The Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho
Page updated : 20th July 2021
” . . . had a fantastic time at the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho . . . the man-made snow was so much better than expected. “
” . . . we were all skiing in no time after some really good skiing lessons “
” Afriski Mountain Resort is world class in many ways and we had an awesome family holiday with the kids! “
AFRISKI MOUNTAIN RESORT in LESOTHO
ANOTHER JOHANNESBURG WEEKEND GETAWAY!
Although Johannesburg doesn’t have any ski slopes of its own, the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho is close enough for a weekend of skiing!
I should point out that Afriski, despite this page showing it as a winter wonderland, plus its name linking it solely to winter sports, is actually a fantastic destination at any time of the year – winter, spring, summer and autumn!
Hopefully I’ll get to do a page, concentrating on their numerous, diverse summer offerings, at a later stage.
Passport – YES, everyone needs one!
Driver’s License – YES, don’t leave home without it!
Visa – South African passport holders do not need a visa.
Check to see if you need a visa at this link to this Official Kingdom of Lesotho Online Electronic Visa Website
Lesotho is a stunning country, and such an interesting place to visit as a tourist.
THE HISTORY OF SKIING IN LESOTHO – AND CLUB MALUTI.
This area of Lesotho has been a favourite for winter skiing, for years!
In 1968 – years before Afriski Mountain Resort was even thought of, Club Maluti was established by a few university friends, just a few kilometres from where Afriski now stands
The founding members negotiated with the local chiefs to use the land for a ski-slope, and 50 plus years later, Club Maluti still operates.
This is a link to their very neglected Club Maluti Website
BEST TIME TO GO SKIING AT AFRISKI IN LESOTHO
The skiing season is during the winter months of June, July and August, with the possibility of bitterly cold weather and heavy snowfalls during July and August (see newspaper report below).
Snowmaking equipment ensures that there is always snow – and good skiing, during these winter months.
You’ll find everything you’ll need – from your apres ski hot chocolate to accommodation and full ski equipment hire!
DIRECTIONS AND HOW TO GET TO AFRISKI IN LESOTHO
The distance from the centre of Johannesburg to the Caledonspoort border, near Fauriesburg in the eastern Free State, is 326kms (203mi), with the ski piste a further 81kms (50mi) from there.
The most common route is to leave Jo’burg on the N3 Durban highway and follow it for approx. 122kms, until Villiers.
At Villiers, turn right onto the R26, over the N3, and head for Frankfort, Reitz, Bethlehem and Fouriesburg and then a further 10kms to the Caledonspoort Border post, which is open from 06h00 – 22h00 (6.00am – 10.00pm)
After clearing the border, take the first tar road left, left again at the T junction, and follow the A1 road past the Liphofung Cave turnoff, up the Moteng Pass, past the New Oxbow Lodge and onto the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho.
This part of the route is VERY scenic, so take it slow and enjoy the beauty!
AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATION AT AFRISKI SKI RESORT:
The accommodation ranges in quality and price from 4 Star down to Backpackers.
4 Star : Motswale Mountain Chalets and Park City Chalets
3 Star : Lillyhammer Chalets, Maribel Chalets, Innsbruck Chalets, Seefeld Chalets, Chamonix Chalets, Davos Chalets, Courchevel Chalets, Imoya Chalets and St. Moritz Chalets.
3 Star : Tirol Lodge.
2 Star : Vail Lodge.
2 Star : Aspen Apartments.
1 Star : Backpackers.
Accommodation is also available at The New Oxbow Lodge – 16 kms from Afriski Mountain Resort.
Tel/Fax : 051 933-2247
Liphofung Cave, a Lesotho National Park (45kms. before Afriski Mountain Resort), has VERY reasonable accommodation. The chalets that sleep four are clean and comfortable, but share only one communal bathroom with others.
Tel : +266 22 913-206 or +266 22 460-723
Page created : 15th March 2012
Author : Wiggie
“The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is not about history. It’s far more important than that!”
“…..one of the best museums I’ve ever been to”
“As a visitor to Johannesburg, your trip won’t be complete without a visit to the Apartheid Museum – even if you’re not interested in history”
The racially segregated entrance gates to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
Cameras are NOT allowed in the museum, due to copyright on the exhibited photos
The exhibits can be of a very graphic nature, and parental guidance is suggested.
The museum recommends no children under the age of 11.
1st May 2019 to 30th April 2020
APARTHEID MUSEUM OPENING TIMES :
Every Day : 09h00 – 17h00 (9.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed on New Years Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day
APARTHEID MUSEUM ENTRANCE FEES :
Pensioners, University Students and Children: R85.00
School Learners: R45.00
No foreign currency or travelers cheques accepted
An additional R10.00 per person – must be booked in advance
Guided tours for 15 people or more.
