Day # 2 - BLOEMFONTEIN (SA) to MAFEKENG (Lesotho) 209kms
Packing everything into the 4x4 we plan to leave after breakfast at around 09.00.
Today will be a mixture of mainly gravel country roads ideal for the big adventure bikes
, well packed with no loose or sandy sections, and some asphalt. Big open spaces characterise the landscape as we head due east. We pass through farms, arable, dairy and game and it's not uncommon to see an occasional member of Africa's
herbivore grazing in the fields. Arriving at our first Lesotho border crossing at Van Rooyens Gate
this should be a quick and painless experience paying the vast amount of about 3 euros to enter
We are now in Lesotho
– notice the changes in almost everything – scenery; the houses are normally rondavals (circular huts); villages are rustic and though Lesotho
is much poorer than its neighbour it seems majestic, is clean, and the locals are very welcoming. All the asphalt in Lesotho has been recently done by the Chinese
in exchange for diamond mining rights. The amazing sweeping passes are a delight for road bikers.
A further 70kms brings us to our destination for the night at Malealea Lodge.
We have arranged for you all to have rondevals which are circular huts with beautiful thatched roofs, and room to spread out. Each is decorated with charming paintings of local scenes for your enjoyment and has a spacious, tiled bathroom with a standing shower en-suite