Day 2:Maletsunyane Falls,Semonkong
Depart after breakfast and proceed along winding, ascending the Blue Mountain Pass to 2.620m, named after the 2.900m high Thaba Putswa (Blue Mountain), which dominates the range in the north. On tar road we drive past mountains of white sandstone to Roma.The place boasts the spectacular Maletsunyane Falls which thunder from a height of 197m. We descend the pass to a view point at 1.860m to look down to the awesome valley. An exciting journey high over the summit of the Thaba Putswa Range via Makheka’s Pass and across the basalt moorland roof of Southern Africa to Semonkong, “the Place of Smoke”. View stop at 2.260m before we reach the summit of the Makheka’s Pass with 2.860m. Panoramic views to the valley with farmlands. Basotho ponies will be on standby for those who would prefer to pony trek to Maletsunyane falls along the rugged terrain. The clients will have a chance to hike to the bottom of the waterfall where swimming and Trout fishing can be enjoyed?
Lunch at Semonkong Lodge. After lunch we proceed to view the Maletsunyana Falls-called the Place of Smoke. Dinner at the lodge and Overnight.
Day 3:Lesotho Cultural Village
After a good breakfast at the lodge travel via Moitsupeli, turning left towards Koro-Koro. A scenic drive through bushy landscape, small forests and farmland dotted with picturesque villages. Along the road dense bushes and shrubs used by locals for medical purposes, picturesque mountain landscapes and rural settlements. At the roadside basalt stone with hardened bubbles. Packed lunch provided for. Entering very rural part of Lesotho and a lot of interacting with the local population takes place.
Our destination houses a popular Pony Trekking Center and is situated in secluded woodland surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 4:Morija Museum
Depart Lodge after breakfast , for Maseru airport. The tour will finish off by visiting Morija, named after the biblical Mt. Moriah. Morija has maintained the magic that first attracted the missionaries. It is the only forested village in Lesotho, with every road lined with trees, some of which dating back more than a century.
Hidden between the trees is the historic ‘mother church’, as well as the schools, the printing works, the hospital, the museum and other institutions established by the missionaries.
Morija Museum Basotho warriors fighting –Shaka’s Impis
Morija Museum & Archives Overview
Established in 1956, Morija Museum & Archives collects valuable archival material and museum collections. The museum also works on a range of arts & culture projects, plus, heritage and community-based tourism initiatives.
At the heart of Morija Museum &Archives (MMA) are its valuable archival and museum collections, which have been growing incrementally since the 19th century.
These collections form the basis for research and publishing, as well as exhibitions and educational programmes for schools, visitors and tourists. Morija Museum was formally established in 1956 based upon the Dieterlen family ethnographic and historical collections together with palaeotological and geological collections from the Ellenbergers. These two collections provided the main pillars of the present-day Museum collections which have been growing incrementally over the past 50 years. In 2005, for example, a collection of more modern material culture including hundreds of beaded items was bequeathed to the museum by Chris Van Nispen.
Other MMA(NGOs) initiatives have made a great impact in the arts and culture, the most notable being Maeder House Art Gallery, the embryonic Morija Arts Centre, the annual Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, and the nation-wide School Cultural Competitions.
The Museum has helped to develop and encourage a wider range of tourism services and products in the greater Morija area, including the Museum Tea Room, Picnic Area and Amphitheatre for larger events; tours of historic Morija and dinosaur footprints, walking trails, bird-watching and pony-trekking; as well as guest houses, conference centre, home-stays, village experiences, cultural activities, catering services, and art/craft production.
A non-profit cultural & educational institution belonging to Lesotho Evangelical Church, Morija Museum & Archives is dedicated to developing programmes and activities related to history, heritage and community-based tourism, the arts and culture, as well as science and the environment. Arrival at Maseru airport!
THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND-2 Nights/3 Days
Day 5:Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Arriving in Swaziland, you are met by our representative at the airport, who will transfer you to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Swaziland’s history is surprisingly long and fascinating for such a small nation. Artifacts up to 200 000years old and ancient rock paintings from approximately 25 000 BC have been found in the country.Swaziland’s first documented inhabitants, Khoisan hunter-gatherers, were eventually displaced by Bantu tribes who migrated from eastern Africa’s Great Lakes area during the 15th and 16th Centuries.
In more contemporary times, when the then ruling monarch, King Mswati 11 died in 1982, the Great Council of State selected a young 14-year-old prince to be the next king.
He continued his education in England attending Sherbourne School before he was called back to the throne and crowned on 25 April 1986 aged 18 and 6 days! The king and his mother, whose title is Ndlovukati (“Great She-Elephant”), rule jointly.
Overnight: Forresters Inn
Day 6:Umphakatsi Cultural Village,Ezulwini Valley,Mbabane Capital City,Mantenga Cultural Village
we visit Umphakatsi Cultural village – this is the local chief’s village where we explore authentic Swazi Culture with great photo opportunities
We then proceed to the Ezulwini Valley and the capital city, Mbabane.
Enjoy an outside on a wildlife safari on horseback amongst the animals!
We then depart for the cultural village in Mantenga followed by a trip into the Ezulwini Valley to view Swazi Art &Craft.
There is traditional Swazi dancing on selected evenings.
Overnight : Forresters Inn
Day 7:Mlilwane Nature Reserve
After breakfast, another outride on horseback to view the animal life of Mlilwane.
Transfer to Manzini airport