African Overland Trip 2011

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The Kingdom in the Sky

Posted by Jenni on August 28, 2011 at 2:00 AM

The Drakenberg mountains are absolutely stunning and well worth a visit if you should ever be in South Africa. With very little time left we had to decide between the Northern, Central or Southern regions and with the Kingdom lying in the Southern (and actually the closest) how could we not go there!

 

For our last Smurf advernture we travelled to yet another country, where no 2wd car can go...quite literally - the authorities just wouldn't allow it (although i think that's more of a challenge myself!). We drove up the beautiful Sani Pass, climbing some 1000m up the escarpment, the only southern route into the Kingdom of Lesotho, 'The Kingdom in the Sky'. The mule track was beautifully stunning, if not a little rocky, muddy, extremely bendy and demanding, whilst being covered in a foot of snow which had fallen a few days previously,it really was a great last challenge.

 

Many a 4wd has been known not to make it up, and the faces of those at the border post when they saw we have brought our own car were in shock! Not many make it so we're told, but the mighty Smurf knows no bounds. It saw the sign asking cars to give way to those ascending, (proudly sponsored by Land Rover), and laugh all the way to the top! And yes, passing a Range Rover which had broken down and had placed a blanket over its bonnet to keep itself warm - Land Rover must have a lot of calls from that region!

 

At the top of the escarpment is not only the Lesotho border post (another passport stamp - woo hoo), but they've also built the 'Highest Pub in Africa' - a must, and to which we stopped at. Their views were amazing, not only looking back across the valley from where we'd come, but also across the cold snow capped Kingdom which lay in front of us.  A beautifully stunning and adventurous day and well worth it before we finally get to the end of the road in Durban.

 

 

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