No guided tours on Mondays
APARTHEID MUSEUM ADDRESS :
Cnr Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Roads
GPS Co-ordinates (hddd.ddddd) S26.23730 E028.00927
AUDIO GUIDE SYSTEM :
Hire cost : R15 (not always available!)
Formal ID document needs to be handed in as security.
Telephone : +27 (0)11 309-4700
Fax : +27 (0)11 309-4726
Send an E-Mail
ENTRANCE IS FREE . . . .
Entrance to the Lion and Safari Park is free, so the retail shops, the restaurants and kiddies play area, the small mammals and feeding of the giraffes can be done without having to pay an entrance fee!
You only pay for activities that involve the big cats, and these are some of those activities –
A number of different guided tours, that include the Lion and Wild Dog Tour, Mini Safari, Night Tours (with predator feeding) and Private Exclusive Tours.
On the 3-hour Safari, guests stop for drinks and snacks on the bank of the Crocodile River.
You’ll also see numerous, and different, species of antelope on these guided tours.
Another option is to drive your own Self-Drive Tour, which is what we chose.
You see the same species as the guided tours, but obviously without the knowledge of a trained guide.
RESTAURANTS (free entry)
The ‘Bull ‘n Buck Grill‘ is a fancy restaurant that has, not surprisingly, game (venison) as a speciality. It also has a good wine list.
The ‘Wetlands Restaurant‘ is a casual spot for a quick bite, overlooking the area where the giraffe (which can be fed from here), antelope, ostriches and blue wildebeest roam, but they are not always there, as they are able to wander off throughout the property!
The Lion and Safari Park also offers conferences and functions, but I haven’t experienced either of them.
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND (free entry)
The little ones haven’t been forgotten, and a well kitted playground, close to the restaurants, should keep them occupied and content!
School visits are popular, and kids are given an opportunity to learn more about Africa’s magnificent fauna.
SHOPPING (free entry)
There is a photographic centre where you can preserve the memories of your visit with options such as photobooks, mugs, keyrings, puzzles etc.
On the way out, you follow a path that leads you through 5 different shops – selling curios, art, homeware, clothes and kids.
It’s a clever way of using ambush marketing, but it does allow you to pick up a memento or a gift for those you’ve left behind in the real world.
WORLD CLASS PREMISES
The Lion and Safari Park left their very tired and outdated previous property in 2016, and moved to these beautiful, state of the art premises, with camps that do ‘sort-of’ allow the animals space to move.
The drive takes you through three predator camps, where we saw 5 lions in #1, 6 lions in #2 and 7 lions in #3.
We then drove through the antelope camps for a couple of kilometres, and saw large numbers of plains game – giraffe, impala, gemsbok, red hartebeest, blue wildebest, zebra, springbok and blesbok.
We didn’t drive down to the Hyena enclosure, but drove the new 4 km route instead!
After the antelope camp, we drove through the 4th predator camp, where we saw 13 lion.
Then through the 5th predator camp, where we couldn’t determine how many wild dog there were as they were all sleeping on top of each other!
The sixth predator camp had 3, very static cheetah. Sad that an animal that needs space to run, probably never moves faster than a walking pace!
FEED THE GIRAFFES
Back from our game drive through the predator and antelope camps at the Lion and Safari Park, we had a good light meal at the Wetlands Restaurant, and then had a look at the various cages that house the small mammals – not particularly nice, and much like an outdated zoo.
A really popular activity is to feed the giraffes. They’re free to roam, and obviously only eat from your hand when you offer food that is more attractive than what is available elsewhere!
R40 buys you a decent sized bag of giraffe pellets.
If it’s busy, you need to choose your time well!
If the giraffes have eaten, you get to take the bag of food home, but if they are hungry and eating, there are typically a lot of people on the platform trying to get their photographs with these serene, gracious animals!
The giraffes choose whose hands to eat out of, so there are always opportunities for feeding them.
Persistence and patience is key!
HAPPY FAMILIES & (SAD LION) CUBS!
I have to mention this atrocious advertising billboard promoting the petting of lion cubs at the Lion and Safari Park near Johannesburg.
It shows how happy the family is handling the lion cub, but shows no respect, empathy or regard for the feelings of the lion cub that has been removed from its mother at such a young age!
To post this advert on a billboard on a public road is incomprehensible.
The message given to the masses of conservation ignorant passers-by is that the unethical and immoral handling of a young lion cub, taken away from its mother at a very young age, is acceptable!
So sad and just dispicable!
Mahlasela Pass, on the A1 Oxbow to Mapholaneng Road,
(81 kms from Caledonspoort Border Post),
GPS Co-ordinates (hddd.dddddd)
‘Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho’ website
Page originally created : 21st October 2013.
‘Afriski Mountain Resort’ in Lesotho
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