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“afri ski in August ?”

Afriski Mountain Resort
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Afriski Mountain Resort – An Unexpected High. The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is a country rich in culture and rugged beauty. Afriski Mountain Resort, tucked away in the northern highlands, provides a gateway to this largely untapped world of high-altitude adventure. Situated in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains, this resort caters to every taste and offers the perfect escape for sport and outdoor enthusiasts, corporate parties as well as families. With a selection of accommodation options, as well as a range of on-site facilities and restaurants, Afriski has all you need for the perfect mountain getaway. The resort welcomes mountain bikers, trail-runners, hikers, fly fishermen as well as enduro and off-road enthusiasts equally. When the seasons turn, and the cold descends, our ski slopes come to life. Afriski provides a touch of Europe just around the corner – without the demands of a long-haul flight. Join us at 3222m above sea level in the Mountain Kingdom.
Reviewed 3 May 2014

last year we visited afriski (last few days of may and first few days of june) under the impression that they would be fake snow made on a daily basis, the slopes were closed and only the beginner section had snow

I would not like a repeat of last year but would like to return
will the first week of August be a good time ?

does anyone have experience going from Durban via sani pass ? is it quicker than via clarens which takes 9 hours ?

is it possible to go up via sani pass with a hilux 4x2 ?

10  Thank HAFFEJEE
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

What a fun filled weekend! So I could not skii in Switzerland in '07... Am happy having done it right next door. If you love adventure, put it on your bucket list!

3  Thank Kayise M
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

My wife and I stopped here last week, what a gem.
Summer prices are good value, e.g. R740 for two sharing in the Lodge. My grilled steak was superb, as was Izzy's chicken. The wine went down a treat at 3010m as well. At around 176km from Sani Pass, start early from Himeville in SA, 0800hrs, go up the pass and give Sani Top a miss because of the exorbitant room rates (nearly R2000 for an only average rondavel) and you will here around two in the afternoon. Well worth the four hours or so on dirt in the mountains of Lesotho.

2  Thank dik-bardon
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Myself and 11 other girls were taken to Afri-ski for a 4 day photoshoot in June -
From Durban it took just over 9 hours, in a mini bus taxi.

We had a group of about 25 people (models, photographers, hair stylist ext)

DO NOT under estimate the warning of cold weather. The cold you feel in the mountains of Lesotho is very different then the "chilly" Durban weather. As we stepped out of the bus, the wind basically freezes your bones.

We stayed in the top Villa's, they were absolutely beautiful. Heated EVERYTHING! We ate every night at the restaurant, the food was wonderful and the staff mostly friendly.

Getting our ski gear was easy and painless - and the Ski lesson from the attractive young man was enjoyed by all the girls.

I would definitely recommend bringing sunglasses (even in winter months) its extremely bright - as well as the amount of warm clothing you plan on bringing.. BRING DOUBLE!

The young staff at the Gondola cafe put on a hilarious show for us on our last night, and taught us as all how they party in the mountains. Just a little tip, walking drunk back up a cold icy mountain to your villa is NOT ideal. Keep that in mind :)

Overall it was an awesome experience and i would recommend it without a doubt!

2  Thank tatumstc
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We had crossed into Lesotho from South Africa via the Sani pass so didn't know how long it would take to travel the country's Eastern road system ( actually took just over 7 hours with a few stops from underberg to afriski). There are few hotels in that part of the country and afriski looked the best quality if those on offer. As the name suggests its one of a rare breed- an African ski resort. It was the start of summer when we visited so no snow ( a huge thunder storm instead!) but apparently it gets busy in winter. There were a handful of people staying and we were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was fully open and functioning- having half expected a 7pm close . The menu was limited , food ok if a little over priced. We stayed in one if the Tivoli hotel style rooms ( as opposed to a chalet ). It was modern and a decent size but no real view, given we were at 3000 metres. The bathroom was huge and modern though I didn't like the dimmed light- more suited to a romantic restaurant than a bathroom! We slept quite well but could hear other guests moving about, particularly in the room above even though there were only a couple of rooms occupied . I would guess it could be quite noisy when full. One other point mentioning is that the hotel is situated at 3000 metres above sea level. The air is quite thin and if you suffer from breathlessness you may experience some discomfort . In summary afriski is probably the best class hotel in Eastern Lesotho . Therefore if passing through the country it's probably the safest option for an overnight stay.

Thank LS13
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