The Lesotho Rescue Ride is a seven day trek from South Africa into the tiny country of Lesotho and back out. The ride was created to raise awareness about the plight of the horses within the Lesotho Government pounds.
The Ride is an effort to work with local government officials and international riders to raise awareness and funding for the Lesotho Pound Rescue Project.
Who: All Adventure riders are welcome. The inaugural ride will be launched by Mongol Derby alumni, but all adventure riders willing to pony up the dough are welcome. This is NOT a tourist trek. The ride will be limited to riders that have demonstrated experience in adventure riding and horsemanship. Horses will be provided for this ride and their safety and welfare is paramount. The ride will be long and tough over challenging terrain with a real danger from horse thieves. Navigation will be done via gps along a set track. No guides will be provided.
What: Seven day rough trek from South Africa into the country of Lesotho and back out. Estimated six hours a day of hard riding.
When: October 1-8
Where: Kingdom of Lesotho – the “Kingdom in the Sky.” For a more detailed description of the route, click here.
Why: To raise awareness and funds for the Lesotho Pound Rescue Project.
How: The fee is $2,500 pending a successful application into the ride. For riders to apply, fill out the Form under “Sign Up” on the navigation above or click here. Payment is due by September 1. Flexible payment options are available. To learn more, email Sophia McKee.
What the entry fee covers: The entry fee covers bus transport to and from Durban, lodging each night, horse and food. Entry fee does not cover rider’s flights and accommodations in Durban or personal foodstuffs.
Riders will need to bring sleeping bag and personal kit as they are comfortable. Saddles, saddle pads (numnahs) and bridles are the rider’s responsibility. If you are unable to travel with your riding equipment, arrangements can be made ahead of time for equipment to be provided to you upon arrival.
It has been found that most riders are more comfortable in their own tack. The local horses are small working stock between 14 and 15 hands. Please be sure that your equipment can handle steep mountain riding.
A full list of recommended equipment will be provided to riders in advance of the trip.
October 1: Transport from Durban to Underberg – Arrive at Penwarn Country Lodge.
October 2: Trying out horses and tack. Matching horses and riders. Briefing on the stock theft situation and the pounds. Ride logistics and “braai” (that’s BBQ for us Americanos).
October 3: Hard seven hour ride into mountains to Sehlabathebe Lodge.
October 4-6: Ride over the mountains via the waterfall to The Project; daily excursions to horse pounds, police station at Paulus, and Qacha’s Nek.
October 7: Ride to Thamathu village and overnight stay in “Homestays”.
October 8: Ride back to Penwarn Country Lodge down different mountain pass.
October 9: Transport to Durban.
- 4×4 Trip from Underberg up Sani Pass (location of the highest Pub in Africa)
- 4×4 Trip from Underberg up Sani Pass to Mokhotlong
- Tala Game Farm Visit (lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Actually, Rhino, Hippo and more)