Lesotho Trips from Durban
By Viator, August 2010
Many travelers begin their trip in sunny, seaside Durban, South Africa, some 600 kilometers (372 miles) from Lesotho's capital, Maseru. While it’s certainly possible to travel through the poor but quite safe kingdom on your own, Lesotho's rugged terrain and lack of infrastructure make this a time-consuming proposition. If you're in a hurry, consider making the spectacular ascent into the deep blue sky as a 13-hour day trip from Durban, rated by David Whitley as one of the region's best.
Climb to the kingdom through steep and spectacular Sani Pass, threaded with an unpaved, 4WD-only road of stunning views and hairpin switchbacks. Head to a traditional Lesotho village, where you'll enjoy learning about traditional Basotho culture. Other destinations include waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and Sani Top Chalet, "the highest pub in Africa."
If you've got a few days to explore Lesotho on your own (really worth it for hikers), you'll find natural treasures such as Semonkong Falls, which drops some 200 meters (656 feet) from the cliffs; and man-made wonders including the massive Mohale Dam Project; Lesotho is southern Africa's most important watershed.
If you particularly enjoyed your introduction to Basotho culture on the Mountain Splendor tour, you may also appreciate a visit to the Shakaland-Zulu Cultural Center, also easily accessible from Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.