Day # 10 - RHODES (SA) to MAFEKENG (Lesotho) 246kms
Feeling refreshed and after a wonderful breakfast we set off for Rhodes – a small village unique for being the only one in SA that can only be accessed by gravel. There are no tarmac roads to this very popular place.
Stop for a coffee at the Walkabout Inn and then for those wanting to do the optional ride up to Tiffindell ski resort this is where they start from.
The off roading is generally easy but there are two short rocky sections that less experienced riders must pass with care, and some steep bends. Big drop offs along most of this ascent.
Tiffindell Lodge is set in a bowl at 2,720 m (8,924 ft). The station has only two runs, the length being only 2 km between them.
From Tiffindell we will then return down on the rocky Wartrail route and join up with the others waiting for us at the bottom.
Then onwards for a further 100kms on pleasant trails running parallel to the Oranje river and Lesotho until we cross the river and back into Lesotho, at the Telle Bridge border. This is one of our more official crossings but won’t take more than 15 minutes.
Onto tarmac for a while and then off onto the mountain tracks again for the final 60kms to our accommodation – where we stayed the first night in Lesotho. Seems ages ago!
On route we will cross the Makhaleng River, enjoy impressive views of the Thaba Putsoa mountain range and climb the Gates of Paradise Pass!