Mountain Bike Trip to Lesotho

Experience the beauty and culture of Lesotho

Trip Overview

This 10 Day Mountain Bike trip to Lesotho is designed to show you some of the highlights of what this beautiful African country has to offer! On this trip, we will spend time riding the best trails in the country, riding with the local women, and experiencing the first Pump for Peace pump tracks. 

On this trip, we will travel around the small, mountainous country of Lesotho to see some of the most beautiful spots. We will get to ride on a combination of singletrack and jeep roads, taking in the breathtaking scenery that abounds. 

We will stay at charming guest houses and get to experience the rich culture of this untouched African country. Our trip is capped off with a visit to the famed Maletsunyane Falls. 

Fitness level:  ● ● ● ● ○

Skill level:  ● ● ● ○ ○

What do these ratings mean?

 

 

The Lesotho World Ride trip is incredible. Aside from the scenic beauty, welcoming attitude of everyone we met, and very comfortable accommodations, I felt the entire trip like I was one of the few lucky tourists to explore this amazing country. Certainly the lodges that were part of our itinerary have seen plenty of visitors, but nothing about the adventure felt like a typical tourist experience at all. Those of us on the trip commented regularly on how we felt like Lesotho has not yet been discovered by international tourism, making our time there feel particularly special and authentic. I would wholly recommend this trip for those looking to explore gorgeous landscapes by bike and to learn about a country with a fascinating history. Images that stand out for me include the traditional round houses that make up the many rural villages we pedaled past; the full-face masks that herdsmen wear while tending their sheep and cattle; and the cozy, unique Maseru lodge and the hospitality shown to us by its owner. Those two weeks flew by in a blink!

Eva

2024 Lesotho Trip Dates 

February 29-March 9, 2024

September 5-14, 2024

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us for custom trip dates!

 

Price – $2395

Book more than 90 days in advance and get a pair of World Ride Lesotho socks and a hat!

$300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot

*Deposits are non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future.

The remainder of the cost of the trip is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip and can be made in payments. Trips require a minimum of 4 people in order to run. Please check with us to confirm the departure before you book your flight. 

Unless otherwise noted, our trips are co-ed. Here is why that is important to us

We can make any trip a private group trip for an additional $250/per person. Please reach out to [email protected] to book a private trip. 

Fundraise for your trip! We can set up a personalized fundraising page for you. We offer $100 off your trip costs for every $1000 that you raise, up to the cost of the trip. 

Invite your friends to join you as well!

This was a fantastic experience!! When I first looked at traveling to Lesotho with World Ride, I didn’t even know where it was. The tour provided wonderful mountain biking and cultural enrichment. We traveled through many authentic villages and met wonderful people. The lodges we stayed at were very unique and the food was great! I highly recommend this trip.

Donna

Day 1
Thu: Arrival Maseru, Bike setup at Lesotho Bike Hangar, meeting of crew and introductions. *Note: We will have a shuttle to and from Johannesburg if you prefer to fly in and out of there. The shuttle is an additional $125 per person round trip and will depart in the early AM on Day 1 of the trip. Please make sure your flight arrives by 7am on that morning. 

Accommodation at Kick 4 Life Hotel. 

Day 2

Fri: Our first day on the bikes will be a ride to Roma via Thaba Bosiu the historic mountain fortress of Lesotho. (Approximately 40km ride)

Accommodation at Grace Lodge (with pool and scenic views!)

Day 3

Sat: We will start the day with a local MTB ride (12 – 20 miles) in the morning and then the Monthly Pump Track League Competition on the Roma Pump Track and skills session with the club in the afternoon. 

Accommodation at Grace Lodge.

Day 4

Sun: After our fun day at the pump track, we will head out on our mountain bikes to do the Roma Amphitheater ride. Get ready for some incredible scenery along the way as we take in the spectacular mountains of Lesotho. 

Accommodation at Grace Lodge.

Day 5

Mon: Today, we will do a 20-25 mile MTB ride to Morija through more incredible scenery. After the ride, we have the option to visit the only museum that is in Lesotho. We will then take some time to relax and enjoy the scenic views from the accommodations for the evening, followed by delicious pizza at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Morija Lodge.

Day 6
Tue: Today we will set out for a longer ride that takes us from Morija to Malealea- the mountain bike hot spot of Lesotho. Along the way, we will ride through the royal village of Matsieng. 

Accommodation at Malealea Lodge.

Day 7

Wed: Today you can choose your own adventure, with three ride options depending on how tired you are from the previous day. We will ride around the Malealea area and get to see rock pools and waterfalls along the way. 

Accommodation at Malealea Lodge. 


Day 8

Thu: We will take on another longer day to Ramabanta and stay at one of the most scenic lodges in the whole country. (approximately 30 miles)

Accommodation at Ramabanta Trading Post Lodge. 

Day 9

Fri: We will transfer in the morning to Semonkong and ride to the scenic Maletsunyane Gorge and Waterfall, capping off an amazing adventure in Lesotho. 

Accommodation at Semonkong Lodge. 

Day 10

Sat: We will have a relaxing morning and optional Basotho Blanket Tour. We will then transfer to the airport for departure (2h drive to airport). *Note: We will again have a shuttle departing to Johannesburg and arriving late afternoon. 

*Itinerary is subject to change.

 

  • $150 SHREDLY Bucks
  • Double occupancy at comfortable accommodations
  • All transportation to and from hotels
  • Airport transfers on the arrival and departure days
  • Professional local guides that know the trails and have an excellent knowledge of the local culture and traditions.
  • Support on the trails with a shuttle vehicle.

Meals and guide gratuity are not included. Cost does not include airfare, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance or rental bike.

Rental bikes are very limited. For this trip, we highly recommend that you bring your own bike! We have a lot of experience traveling with bikes, so please let us know any questions you might have. This trip is on technically challenging trails at high elevations, and we highly recommend a full suspension bike.

We know you might want to arrive early or stay longer in Lesotho. We can connect you with our trusted partners to help book any additional tours or hotel stays- just get in touch

Anything you need for your own bike (if bringing)

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Extra brake pads
  • Any special bike tools (Multitool, mini pump, spare tube)

Bike gear

  • Helmet 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Buff/scarf
  • Pack (at least 15L in size to carry layers and capacity of 3L of water)
  • Bike shoes
  • Gloves
  • -3-4 pairs of bikes shorts or more depending on preference. 
  • -3-4 jerseys
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Waterproof rain jacket

Other gear

  • Warm jacket (nights can be chilly)
  • Either a bike light or a headlamp
  • Other clothing for after ride
  • Comfortable shoes to hike and walk around in
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimsuit 
  • Any medication you might need
  • Toothbrush and other necessities
  • Sunscreen

Personal items

  • Passport
  • COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Proof of travel insurance if you purchased it
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A small amount of cash to travel with (USD)
  • Camera (or just your cell phone)
  • Cell phone (plenty of wifi along the way)
  • USB Battery pack (optional- there are outlets in all of the hotels)
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Power adapter (Lesotho uses 220v and outlet type M)

Misc

  • Any extra mountain bike gear you might be able to bring or collect and donate for the ladies over there 🙂

Download our Lesotho Information Guide for a more detailed trip overview