Take the road less travelled: Joburg to the coast via Maseru and Transform a standard domestic trip into an exciting multinational journey
Travelers making the journey from Gauteng to the Eastern and Western Cape Coasts could choose to transform what can be a tedious trip into an international cultural experience by choosing to overnight en route in Maseru, Lesotho, which is just inside that country’s border with South Africa.
Little-known landlocked Lesotho is a surprising collection of extremes, with gems to offer visitors of every persuasion – whether you’re a hiker or a horse rider, a fashionista or part of the 4×4 set. These all make it a great idea to extend your visit to Maseru beyond the conventional overnight stay, adding all its potential to adventure to your holiday itinerary.
AVANI Maseru, which has just undergone a significant refurbishment, has some great ideas for you to include in your adventure through the Mountain Kingdom.
• Global fashion labels like Louis Vuitton are taking inspiration from local Basotho blankets, which depict the country’s rich cultural heritage through different colours and patterns. Buy your own locally-inspired blanket as a warming keepsake of your travels or support local designers that have used traditional patterns in modern ways.
• If you thought the Niagara Falls was big, you need to visit Maletsunyane Falls outside Maseru, which is nearly four times the height of its American counterpart. While its waters flow more gently and gracefully than more famous falls, this water spectacle is the perfect setting for a picnic or even a proposal.
• Extend your outing to the Falls and step it up a notch or few by sailing down the world’s longest commercially operated single-drop abseil, operated by Semonkong Lodge. With the waterfall at your back and Mother Nature all around you, this is certainly not an outing for the faint-hearted!
• There are great mountain biking routes around Maseru, and the country’s spectacular mountain landscapes make for the perfect mix of physical challenge and natural beauty.
• Make great food part of your adventure: Mohokhare, the restaurant in AVANI Maseru, offers a buffet feast of African delights and international favourites, as well as a wide range of vegetarian options. For outside dining, guests can also take a short drive to Piri Piri which is known for its Portuguese flavours.
• Stay over in a comfortable hotel, complete with swimming pool, friendly staff, entertainment options and spacious accommodation: AVANI Maseru Hotel and AVANI Lesotho Hotel & Casino both have a range of special deals and added benefits to suit overnight visitors or longer-stay guests too.
South Africans planning to spend less than three weeks in Lesotho don’t need a visa, although a passport is required, as well as some easily-sourced documentation for your vehicle.