Horse Trails in Lesotho
In conjunction with Khotso Horse Trails Lesotho Adventures offers two main horse trails into (and out again) Lesotho. Strong mention must be made of the unpredictability of the Mountain weather in this high altitude destination.
A description of the Three day Tour:
To start, it’s important to know that on this trip we go up an age old donkey trail, as opposed to the popular and therefore busy and touristy Sani Pass. We will ride for hours without seeing another person and be surrounded by nothing but mountains, valleys and planes throughout. No motorised vehicles are allowed up this pass. The villages are genuine, where few if any have electricity and the people are some of the friendliest I know. We regularly take people who have no horse riding experience what so ever, and, I have noticed, it is usually those who seem to enjoy it the most. We are out for around 5 hours a day, but this includes stops, breaks and lunch. While riding experience is not necessary, a willingness to get into the wild and an acceptance of basic facilities (no electricity, temperamental supplies of running water) in essential to your enjoyment.
DAY I - starts at the farm with a full cooked breakfast, sometime between 7 and 8 am. We then transport the horses and the guests to Bushman’s Nek Pass where we saddle up and hop on the horses. We ride across the border and start the trail. After a nice easy start through the valley we come to the pass up the mountain. We go 1000 m up the pass and reach the top, where we have lunch. At this stage you have entered Lesotho. We continue the ride past amazing rock formations and stay at the Park lodge. This relatively plush, though still basic, lodge was formerly owned by Lesotho’s prime minister and is very comfortable with amazing views from the lounge’s huge windows.
DAY II – We have a nice easy start with a full breakfast and continue on into Sehlabatebe village. We ride down to the clear blue river and follow her into the gorge. There are lots of opportunities to see Bushman’s paintings and beautiful views. Out of the gorge, we go up to the top of the mountain to the secret lake, with a variety of rare birds, such as the crested crane. That night we stay in Ha Semanyane village, where you’ll have the chance to check out the local shop, try some of the local home brew beer and generally check out village life.
– Having sampled the amazing Lesotho bread for breakfast, we head out, returning a largely different route from the way up. We go through the valley of the wild horses (yes, where there are wild horses) and stop at the Tsoelikane waterfalls. Offering further opportunities for exhilarating gallops, the day ends around 4pm back at the farm, where a hot shower and a home cooked meal await you.
Light rain gear
Good hiking shoes/boots
Warm clothes in winter time (gloves, hats, thermals)
Everything you will take will have to fit in a saddle bag, as well as food for dinner etc. Hence, packing light is essential.
NB: we stay in lodges so all bedding is provided.
This includes: all your meals and accommodation from breakfast on DAY I, until dinner at the farm on the final day, but not accommodation at the farm the night before or after the trip.