Maluti Mountains
Maluti Mountains
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anirudh_biswas2002
Johannesburg, South Africa35 contributions
Friends
Visa - People who often have a question on visa for a short stay in lesotho, for them i would like to suggest that you enter through the capital city of maseru in lesotho.The corruption is almost negligible in maseru check post and the checkpost is open 24 hrs.Take your passport and get it stamped in south african side.Make sure you have a valid visa of south africa.After exit stamp in SA go to the other side of the check post to get a stamp for lesotho.Yes this is for them who do not have tourist visa for maseru but want to visit for a short stay or layover.

Drive - Maseru is a mountain covered town and has great views in short distance like maluti mountain's , falls and great driving experience.4X4 is preferred but if you got any other car , you can still manage.Except the falls ,wherin 8 kms road in the end is mud road, all the road's in maseru are tar road and good for a drive.But make sure there are no rocks in road due to mountain slides.So always keep an eye on the road.Road to katse dam is amazing,with 120 kms in the plain and 70 kms in the mountains.

Stay - The best bread and breakfast in maseru is Seilatsasi b&b at around 6 kms from the maseru bridge,the owner is a very nice lady and she made sure all our request's are taken care of.She tried her best to ensure our stay was a good one.We had damaged our car while an outing and she got us a mechanic who fixed the issue with car.

Currency - Maluti is the official currency but south african rands are widely used.If you have rands you will never feel the difference in currency as the value is same.However use all your maluti's before you leave as after exit you may not be able to change it in SA.

Restaurant - There is one in maseru ,walking distance from the Victoria hotel,you can try the local beer Maluti .There is only one restaurant in katse dam which is good but since you will have self catering facilities in the lodge you may prepare accordingly.

Safety - 1) Strict no night drive's in lesotho,its a mountain kingdom with no roadside assistance ,barren road's most of the times and not enuf facilities.
2) South african sim card's do not work in lesotho, so you must get a sim card from the local shops.
3) Take mosquito repellents or watever,you will need it.
4) After 6 p.m , half the country doesn't have proper electricity,road's are without street lights.
Enjoy , btw if you can't enter maseru , bloemfontien,SA is 130 kms from the maseru checkpost ,just incase :) !
Written March 31, 2016
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OphirB
Israel5,927 contributions
Couples
I'm not exactly sure where the Maloti (Maluti) Mountains start and where they end.
We came from Mokhotlong driving to Afriski and Oxbow, then down the amazing Moteng pass, and its wonderful scenery including the picturesque villages on its lower western end. Then we went on along the range through the many towns and villages, through Lesotho's most populated area. Overall it was a very beautiful ride, especially on the high altitudes with their emptiness and herds of sheep and their shepherds.
Written March 21, 2015
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Giant J
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam131 contributions
Friends
The Maluti Mountains provide some of the best scenery I've seen in a very long time! Don't miss the views when visiting beautiful Lesotho.
Hint: the film The Forgotten Kingdom is an excellent choice when interested in the Mountains!
Written May 8, 2014
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Companion28250795805
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Lesotho is a beautiful country. The mountainous ranges are breathtaking. The drive through the various passes while gazing at the vistas leave anyone awestruck
Written August 28, 2019
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,605 contributions
Couples
The Maluti Mountain Range is beautiful, remote, and peaceful, dotted with sheep, cows, and herd boys--and the occasional teeny tiny village (so don't expect petrol stations, convenience stores, or anything but little houses).

The air is fresh, the views, magnificent. Photos don't do it justice, so you best get there for yourself :)
Written May 29, 2019
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MRG46
White River, South Africa84 contributions
Friends
Exceptional natural beauty and you really need to visit these mountains to appreciate them. The Western Cape & Drakensburg Natal ranges have nothing on the Maluti mountains. Also the locals are very friendly and accommodating. Worth a trip!
Written December 10, 2018
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kodza
Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions
Family
This is a wonderfully scenic route with uncountable twists and turns all with a beautiful view of the many valleys. Many passes on the way with great views so make sure you are not the driver because you unfortunately cannot take your eyes off these winding roads to enjoy the view.
Written October 12, 2017
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Prameet G
Pune, India288 contributions
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We drove from Maseru to Katse Dam. It was 5 hours journey which cuts through Maloti mountains. We traveled in August, and had snowfall just a week back. As we left the plains and entered hilly region, snow covered mountains started getting visible. As we climbed up, there was snow along side road. The sun was out, weather was cold and cool breeze flowing. We climbed up to the top and view of valley was just amazing. We has fun playing with snow.

While returning, it was quite late in night. We had a full moon and area was completely lit due to reflection from snow. It was once in a life time opportunity. Unfortunately our camera battery didn't lasted long to capture it.

Things to be noted
1. 4X4 wheel vehicle
2. No road side maintenance shop
3. Carry your packed food and water as no/very few restaurant in mountains
4. Mobile network won't be available for most part of journey
Written January 7, 2017
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DD025
Mauritius23 contributions
Family
Great views of mountains and waterfall. I would however suggest for visitors to use a 4x4 or local guide to drive as roads are tricky and there large sections of uneven gravel roads.
Written December 18, 2016
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Zach_AM
Vancouver, Canada60 contributions
Friends
For anyone who loves mountains, a weekend trip to Katse Dam, Afriski, or Semonkong is worth the views. Although not the same type of sheer rock faces as the Rockies or the Alps, some of Lesotho's finest scenery is worth a weekend drive. If renting a car, ensure you do so from South Africa or in advance by a week in Lesotho--only second hand imported sedans can be found at the rental agencies here unless you request a week in advance. Japanese imported used sedans do not have the power or safety to handle the steep pitches or potential snows at high elevations in the cold months. Switchbacks, big climbs to the summits, and livestock on the road require good vehicles and good driving skills with a right-hand drive vehicle.
Written October 25, 2016
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