Maluti Meander: a Photographic adventure through Lesotho

10 March to 16 March 2018
Cost: R11,650.00 Per person sharing, 30% increase on single supplement
17 March to 23 March 2018
Cost: R11,650.00 Per person sharing, 30% increase on single supplement

6 night / 7 day (Formal en-suite accommodation in hotels, lodges and guesthouses)

The Adventure

 

This is a 6 night, 7 day photographic workshop that starts in the Eastern Cape then rises up into the Maluti Mountain through the Kingdom of Lesotho and ends descending Sani Pass back into South Africa.

 

Lesotho in the late summer is beautiful with green grass, cosmos and gushing mountain streams and waterfalls.

A 4x4 / AWD vehicle with good ground clearence is recommended.

 

Here are a few highlights:

 

- Maletsunyane Falls

- Senqu River

- Mahale Dam

- Katse Dam

- Lesotho Highlands Water Project

- Mafika Lisiu and Moteng passes

- Sani Pass

 

 

The Team 

 

Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural and historic knowledge.

 

Your Photographic Guide

 

Over and above the Mpafa guide, you will be accompanied by a professional photographer who has worked closely with our marketing partners at Media 24 on their lifestyle publications.  You will have one-on-one time with the photographic guide, no matter what your level of experience or equipment.   By the end of the trip, you should be more comfortable and feel more confident, having learned some tricks of the trade, about taking photographs in wild environments ..... and we will look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts.

 

Accommodation

 

We will be staying in formal, en suite accommodation for the duration of the trip. All lodge facilities have cash bars.

 

Adventure Itinerary

 

Day 1:

 

We meet at Resthaven Guesthouse in the quaint Eastern Cape town of Matatiele, where we spend our first night. Introductions around the dinner table and a briefing from your guide and pro photographer about the tour.

 

Day 2:

 

We travel as convoy heading north, climbing up into the Maluti Mountains to cross into The Kingdom of Lesotho at Qacha's Nek border post. Our first stop is a picturesque scene overlooking the Senqu River where our pro photographer shares some valuable insight into landscape photography. We continue northwards along a brand new tar road that Garmin don't even know about and arrive at Semonkong Lodge near the famous Maletsunyane Waterfalls, luch at the incredible Falls and photographh to our hearts content.

 

Day 3: 

 

After a hearty breakfast we leave for the Mohale Dam, part of the Lesotho Highland Water Project in convoy and photograph and experience some of the Basotho culture on route. A picnic lunch is served along the route and we will hopefully get to photograph the fields of cosmos. The afternoon is spent photographing the various intersting scenes and activities around the Lodge.

 

Day 4: 

 

We drive East towards Katse Dam, taking in scenery reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands along Pass of the Jackals. Our destination is Katse Lodge, built high above the dam where we spend the next two nights. Dinner often includes fresh Rainbow Trout from Katse Dam.

 

Day 5:

 

Katse Dam and the entire Lesotho Highlands Water Project is an engineering marvel. We are taken on a Dam tour where we get a new appreciation for the supply of water to our homes in Gauteng. The afternoon is spent on the water aboard a boat cruise and we photograph from the water.

 

Day 6: 

 

Today we get off the busy main roads and take to the back roads to take in some different scenes, photographing the scenery as we make our way to Sani Mountain Lodge and the Highest Pub in Africa where we spend our last night enjoying the cozy lodge and great food.

 

Day 7:

 

After a hearty breakfast we descend Sani Pass and enter into South Africa through the border. Sadly we say goodbye until we travel again through Southern Africa. We hope everyone leaves with new photographic skills and stunning images to show off to friends back home.