Molumong Pony Trekking Tour

Pony Trekking Tours

Traditional cooking and a range of activities gives you a window into the lives of a proud and unique people.

Basotho Culture Village Life Meals Included Passports Essential

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

From village to village on horseback! Another unique community tourism initiative! Whilst focussed on Pony Trekking, these trips also allow you to travel up the famous Sani Pass in our 4x4 Land Rovers, over the second highest road pass in Lesotho, traverse remote villages seeing the unique way of life while enjoying the thrill of riding through majestic mountain scenery. We arrive at the home of the Ntlhoki family in the Molumong area, the base for “Ntlhoki Pony Trekking” after lunch on day 1. We started our relationship with them in the year 2005! Horses will be waiting, and you are off, riding like a local into soaring mountains and to remote villages! The Ntlhoki’s are experienced and skilled horse guides, and many novices have been introduced by them to the joys of riding! Their horses are Basotho ponies – short, stocky, sturdy and extremely sure-footed animals who are totally at home on the steep gradients you will encounter. Overnight accommodation is provided by homesteads in various villages, thereby spreading the benefits of tourism into remote communities by encouraging small scale entrepreneurs. For the hard-core riders, consider our 4-day Thabana Ntlenyana Pony Trek, 2 ½ days of tough riding to the highest point in southern Africa at 3482m. We sleep in tents next to shepherds’ outposts called motebo and experience wilderness far from any village as we ascend to the highest point south of Kilimanjaro! The first afternoon and night is spent at No. 10 Riverside where you get the “Village Experience” before your tough ride begins.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Experience Fair Trade in Tourism in action. Your tour price includes a contribution to the Sani Top Basotho community. Our ground-breaking approach to grass-roots tourism means that your tour price directly benefits a wide segment of the local community, preserving cultural dignity and ensuring fair remuneration for services rendered. “Sani Lodge Backpackers is the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2018. Sani Lodge Backpackers and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. By involving Basotho stakeholders, they have created opportunities for communities to proudly showcase their unique cultural practices, engaging with guests in an authentic manner, thereby earning their respect. They are the future of tourism in Africa". ~ Judges

ITINERARY

2 Day Pony Trek Tour

Day 1:

Departure from Sani Lodge (9.00 am)
We meet in near reception ten minutes prior to departure for a quick briefing and introduction to your guide.
Travel up Sani Pass and into Lesotho
ravel up the only road through the Drakensberg cliffs in a 4×4 whilst hearing tales of the pioneering of the rout. You will also learn about the natural history of the Drakensberg and see the beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and birds which inhabit the slopes.
Drive over Black Mountain Pass at 3240m
Ascend Black Mountain (3240m), second highest road pass in Lesotho with stunning views. We will meet the shepherds who spend the summer months in the highlands tending flocks of sheep and goats and get a sense of the life they lead. We take a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in southern Africa at 3482m.
A picnic lunch surrounded by the towering mountains
Enjoy your picnic lunch truly majestic scenery.
Arrive at “Ntlhoki Pony Trekking”
Meet your guide and your mount for the next couple of days. Saddle up and off we go!
Ride for 2 -3 hours to the village where you will spend the night
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast provided in the village. Time to meet & greet and feel the relaxing pace of village life.

Day 2:

After breakfast, ride back to the starting point via a different route
Lunch with the Ntlhokis
Return Journey
We will then return via a stop at Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink in the highest pub in Africa. We aim to have you back at Sani Lodge Backpackers between 5 and 5:30 pm.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in traditional rondavels (round African dwellings). There is no electricity or running water in any of the villages. A basin of water will be provided for bathing. Please bear in mind that given the remote location the toilet is a “long drop” (pit latrine). All bedding is provided including warm duvets and hot water bottles.

3 Day Pony Trek Tour

Spend an extra day in the saddle and venture deeper into the Lesotho highlands. Day 1 remains the same, however the itinerary for the following two days is below.

Day 2:

Full days horse ride
After breakfast, a full day in the saddle awaits as you traverse a wide variety of stunning scenery including time along the legendary Orange River (known as the “Senqu river” in the local language of Sesotho). This is the main river draining the Lesotho Highlands and South Africa’s longest river.
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast in a second, remoter village.

Day 3:

After breakfast, ride back to the starting point via a different route
Lunch with the Ntlhokis
Return Journey
We will then return via a stop at Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink in the highest pub in Africa. We aim to have you back at Sani Lodge Backpackers between 5 and 5:30 pm.

