Qacha's nek, sleep in Matatielle

Day 4. Up Ongeluksnek pass and then follow the river to Mount Moorosi, new gravel road to Mohalieshoek and exit Lesotho at Wepener.   

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This is a 1 day trip, Ladybrand to Semonkong waterfall and back to Ladybrand.

Here is the ride report:  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=222253.0

Enter Lesotho at Maseru and ride to Roma where the fun starts.
The route has interesting 2 spoor and single track paths with a number of river crossings and slightly technical sections all the way to the waterfall and then even more interesting sections back to Maseru. 

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Can second the check weather forecasts

Do not think "it's summer ............ how bad can it be"  :imaposer:


A warm summer evening in South Africa can look like this in Lesotho:






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