Afri-Ski is a new ski resort, situated in northern Lesotho and promises to be the biggest and most modern ski resort yet in southern Africa. There are two ski lifts, one 914m long and the other of 1500m long, servicing two adjacent slopes.
Four months of snow skiing, from June to September, is predicted, with natural snow covering the entire area, but snow machines will also be on hand. HSP Alpine Service from Austria will maintain the slopes, equipment and ski school. Day visitors are welcome. A ski pass costs R150 per day during the week and R200 per day over weekends. If you’d like to buy a week pass, this will cost you R100 per day. If you do not have your own ski equipment, ski rental is available at R50 per day.
Where: Four-and-a-half hours’ drive south of Johannesburg in the Lesotho Highlands, Afri-Ski is situated 3 222m above sea level. A toll-road takes you directly to the resort via Bethlehem and through the Caledonspoort border post.
Accommodation: From 2003, up-market, Swiss-style lodges and chalets in magnificent mountain landscape will be available to those wanting to sleep over. In the meantime, try the delightful Wyndford Holiday Farm, a real farm-style holiday venue, with quaint garden cottages. Prices start at R200 per person sharing, including three meals, and tea and coffee.
Call (058) 223-0274. Alternatively, try the Oxbow lodge, (051) 933-2247, situated on the banks of the Malibamatsoe River in a glorious valley. For four sharing during peak season, it costs R695 bed and breakfast for all four, per night. Ski equipment can also be hired from the lodge.
Other activities: Other leisure activities, which will be available throughout the year, include 4x4 routes, trout fishing, horse riding, extensive hiking trails and mountain climbing.
Contact Afri-Ski on (011) 888-8881 or visit www.snow.co.za for online bookings.
Note: Lesotho is a foreign country so don’t forget to take your passport.
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