Closest Town: Semonkong
Grading: Tough | Duration: 6 Hours
Location (Area/Province): Lesotho and Southern Lesotho
Configuration: 15km circuit ride
Start Point: Semonkong Lodge
Beware of: Amatolian mountain dogs,they are fond of going at bikes.
Facilities: None on the route, just at the lodge.
Cell Reception: Good,need local sim or international roaming.
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This 6 hour circuit, is a combination of gravel roads, single track and river crossings. Ride from the lodge to falls, takes about 3 hours there and back. Gravel road rides all around the place. So you can make up your own route and distance.
On your bike
Start at Semonkong lodge,ride out through town,2 km outside town turn right on gravel road and climb 700 m over about 9 km.Top of pass drop down to a right turn at 3 way intersection.Good gravel road climbing to 3000 m,if you are from the coast you will be puffing here.Passing the Vodacom tower on your right(take your mobile,good reception)and ride on about 6 km.You will see the school clearly on your right.Drop down to the school and pick up the start of the track on rhs just before the school buildings.
Stop and have something to eat and take in the view,get your bearings.The Malatsenyane gorge is visible and your route is following the ridge line down single animal tracks.You will see a track leading over a neck from a valley far below you,that is where you are heading.If you are technically good you can ride almost the entire decent.
All tracks lead back to Semonkong,after climbing the neck the gorge is on your left and town is ahead,enjoy the ride back in,some knarly rocky sections.If are unsure push this piece.Rolling undulations all the way home into town. Not for the faint hearted. High country, weather changes fast, tell lodge where you are going.
Beware of the Amatolian mountain dogs,they are fond of going at bikes,pull a postman quick jump off, grab a rock and launch it at the beasts,they often attack in two, so look behind you as well,practice your klipgooi before hand.
Off the bike
Visit the mighty Maletsunyane Falls, one of the highest single dropping waterfalls in Africa, creates a haze of smoke as the water plummets 186 metres into a spectacular gorge. Also hiking trails, Pony tracks,4×4 and some amazing Fauna and Flora.
Route Information: Semonkong Lodge
Mobile: +266 – 620 210 21
Telephone: +266 – 2700 6037
GPS: S29˚50’35.3” E28˚02’36.4”