In this Episode, Terence and Paul hit the slopes, no not Aspen…but close. It is South Africa’s very own twin village of AFRISKI. Located in the middle of the Lesotho Mountains, Afriski is South Africa’s all round winter wonderland, blanketed by white snow from Jan to December!
Known as “The Kingdom in the Sky” The dramatic mountain nation of the Basotho people has an inimitable rural African atmosphere that is both proud and warmly welcomingThe road from Butha-Buthe to Oxbow is the original “Roof of Africa” rally route. It is a quite spectacular journey, going over a number of mountain passes and spending much of the journey at over 3000m.
Near the Oalo and Sekubu area, you will find dinosaur footprints and some mysterious caves used by the San (Bushmen), while up in the Mountain, close to the Afriski Resort, you will find the caves which hosted many a tribal group over the centuries. From Butha Buthe, the road goes north for 15km, then at a junction goes east and climbs into the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. It ascends the Moteng Pass at 2840m, and then drops down into the upper valley of the Malibamatso River. Here, one comes to AfriSki, an upmarket ski resort.
The resort offers a quiet, scenic environment, excellent for corporate get-aways and conferences and the conference facilities onsite presents a comfortable atmosphere originating from the mountainous area and views that belies the adventure waiting to be explored…
For more information about Afriski, you can visit: www.afriski.net
Castle in Clarens
At Rapunzel’s Tower you will have the entire castle, nestled in the heart of the Maluti Mountains at your disposal. This self-catering guesthouse (with breakfast on request) will introduce to you the world of royalty, fantasy and luxury.
Your eyes can feast on the décor and object de art that was carefully handpicked from all over the world to tantalize the senses.
No detail was spared to ensure that guests can enjoy a true fantasy experience, only fit for royalty.
The picturesque town of Clarens is situation in the Eastern Free State approximately 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein.
The Red Mountain Range as well as the Maluti Mountains surrounds Clarens, which makes this town an artist paradise. Meander through the 17 art galleries and explore the quaint, intimate restaurants and bars in the area. More energetic guests may put their various talents and endurance to the test with a number of activities that are available ranging from horse riding, hiking, game hunting, fly fishing, abseiling and many more.
For more information about Castle in Clarens, you can visit: www.castleinclarens.com