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Mountain Biking Takes To New Heights

Mountain Biking Takes To New Heights

Maluti Mountains – A Mountain Bikers Paradise!   Armand du Toit reflects on his experience at one of the Afriski MTB training weekends in Lesotho. Excitement builds as we arrived at AfriSki to try out the new trails we heard they’ve been working on. Little did I know the guys had really smoked the innovative pipe and #boom, I was pleasantly surprised!  

Cableway plans extended to AfriSki, Lesotho

Cableway plans extended to AfriSki, Lesotho

Durban – Plans for a controversial 7km cable car route to the top of the Drakensberg have changed with a new proposal to extend it by another 5km to link it to the Afriski ski resort in Lesotho and indirectly to a failed golf estate near Bergville. This follows a meeting last week between Mike Mabuyakhulu, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, and his counterparts from Lesotho and the Free State, where it was agreed that a new…

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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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The complete African snow experience at AfriSki

The complete African snow experience at AfriSki

Yes, it snows in Africa, and in 2011 it snowed a lot ! It is also a little known fact that people have been skiing in various Southern African mountain ranges since 1929. One of the most ideally  suited locations are the Maluti mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Not far from Clarens lies the Mahlasela Pass and the location of the Afriski – Ski & Mountain Resort. A lot has changed since 1929 and the introduction of modern snow…

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Surfing in Durban to Skiing in Lesotho!

Surfing in Durban to Skiing in Lesotho!

It was a week which started with surfing the Durban waves and ended with skiing in Lesotho. And neatly sandwiched in the middle was a close encounter with a herd of elephant. There are not many holiday destinations where you can spice up your life with such variety. It started with a perfect winters day spent on the Durban beachfront, surfing the waves on my long board which others disdainfully call “the ship.”  The next day I made the two-and-half…

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Skiing in Africa – No you’re not dreaming

Skiing in Africa – No you’re not dreaming

Lesotho may not pop up on many people’s radar as the most obvious ski destination. Africa, is after all synonymous with the big five and open savannahs, not snow capped mountains. However, as the only country in the world that lies completely above 1,000m and with more peaks per square kilometre than any other African country, Lesotho is indeed blessed with fantastic topography. Does it get snow you ask? Yes it does, sometimes even year round on the very highest peaks….

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Top 10 Activities to do in Lesotho

Top 10 Activities to do in Lesotho

Described as the “Kingdom in the sky” or the “Mountain Kingdom”, Lesotho provides memorable scenery for tourists, with its surreal rock formations, lakes, grasslands and mountains characterize the varied landscapes of this mountain kingdom, which makes any activity much more about the scenery encountered along the way.

The Kings Cup Ski and Snowboarding Champs

The Kings Cup Ski and Snowboarding Champs

The King’s Cup, (in honor of King Letsie III) is the first big event on the local winter snow calendar. This is the 4th running of the event seeing some of SA’s hottest snowboarding and skiing talent take to the slopes and hosts AfriSki seek to build upon the successes of previous years.

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