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After sending the motorbikes ahead of us to Bloemfontein by truck, we flew
into the city a few days later to meet them. From there we made our way
through the Drakensberg and into Lesotho via the Sani Pass. With August
being the end of winter, we contended with freezing nights but lucked out
with blue skies daily. Our route took us across the width of the country
along winding mountain roads to Semonkong before making the journey back to
Cape Town. 

With Tom McKay and Zoë Wakefield

 

A windy lunch stop in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Camping in the Drakensberg

Crossing the Woodstock Dam

The foot hils of the Sani Pass, our passage into Lesotho

Taking in a last view of South Africa before crossing the border

Reaching the top at sundown before making camp on the cliff edge of the
pass

Braving the morning frost to get the first round of coffee in

Sunrise over the Pass

Chinese local investment provided freshly laid, yet deserted roads.

Traditional round 'Mokhoro' huts built into the hillside

Cherry blossom, aloe plants and sunburnt hills

On the road to the border, we stumbled upon a Bosotho horse race taking
place in a small village. Racing ponies are trained to 'tripple', a gait
between a trot and a canter.

The Swartberg Pass

Route Map

Part II to follow - Semonkong

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