Khotso Lodge and Horse Adventures
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
At the bottom of Sani pass we roll into the town of Underberg and then onto Khoto Lodge and Horse Adventures and we immediately know we’ve found a special slice of paradise.
Khotso is a backpackers that also offer camping on their working ranch nestled in the foothills of the Southern Drakensburg Mountains that rise up into Lesotho. The word “Khotso” means peace in the local Lesotho language, and the whole place radiates it in spades. There are a couple of dogs and cats around, and each day they visit us in the campsite begging to be taken for a hike, for us to throw a stick or in the case of pebbles the cat begging to climb up into the Jeep and go to sleep!
The setting is stunning, and each day we decide to stay one day longer to go hiking, horse riding, inner tubing down a nearby river, jumping off a waterfall and many other activities.
The owner Steve, is a fascinating guy and we spend hours and hours chatting about his life, his achievements and how things used to be and how things are now. Living in this corner of Africa for his entire life he has seen massive changes and it’s clear how much he genuinely loves the place.
Khotso’s signature trip is a multi-day horse ride up into Lesotho over and extremely rugged pass. It’s so rugged and remote there isn’t even any Immigration on the Lesotho side – so even though you get stamped out of South Africa there is never an entrance stamp given for Lesotho! The temptation is too great and so we stick around until the trip runs so Emily can experience everything the region has to offer on horseback.
If you’re ever in the Underberg area, I highly recommend a stay at Khoto Lodge, you won’t regret it!