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Senqu trek: Lesotho to Wild Coast

South Africa - Lesotho • 14 days on site

    Cathedral Rock - Wild Coast - tour in south africa

    Highlights!

  • 4 days trekking in Lesotho
  • 3 days hiking in the Wild Coast
  • 2 days walking in the Drakensberg
  • accomodationAccommodation in huts and B&B
  • walks9 walking days
  • tariffsFrom Euro 1190 per person (guided)

    Departure on request from 4 people

This hiking tour takes you far away the main routes to the most pristine and authentic places of the region, from the Drakensberg to the aptly-named Wild Coast on the Indian Ocean, the most fascinating and untouched coastline of South Africa. Without forgetting a 4 days trek in the remote mountains of the ‘’Kingdom in the Sky’’, Lesotho! This trip takes you to a wide range of stunning and very diverse landscapes, from mountains to white sandy beaches, across rolling hills and subtropical forests and through traditional villages.
Day by day...

Day 1: Johannesburg…

Your guide will meet you at the airport. We will spend most of the day visiting Soweto, which will surely surpise you (lunch in a local shebeen included). Diner at your own account.

Base BB
Plus lunch in Soweto

Day 2: Clarens...

Departure for the Drakensberg where we settle in the attractive countryside village of Clarens, which boast numerous, well preserved and maintained historical houses, has a quiet atmosphere with a good choice of quality restaurant and art galleries.

Base DBB

Day 3: Drakensberg - Royal Natal Park...

Today we do one of the most scenic walks of the Dtrakensberg, the climb to the top of the famous Amphitheatre, starting from Sentinel and via the ladders of the same name. The view from the top is simply breathtaking. We will also see the highest waterfall of Southern Africa: Tugela Falls, which drops 940m in three jumps (maybe dry at certain times of the year). About 6 hours walk return. We will be back in Clarens late afternoon. Dinner at the restaurant.

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Day 4: Lesotho…

Today we set off for the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho. In the afternoon, you can do an optional 3 hours walk to view some bushman paintings. Overnight in huts in Malealea lodge.

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Days 5-6: Lesotho…

Lesotho is a hiker’s paradise. Accompanied by our Basotho guides and with our equipment and food carried by packhorses, we sart our 3 days trek. We walk 7 to 8 hours per day (600-1000m positive climb). We overnight in tiny traditional villages of stone huts shared by the group and sleep on ground mattresses.

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Day 7: Lesotho…

6 hours walk to return to the base lodge where we spend our last night.

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Day 8: South Drakensberg - Mac Lear…

After breakfast, we return to South Africa and drive south to reach the small village of Mac Lear. Overnight in a private farm.

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Day 9: South Drakensberg - Mac Lear…

The sector shelters one of the biggest densities of Bushman rock paintings of the country (these sites were the object of several publications in National Geographic). Full day walk which will take us to these relics of the past! Overnight at the same place.

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Day 10: Wild Coast…

Today, we continue further southeast. Our route takes us in the heart of the unique and authentic Wild Coast. En route, we stop to view one of the least known despite being one of the most beautiful waterfall of the country! Pique-nique on site.

 

Late afternoon we reach the traditional village where we spend the next 2 nights in someone’s home, on mattresses on the floor. Meals are prepared by the mama.

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Day 11: Wild Coast…

Full day walk which takes us through magnificent sceneries: Cathedral Rock (a cathedral shaped rocky formations), Waterfall Bluff, one the few in the world that tumbles straight into the sea, and much more!

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Day 12: Wild Coast…

Full day walk along the Wild Coast. From rolling hills, via white sandy beaches, subtropical forests, and mangrove estuaries, we walk southward surrounded by amazing scenery! In the afternoon, we arrive at our camp built on an exclusive spot meters away from the beach and the river.

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Day 13: Wild Coast…

A day of relaxation to take advantage of this idyllic place by enjoying the beach and the white sand with possibilities of swimming in the ocean or in the river and exploring in canoes the estuary and its mangrove forests.

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Day 14: Wild Coast - Durban…

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Wild Coast and take the road to Durban. Drop off at Durban airport (or possibility of being transferred to Johannesburg). End of the journey!

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Practical info...

Trip starts: Johannesburg airport.
Trip ends: Durban airport.

Groups...

4 min - 10 max.
Age min: 12 years old.

Accommodation...

All nights spent in huts and B&Bs. Overnight in local villages during the trek in Lesotho and on the Wild Coast.

Transport...

In 4x4.

Meals...

All meals are cooked by the team. In town, meals are taken in restaurants.

Comfort...

Comfort is correct. In Lesotho and Wild Coast comfort is very basic with no shower in the villages.

Difficulty...

This trip requires a good level of fitness. There is no portage during the walks but the covered distances can be quite long and there are few steep climbs too.


Conditions...

What is included...

Transfers, activities, meals as indicted, accommodation, equipment (except sleeping bags), tour guide.

What is not included...

International flights, drinks and excluded meals, souvenirs and gratuities.

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