THE DONKEY TRAIN TRAIL

Bobby & Tina are your hosts and are offering a horseback adventure of a lifetime into 'The Mountain Kingdom' of Lesotho

"This horseback adventure should be on your bucket list, it's a ride you will never forget."

 

*We can create tailor made packages to suit you upon request*

Trip Length

Seven nights, although tailored packages are available

Features

- Riding ability: novice. Intermediate  - Experienced

- Minimum age 18

- Ride time per day: Up to 6h per day

- Group size: Maximum 10 + guides

- Weight limit: 14st/195 pounds/90kgs

Airport

Durban International airport

What's Included

- Transfers from Durban airport

- Accommodation

- All meals (except for pub lunch on day 1)

- A well mannered mountain horse

- Champagne on arrival

- A support vehicle transporting your luggage

- A first-aid trained guide

What Isn't Included

- Travel insurance (MANDATORY)
- Riding helmets (MANDATORY)

All Inclusive Price of £1,495

Itinerary

On arrival at Durban international airport you will be collected by us and transported to the scenic town of Underberg which is situated in the midst of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains where you will spend your first night.  A traditional South African braai (barbeque) and champagne will be served. Your hosts will brief you about your upcoming Lesotho trip and give you some knowledge of the area and what to expect on the trip.

Our Donkey Train Trail is a unique experience. Accommodation is rustic but very comfortable. If you love horses, adventure and want to experience true Lesotho culture this ride is a must. We create jobs for the local Basothos who are warm friendly folk and a very proud nation.

This trail is a true rural Lesotho experience and a horseback adventure you will never forget, riding into the most rural parts of Lesotho that are inaccessible by a vehicle.

The horse you will ride is a Basotho pony which is very sure footed, bombproof, strong and used to the mountain terrain. We will allocate a horse suited to your riding ability. This ride will take approx 5 hours to a local village in the Manamaneng area where we will stay overnight with a Basotho family in their homestay. The village cultivates and sells marijuana (dagga) as their main source of income. The food you will eat in this village is organically grown and harvested daily. Lamb and chicken are in abundance here and goat meat can be tried for those that are feeling adventurous. Vegetarians and vegans can also be catered for with prior notice.

Our base of Operations is Sani Stone Lodge. The lodge is situated 5km’s from the top of Sani Pass. This lodge is owned by Basothos and the accommodation is rustic but comfortable. You will stay in traditional Lesotho rondavels. The dining room is casual with a well-stocked bar.

 

Day 1

After a hearty breakfast our adventure begins by travelling the scenic road of the Sani Pass up into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. This is a transfrontier road which traverses the Drakensberg mountain range and gives access into Lesotho. We wind our way up Sani Pass to 2876m above sea level, crossing two border posts. We will stop at passes along the way for photographs and to take in the beautiful surroundings. At the top of the pass we reach the highest pub in Africa where we will have a pub lunch, this is an experience in itself. After lunch we drive on to Sani Stone Lodge where we will explore the area and spend our first night. Dinner will be served at 18:00 in the dining room.

 

Day 2

After a light breakfast at 07:00 we will groom and saddle up the horses. We leave Sani Stone Lodge promptly at 08:00 when we begin the most amazing ride to Manamaneng. This is an area deep in rural Lesotho where time seems to have stood still. Along the route you will encounter breath taking scenery and herd boys tending to their animals. This is approx a 6 hour ride which includes a 1 hour picnic lunch by the Sani  river. As we near the village you will see the fields of marijuana being grown. Cultivation and selling of the marijuana is the main source of income for these villages. On arrival at the village we will be served refreshments followed by the cultural activities that have been arranged for us. We will see traditional Basotho dancing, have a demonstration of the wheat harvested from the lands, ground and prepared ready to make bread and porridge and learn about the planting, germinating, harvesting, drying and grading of the dagga.

Late afternoon we will saddle up the horses and assist the herd boys driving the cattle, sheep and goats back to the village for the night. A traditional Basotho dinner will be served. We will sleep in a rondavel on a comfortable mattress with clean warm blankets as the Basotho folk do.

 

Day 3

After a light breakfast we will groom and saddle up the horses and leave Manamaneng at 09:00 for the return ride to Sani Stone Lodge via a different route. If you were blown away by the scenery on the route to the village then hold onto your saddle for the return trip. It is absolutely breath taking. On our arrival at Sani Stone Lodge we will be served refreshments.  Dinner will be served at 18:00.

 

Day 4

Today is a rest day for riders and horses. We will take those that wish by vehicle to see local places of interest.

 

Day 5

Breakfast followed by a beautiful day ride to Masobasoba Mountain (meaning holes)  We will have a picnic lunch of 1 hour on arrival. After exploring the beauty of the area we will ride back to Sani Stone Lodge. Dinner will be served at 18:00.

 

Day 6 

After breakfast today we will ride to Thabana Ntlenyana (meaning beautiful little mountain) which is the highest peak in Southern Africa at 3482 meters (11424 feet). On arrival we will have a picnic lunch of 1 hour and then explore the area. The return ride to Sani Stone Lodge is another breath taking ride. Dinner will be served at 18:00.

 

Day 7

After a hearty breakfast you will be transported back down Sani Pass and taken back to Durban International Airport or to a place of your choice as discussed and agreed upon by yourself and the Operators.