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Described as the “Kingdom in the sky” or the “Mountain Kingdom”, it is the unique landscapes that makes any activity that bit more special. So get off of the beaten path and discover a land waiting to take your breath away.

The Mountain Kingdom Awaits

The Mountain Kingdom Awaits

Lesotho Ultra Trail Set in the heart of the Maluti Mountain Range of north-eastern Lesotho lies a unique ultra distance footrace, a new challenge awaiting those seeking to push their boundaries and exceed their expectations of what it’s like to be a skyrunner. 

Lesotho: The road less cycled

Lesotho: The road less cycled

The gruelling task of pushing our loaded bicycles up mountain pass after mountain pass left my cycle-virgin thighs trembling and sore. Despite the chilly autumn winds of the Mountain Kingdom, sweat dripped off my nose and chin and I feared my racing heart might beat right out of my chest. But I couldn’t stop, I was following adventurer Sean Fraenkel (Visit Sean’s Barking Mad website) and he set the pace. While I was an untrained amateur cyclist, Sean had already…

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Taking a holiday cycle

Taking a holiday cycle

Mountain bikers love the end-of-year holidays. First, Christmas gives riders the excuse to buy themselves a glut of gizmos to bling out their bikes – and maybe that 13th cheque can even stretch to buy a new ultra-light, carbon-fibre, dual-suspension 650B with the latest 1×11 gearing system. But more important, December also means a chance to take annual leave, which any self-respecting cycling fanatic knows translates to some time for a relatively guilt-free opportunity to head out on the trails.

Donkeys, Drag and Double Tapers, Trout Trekking in Lesotho

Donkeys, Drag and Double Tapers, Trout Trekking in Lesotho

You could be mistaken for thinking that this articles title was stolen from one of Amsterdams infamous red light district theatre productions, but you would be sorely wrong. There is however one similarity when trekking the remote wilderness of Lesotho and the streets of Amsterdam, and that is the local’s choice in tobacco products.  This however is where the similarities end.  If the altitude in Lesotho was not enough to get you ‘high’ so to speak, then the world class…

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Nissan X-Trail conquers Epic Adventure around Lesotho

Nissan X-Trail conquers Epic Adventure around Lesotho

In a series of events which can only described as an epic adventure, Nissan’s X-Trail has conquered a mammoth driving route around the Lesotho border in two tough and exciting days – the Nissan X-Trail Epic Adventure: Once Around Lesotho. Excellent fuel economy achieved With two vastly different driving teams taking care of the two X-Trail 2.0 dCi XE 4×2 six-speed manual models prepared for the Epic, the compact SUV’s fuel efficiency was put to the ultimate test under real…

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The AfriSki 2012 ski season is declared open!

The AfriSki 2012 ski season is declared open!

Winter is in full swing at Afriski. In spite of a unusually late start to winter the Afriski snowmakers have been hard at work and have made lots of snow using the recently upgraded snow making system which means that the ski slopes are open and the snow fun has begun. To date the Maluti highlands have enjoyed one good snowfall on the 9th and 24thof June. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of their ski or snowboard…

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Get Lost in Lesotho – Maliba Road Trip

Get Lost in Lesotho – Maliba Road Trip

Get Lost in Lesotho.. ‘We need to promote Lesotho as a whole – as its own destination.’ These were the words of my wife who is the marketing manager for Maliba Mountain Lodge, a 5 star lodge in the mountains of Lesotho. She was referring to the fact that Lesotho is one of the lesser known destinations on the tourism map – even for us South Africans. It is generally seen as a country which is hard to get to…

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Liquid gold – Water sports in Lesotho

Liquid gold – Water sports in Lesotho

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is a land of vast treasures, ranging from picturesque views, diamonds, fauna and flora, the friendliness of its people and last but not least, water! Indeed Lesotho has an abundance of water many countries in Africa could only dream of, which has made it not only famous but provided it with much needed revenue. Pristine mountain streams home to wild trout, tumble and gurgle their way into rivers and a number of man-made dams before…

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