An awesome ski adventure on your doorstep
South Africa is known for her gloriously hot summers and mild and moderate winters – during which some of our ocean waters are known to still be warm enough to swim, scuba dive, and snorkel in. When thinking about southern Africa, you think balmy afternoons, mosquito-repelling candles, sundowners, and dusty safaris. If you enjoy outdoor adventure of the cooler kind – skiing, sledding, and snowboarding – then you’re probably bummed about having to save up to go overseas, right?
But you don’t have to – ski in Africa at AfriSki.
AfriSki near Butha Buthe, Lesotho
It’s like having the Swiss Alps in closer proximity to home – AfriSki is located in the northern part of Lesotho, just on the other side of the Lesotho border in the Maluti Mountains. Travelling from Johannesburg, it should take about four hours to get there, but if you’re travelling up from Cape Town, you may need to get some East London accommodation and stay in the Eastern Cape overnight before heading to the north of Lesotho.
Winter fun at AfriSki
The ski resort enjoys all the benefits of operating at a high mountain altitude, where the snow-making system works perfectly and creates wonderful, adventurous ski slopes for lovers of snow sports. Operating in the same vein as European ski resorts, AfriSki consists of a few independent operators who will supply skiing or snowboarding gear, accommodation, and other amenities like skiing training, food, etc. There is accommodation and catering for up to 250 people at the resort at one time and it’s very important to book your whole stay at AfriSki. Even if you’ve never been on the snow before, there are adequate training facilities, such as AfriSki Ski and Snowboard School, but even if you won’t be at the resort long enough to learn to ski properly, you can always just “bum-board” down a dedicated slope and have just as much fun! Don’t forget your Iridium lens sunglasses though as even in winter, the African sun can be harsh.
Summer fun at AfriSki
Lesotho is an absolutely stunning country and summer activities are exciting and varied. You can enjoy hiking in the mountains, riding the trails on a motorbike or mountain bike, swimming in the beautifully clean rivers, or treating yourself to the heart-stopping activity of gorge-jumping. Try your hand at abseiling, challenge your 4×4 skills on a number of different routes – including the infamous Sani Pass – enjoy a day trip to the Katse Dam, or learn more about Lesotho on a guided cultural tour.
No matter what time of year you decide to go to AfriSki, there will be immaculate star-gazing to appreciate, bird-watching, or enjoy a meal or sundowners at southern Africa’s highest restaurant: Sky. Don’t get cold feet about learning to ski – try AfriSki just once…