Day # 4 - CLARENS (SA) to KATSE DAM (Lesotho) 230kms
We leave after a good buffet breakfast and it's just 40kms back to the friendly border at Caledon – our third crossing! About 10 minutes and about 3€ again each to register and get our passports stamped, and then we’re back in Lesotho.
Always be prepared for the unexpected, from rockfalls to landslides, to animals being herded down the main road and everything in between when riding in Lesotho.
167 kms of amazing asphalt starting in Clarens.
We wind our way through picturesque countryside, surrounded by towering mountains and deep valleys. We ride over the Mafika Lisiu Pass 3,090m (10,137ft) above sea level which crosses the Maluti mountain range. It is one of the highest passes in Lesotho.
The view back north towards Clarens is stunning on a sunny day. The road was built in the 1990s and links Pitseng with Lejone and onwards to Katse. There are sheer drops virtually along the whole length of the road with enough hairpin bends to keep even the most jaded biker smiling.
At 167km into the day we can either take to the gravel or continue 37km on the asphalt to our hotel for the night at Katse. This asphalt section is every bit as enjoyable as the previous sections.
Our accommodation has large gardened terraces looking out over the Katse Dam Lake. The lodge is simple, but all rooms have en-suite showers and satellite TV.
The food is excellent and the staff, as always in this country, very helpful and willing. Hopefully a spectacular African sunset to be watched as we sit on the terrace after dinner with a drink, looking out across the lake.