Touring in Lesotho.

BMW Motorcycle tours Lesotho

 

A message from Johnny Maroc.

"I'm super stoked about this tour. I love it. I've always wanted to do it since the first time I visited Lesotho more than 10 years ago. Just writing this itinerary has got me wanting to go back there again....today, tomorrow as soon as possible. I have been biking with Moto Aventures for over 20 years now, all over the world, on and off road and this biking has truly relit the fire. Throughout this itinerary you will read about the amazing scenery and amazing roads over and over again but no matter how many times I write it the riding in Lesotho is still not done justice. I'm going back there next January, if you love biking be there".

The Kingdom is an enclaved, landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population of around 2 million. Previously known as Basutoland, Lesotho declared independence from the UK on 4 October 1966 and over various decades was ruled by the BCP political party with King Moshoeshoe II as a ceremonial monarch. In 1987 he was forced into exile and his son Letsie III was installed as ceremonial monarch. He reigns to this day though for mainly ceremonial functions as he no longer possesses any executive authority and is prohibited from actively participating in political initiatives.

The name Lesotho translates roughly into “the land of the people who speak Sesotho”, which is the country’s official language. They also generally speak English as it is taught in schools.

Thaba Ntlenyana (3482m) the highest peak in Southern Africa is found in the north of Lesotho, and geographically most of the country consists of high mountain ranges, which have been carved out by rivers. All these rivers flow into the Senqu River (Orange River) and then on into the Atlantic Ocean.

A substantial percentage of the population live on the flat plateau referred to as the Lowlands, leaving the Highland areas sparsely populated.

About 4 years ago the Chinese came to an agreement to rebuild the main highways in exchange for diamond mining rights. As a result, the freshly laid asphalt sections are now exceptional motorcycling roads with wide sweeping corners and tigh mountain bends. The off-road sections which really get you “off the beaten track” and show you the true Lesotho and it’s highland areas, are challenging but not too much and the adventure bikes we use are the ideal vehicles for this.

 

Morocco 6 day Mini Mountain & Desert

KINGDOM OF LESOTHO 2019 (total 11 days) Touring

9 DAYS TRAVELLING IN & AROUND THE LITTLE KNOWN KINGDOM OF LESOTHO


TOTAL OF 8 BIKERS MINIMUM REQUIRED FOR THIS ADVENTURE TO TAKE PLACE.

  2.500kms - about 55% off-road in this biker's heaven.


"I just wanted to say what an amazing trip it was. It was one of the best one week trips I have ever done. Just the right balance of sublime knee down roads, gravel roads, crazy weather and drama to make it feel like a real adventure :-) "  Max R.

"The riding in and around Lesotho is exceptional both on and off road. It comprises the best riding I have ever done. The new Chinese asphalt from Sani to Butha Buthe is undoubtedly the best road riding I've ever done anywhere in the world, no question. The off-roading is perfect for the adventure bikes, challenging but not too much. 


'Lesotho needs to be visited, it's an amazing country, to this end the riding days are not too long allowing people to enjoy each destination. The Maletsunyane waterfall near the Semonkong Lodge has a 200m straight drop and is a must see; the notorious Sani Pass has to be ridden; and much more. " JohnnyMaroc


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