Clarens & Lesotho Day Tours
Visiting Clarens? Let us show you around both locally and into Lesotho (passports required)
Day trip to the local Animal Sanctuary, can be adapted for half or full day visit. Depart Clarens and travel approx 55kms to visit the beautiful White Lion, Bengal Tigers, Black Leopard and the adorable Lion cubs just waiting to be cuddled. Refreshments are available. Ideal spot for those gorgeous photos!
Day trip to a stunning medieval style Castle perched high on the rocks, complete with period furniture, artwork and stunning 360 degree views over the Maluti Mountains and part of the Eastern Free State. The grounds of this Castle date back to the Anglo Boer War where the Peace Treaty was signed between the Boers and British forces. The two Oak Trees which were planted, one for each country, are still thriving in the garden today. Come and share this historical tour and savour a piece of South African history. We also make a stop at another historical site, where the Boers surrendered to the British forces and a small plaque marks the place where this happened. All of this and a stunning scenic drive along part of the Maluti Route have the makings of a perfect tour.
Golden Gate Tour
Come with us and visit the beautiful Golden Gate National Park. Stunning views abound! We take time to look for Game off the beaten track, enjoy a visit to the Basotho Village which offers the visitor a glimpse of the Basotho way of life. Sample their traditional beer and food whilst enjoying the company of the local people and listening to their own brand of music. Hear a little about the history of the rock formations; stand in awe of the huge overhangs which were formed by years of erosion. We have access to private roads within the Park and are able to show our guests areas of the Park they would normally not be able to see. This is a full day tour. Refreshments are available at the Golden Gate Hotel (optional) or if preferred, a picnic lunch may be brought along and enjoyed at one of the view points.
Shorter activities which we are able to arrange are: Quad rides in the mountains with local guide which is a historical ride, visiting the old Basotho battle fields and other historical sites. Shortest ride is 90minutes. Longer rides are available on request.
Book with us for White Water Rafting – depart 9am and cover approx 11 kms of water, returning approx 1pm. This activity is carried out on the Ash River, close to Clarens.
We are able to book our visitors to go abseiling with a local guide. Usually this activity is carried out during early afternoon so you have the morning free to browse the picturesque village. As with all outdoor activities, the above are all weather dependent. Should it be wet, we can still go rafting, however the quad rides may be suspended and also the abseiling, as it makes conditions dangerous. The above are activities with risk elements and safety is the main concern of the operators. They have the final word on suitable conditions.
Day Tours into Lesotho
Pony Trekking in Lesotho
We are able to offer the visitor a full day trip into Lesotho (passports please!) to go pony trekking on the beautiful Basotho Ponies which carry you high into the Maluti Mountains. Depart time for this tour 7am. A picnic breakfast may be arranged with your host. Arrive at the border gate 7.45am and enter Lesotho via the Fouriesburg border crossing at Caledonspoort. Travel in our Red Volksie Bus through the tiny villages in the Lesotho lowlands to arrive at the venue and meet your guide. Saddle up for a 3 hour trek, remember water, sunglasses, sunscreen and sunhat! When you arrive back at the venue, enjoy a 5 star, three course luncheon followed by time to relax on the deck before deciding how to spend your afternoon. Weather permitting, there are lovely rock pools to laze by, hiking trails for those feeling energetic and even an outdoor spa if you wish to be pampered after your ride. Alternatively we can arrange a walking visit to one of the local villages to meet the locals and peep inside the little homes. You may be able to try their local brew and taste their traditional food if time permits. We depart for the return trip approx 3.30pm to arrive back in Clarens around 5.45pm.
Day Trip to Katse Dam
Full day tour departing at 6am. Enjoy stunning scenery once we reach the mountains of Lesotho. Enjoy a breath taking scenic drive over three mountain passes, stopping en route to enjoy the views. Glimpses of the Dam will be seen as we progress along the mountain passes, reaching an altitude of 3090 metres in places. Should you book this tour, please note it is not really suitable for young children due to its long duration – also if you book the tour on a Sat/Sun we can offer you the additional tour of the inside of the dam wall. This is a guided tour arranged via the Highlands Water Project team and only available to us on week-ends. It is very informative and interesting. It helps the visitor realise the magnitude of the project and truly appreciate the engineering that was carried out to build the dam. The water from the Katse Dam enters South Africa in Clarens via a network of tunnels and feeds the Vaal Dam. Lunch is available at Katse Lodge (optional) before descending the mountains on the homeward trip. Photo stops on the way home will be made as we make our way down the passes. Arrival time in Clarens depends on weather conditions, approx 6-30/7pm
Join us on a tour of the historical Liphofung Cave, situated in Northern Lesotho (passports please!). We can adapt this to be a full day or a half day visit depending on guest’s preferences. A full day tour would be as follows; depart after a hearty breakfast for the Lesotho border, via the stunningly beautiful Maluti Route. Travel through tiny villages to arrive at Liphofung Cave where you will be taken on a guided tour of the Cave, which is a huge sandstone overhang, once used by the much revered King Mashoeshoe when he was travelling in the area to meet his people of this region. He sheltered here with his horses and entourage, so this cave has a truly very old link with the Royalty of Lesotho. View the San paintings from ancient times, etched onto the walls and hear the information which the guide will impart about the origin of the paintings. Enjoy a visit to the tiny museum where the ancient tools are kept, and marvel at how such beautiful paintings were made from such simple tools. On site there is a very small selection of hand made goods, all crafted by the local villagers and sold as a means of income for the families who live there. On a full day tour, we now depart for Lesotho’s National Park where our venue nestles at the foot of the mighty Malutis. Here we enjoy a three course luncheon in the most beautiful surroundings, time for a walk after lunch which offers the visitor the opportunity to take photos of the scenery, then on to a walking tour with a local guide into one of the small Basotho villages. Here you may meet some of the local people, take a look inside their little homes and even taste some of their traditional food and drink. This offers the visitor the chance to really see how the Basotho people live and experience firsthand their warm and friendly nature. Time to head back to the border now after an interesting and beautiful visit to Lesotho. Arrive back in Clarens approx 5-30pm.
Maluti Tours also offers those flying into Bethlehem Airport by private plane, a pickup service from the airport and transfer to your accommodation in Clarens. We also arrange local tours for such guests who do not necessarily have their own transport, or prefer to utilise Maluti Tours who know the area, rather than missing some of the best parts of this stunning part of the Eastern Free State.