4 Day Pony Trek Tour

Spend an extra two days in the saddle and venture deeper into the Lesotho highlands. Day 1 remains the same, however the itinerary for the following two days is below.

Day 2:

Full days horse ride
After breakfast, a full day in the saddle awaits as you traverse a wide variety of stunning scenery including time along the legendary Orange River (known as the “Senqu river” in the local language of Sesotho). This is the main river draining the Lesotho Highlands and South Africa’s longest river.
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast in a second, remoter village.

Day 3:

Full days horse ride
After breakfast, another full day in the saddle as we enter the seldom visited Bobatsi region and enjoy another day of stupendous scenery and curious locals.
Accommodation, dinner and breakfast in a second, remoter village.

Day 4:

After breakfast, ride back to the starting point via a different route
Lunch with the Ntlhokis
Return journey
We will then return via a stop at Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink in the highest pub in Africa. We aim to have you back at Sani Lodge Backpackers between 5 and 5:30 pm.

Note: While this tour still entails many hours in the saddle, it is a far gentler option than the Thabana Ntlenyana ride below.

4 Day Thabana Ntlenyana Pony Trek Tour

Ascend the highest point south of Kilimanjaro as it should be climbed, from the Le­sotho side! This 4 day expedition to conquer the Highest Point in Southern Africa (3482m) combines the village experience at No. 10 Riverside with 2 ½ days of pony trekking. A local guide accompanies the group on the ride. Our guide also accompanies the group.

ITINERARY

Day 1:

Departure from Sani Lodge (9.00 am)
We meet in near reception ten minutes prior to departure for a quick briefing and introduction to your guide.
Travel up Sani Pass and into Lesotho
ravel up the only road through the Drakensberg cliffs in a 4×4 whilst hearing tales of the pioneering of the rout. You will also learn about the natural history of the Drakensberg and see the beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and birds which inhabit the slopes.
Drive over Black Mountain Pass at 3240m
Ascend Black Mountain (3240m), second highest road pass in Lesotho with stunning views. We will meet the shepherds who spend the summer months in the highlands tending flocks of sheep and goats and get a sense of the life they lead. We take a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in southern Africa at 3482m.
A picnic lunch surrounded by the towering mountains
Enjoy your picnic lunch truly majestic scenery.
Arrive at No. 10 Riverside (ie: base camp). Get shown around, settle in.
Once you are settled in there are a variety of activities, which may happen in a different order on trips, but will include:

*Go for a walk into one of the neighbouring villages. See how people live. *Visit the artefacts house and see how the implements are used in daily life. *Visit the traditional healer (have a personal consultation if you like – small extra cost). *Evening dancing and singing at No. 10 with a lady’s group and a shepherd’s group. *A walk to the nearby “Shepherds’ School” - get a chance to meet and interact with the young boys and men who live the tough life of the “Highlands Shepherd”.

Day 2:

Full days horse ride
After breakfast at No. 10, meet your horse guide and horse, saddle up and begin the full day’s ride which will initially take you through the nearby village of Makhapung, through fields and orchards before you climb into the alpine zone.
Overnight in your tent next to a motebo.
A motebo is a traditional shepherds lodging built from stone and thatching grass. Meals provided by the horse guide.

Day 3:

The summit
A full day’s ride taking you to the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana and back down again to a different motebo for the night.
Overnight in your tent next to a different motebo.
Once again, meals provided by the horse guide.

Day 4:

After breakfast, a half days ride back to No. 10 Riverside
Final lunch before heading back.
Return journey
We will then return via a stop at Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink in the highest pub in Africa. We aim to have you back at Sani Lodge Backpackers between 5 and 5:30 pm.

Accommodation

We sleep at No. 10 Riverside on the first night. The second and third nights are spent in a tent next to the rough stone huts of a shepherds’ outpost or motebo. You will require your own warm sleeping bag, tent and roll mat. If required, we do have 2 person tents and roll mats for hire at Sani Lodge.

Extreme Conditions

Thabana Ntlenyana is very high, meaning that conditions at any time of the year can be extreme. You need to be prepared for this, both mentally and in terms of your equipment and especially warm and wet weather gear and sub-zero quality sleeping bags.

USEFUL DOCUMENTS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please note that the price quoted above is for tours running with a minimum of three guests. If you wish to do this tour with a group of less than three, there may be additional charges due to the fixed nature of certain costs.

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