Armelle and Jonathan are wonderful hosts who are really invested in making your time at Semonkong as memorable as can be. Both of them were so informed about the area and were happy to give advice. Our contact with them via e-mail before we arrived was friendly and full of all the info we needed. Semonkong is worth the drive - yes it is 65km on a mountain pass. But we did it in a van in a thunder and lightning storm in pouring rain in the dark. It was a bit hairy but we had no problems. I am sure in the winter when it snows that road becomes more hard going - but we saw LOTS of work happening on the road and they grade the steep parts and it was actually better than we expected. Driving back in glorious sunshine the views were spectacular.
Some of us stayed in dorm rooms and some in private rooms. The rooms were clean, beds were comfy, lovely bedding. Showers had plenty of warm water and good pressure. And the fires in our rooms were laid each evening which was a lovely touch.
We self catered for breakfast - but we did buy the local bread from the restaurant which was great. There are not that many food shopping options so unless you bring a lot with you then it can be limited.
We had lunch and dinner at the lodge restaurant - food was good, not too expensive - just inform them of any vegetarians and they will ensure there is a no meat option.
We hiked, went horse riding, some of the group went abseiling, did the donkey pub crawl - which I cannot recommend enough. One of our group fished - you are only allowed to fly fish up there.
The lodge organizes activities through local people - it really does benefit the community. Village life flows through the lodge and we happily sat and watched horses, donkeys and the local basotho people continue with their day to day life through the lodge area.
All the staff and guides we met were extremely friendly and we loved every minute. We were all very sad to leave and I look forward to going back to do an extended horseback trek.
Semonkong Lodge takes you away from the world - its a spectactular break where you can really switch off and unwind. We stayed 3 nights and wished we had stayed longer!
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