Day # 9 - SEMONKONG (Lesotho) to RHODES (SA) 299kms
Leaving our lodge, we are heading south on tarmac 170 kms to cross back into South Africa at the tiny border crossing of Qachas Nek. Through the border and a further 40kms we get to Matatiele where we regroup, refuel and grab a snack at the fuel station’s Steer’s outlet. Some chips and a hamburger!!
The first half of the remaining 150kms is good tarmac but watch out for police speed controls and the dreaded road humps. Then we turn right and set off on the trails through a beautiful area running south of the Drakensberg Mountain range. Very picturesque and pleasant gravel track. Lots of farming and trout fishing in this part of South Africa.
70kms of winding tracks initially running through valleys close to the river but then starting a steady climb up into the Tenahead Mountain Reserve, a wild and lonely place with spectacular views from the bends of Naude’s Nek Pass as we continue our climb. It is the second highest driveable dirt road in South Africa – Sani Pass being the highest – so you’ve done them both!
The summit of the pass is at 2587m and our night’s 5* accommodation with Spa is located at 2500m.
Cosy fireplace to gather around and have a drink before enjoying a wonderful meal.