About Us

The Maloti Drakensberg Route (MDR) is a collaborative eco-tourism initiative between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho which arose from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded (through the World Bank) initiative and the then Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Project (now Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Programme which is funded by the two governments). The Programme endeavours to connect the sublime spaces found throughout these two areas, while focusing on the conservation of the region's globally significant biodiversity and contributing to sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Focusing on the majestic mountains, scenic towns and villages and the interesting people who inhabit them, the Maloti Drakensberg Route provides travellers with an unparalleled opportunity to experience a diversity of cultures including Basotho, English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.

The Maloti Drakensberg Route – a truly idyllic meander through awe inspiring natural beauty and picturesque mountains where you can visit friendly villages and towns, follow where dinosaurs prowled and left footprints, enjoy arts and crafts of the highest quality, fly fish, visit renowned rock art sites or just soak up the breathtaking scenery. For the more adventurous there are ski slopes, horse trails, 4 x 4 and hiking trails. Accommodation along the route includes graded hotels, luxury lodges, self-catering cottages and homely B&B’s. 

By concentrating on nature-based tourism, the MDR initiative aims to increase awareness of the unique appeal of a region that is home to Africa's two highest waterfalls, the world's oldest clutch of dinosaur eggs, some of the world's finest conservation areas, over 3000 species of flora, birding hotspots, significant engineering achievements, as well as Southern Africa's best adventure, sporting, cultural and artistic destinations, and much, much more. The MDR snakes through one of Africa's premier alpine destinations, bringing together the area's best sites in a concerted effort to develop and protect the region and its inhabitants into the future.

Road Networks

Roads on the Maloti Drakensberg Route are generally good. Leaded fuel and diesel are available throughout the route. In Lesotho unleaded fuel is only available in Maseru. The speed limit in Lesotho is restricted to 50kmph on general roads and 80kmph on freeways. Click here for a general map of the area.

Banks and Credit Cards

Banking facilities (Monday to Friday: 09h00 – 15h30, Saturday: 08h30 – 11h00) and major credit cards are accepted in most towns in South Africa. Lesotho, banks are found in Maseru and most main towns (Monday to Friday: 08h30 – 15h30, Wednesday: 08h30 – 13h00, Saturday: 08h30 – 11h00). Credit cards are accepted at main hotels and in Maseru. 

Communication

Modern telephone services link all the towns in the Eastern Free State, Eastern Cape and Ukhahlamba Drakensberg to the rest of South Africa and abroad, whilst cellular reception is excellent in most towns. The international code for South Africa is +27.

Telephone services are available in all main towns in Lesotho. Cellular reception is excellent in the lowlands. The international code is +266. (Please check your local directory for international outgoing code).

Lesotho Border Post Information:

 

Maseru Bridge
Ladybrand / Maseru
24 Hours 

 

Maputsoe Bridge 
Ficksburg / Maputsoe
24 Hours

 

Peka Bridge
Clocolan / Peka
08h00 – 16h00

Caledonspoort
Fouriesburg / Butha – Buthe 
06h00 – 22h00

 

Sani Pass
Himeville / Mokhotlong
08h00 – 16h00

 

Van Rooyens Gate
Wepener / Mafeteng
06h00 – 22h00

Makhaleng Bridge
Zastron / Mohale’s Hoek
08h00 – 16h00

 

Tele Bridge
Sterkspruit / Quthing
06h00 – 22h00

 

Ongeluk's Nek
Matatiele / Quthing
08h00 - 16h00

Qacha’s Nek Gate
Matatiele / Qacha’s Nek
06h00 - 20h00

 

 

 

Ramatseliso’s Gate
Matatiele / Qacha’s Nek
08h00 – 16h00

 

The Maloti Drakensberg Route is managed through the membership organisation of the Maloti Drakensberg Route Forum (the MDRF). The MDRF is a tourism product which derives benefits from tourism to the region, while conserving natural and cultural resources for future generations.

Be a part of this remarkable interweaving of conservation and tourism by visiting the Maloti Drakensberg Route and discovering more about the by-ways to Southern Africa's magnificent mountain splendour.

To sign up as a member of the MDRF, contact us.


The MDTP would like to thank the government agencies who have contributed in various ways to this initiative:

In South Africa:

National Department of Environmental Affairs - DEA
South African National Parks - SANParks
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development - KZN-DAEARD
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife - EKZNW
Free State Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs - FS-DEDTEA
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism - EC-DEDEAT
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency - ECPTA
South African Heritage Resources Agency - SAHRA

In Lesotho:

Lesotho Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture - MTEC

 

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