In order to make your trip to Afriski as memorable and exciting as possible, we recommend that you read through the following FAQ’s. Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our booking office on 0861AFRISKI.
Passports are required to enter Lesotho; SADC member states, of which SA is one, do not require visas. If you hold any other passport, please check beforehand if you require a visa. A list of Countries requiring Visas can be found below. Visas can be obtained through the Lesotho High Consulate in Pretoria, 391 Cnr Anderson & Thomas Edison Street, Menlo, Pretoria. 012 460 7648 / 7640. Submission of visa applications is between 09:00 and 12:00 while collection thereof is between 14:00 and 15:30 and costs M100 (Equivalent to R100). Visa takes approx. 3 business day to process. For visa application form and full details please see www.lesothopretoria.com
It’s official … government will go ahead with Unabridged Birth Certificates
on 1 June 2015 causing many unprepared parents to hit panic stations as they rush around trying to figure out what it is and how to obtain one.
Enter this tool – the Child Visa Checklist App
. Developed by Drive South Africa, a subsidiary of The Discover Africa Group
, the web app simplifies the complexity of the new South African child visa requirements by distilling 15 different documents and 37 unique scenarios for children travelling in and out of South Africa into an easily digested format. The tool asks three pointed questions to help travellers:
- Who is the child travelling with?
- Parental status (married, divorced, legally separated etc.) and
- Any other special circumstances (adoption, foster care, whether both parents are still alive, etc.)
Have you travelled to/from South Africa with children since 1 June 2015? Please complete our Unabridged Birth Certificates feedback survey
and help us monitor the situation.
After inputting the scenario appropriate information users are directed to a list of required documents for that traveller’s specific scenario (e.g. Child is travelling with both parents) is displayed on screen.
The tool works on desktop and mobile devices and provides links to downloadable documents from the Department of Home Affairs, as well as answering frequently asked questions in layman’s terms.
Try the app now.
The Lesotho currency is the Maloti but the Rand is also accepted, as the Maloti is tied to the Rand on a 1:1 basis.
Please note that there is a R30 toll fee for light vehicles as you enter the Caledonspoort border post in Lesotho. (R60 for vehicles above 2 tons.)
The Caledonspoort border is open from 6am – 10pm 7 days a week. The Ficksburg border post, approx. 50km away, is open 24 hours.
There is no petrol/diesel at the resort. Please fill up at Bethlehem or in the Lesotho town of Butha Buthe, just over the Caledonspoort border.
There is cell phone coverage at the resort, however international roaming must be activated at least one week prior to arrival since the network is operated by Vodacom Lesotho. The resort does have pay-as-you go access to an internet Wi-Fi network in certain public places for those people needing to be connected to the internet.
Under normal conditions a 4x4 is not needed to get to the resort; although the mountain pass to the resort is steep any car above a 1.4l engine will make it up the pass. This however can all change in the event of natural snowfalls ! Please always view our website for latest weather and road conditions. Roads are generally always cleared and salted immediately by the Letseng Diamond mine as soon as it has stopped snowing. In the event of snow, 4x4 vehicles are a big advantage and snow chains the biggest advantage of all. The winter of 2012 saw unprecedented amounts of natural snow fall, while the winter of 2010 was snowless so please be sure to call ahead or view the road and weather status on the website before departing.
There is no grocery store on site; if you are self-catering you need to bring up food. Meats should be pre-frozen and vacuum sealed in order to minimize spoilage.
There is a small store to buy emergency supplies such as toothbrushes, matches etc.
Border regulations state that you may cross the border with food and goods for personal consumption only. It is also a good idea to keep your original slips with you as a precaution. Alcohol may not be imported into Lesotho.
It is a good idea to pre-book your equipment, lessons or snow passes to speed up your check in process once at the resort. Please see the “Winter Activities” tab for more information.
It’s important to remember that even though it’s cold, the sun is stronger at 3222m above sea level than it is back home. Here are a few things that will come in handy:
- Sunscreen – the already high UV levels are increased when the sun’s rays reflect off the snow. Please remember to apply sunscreen often in order to avoid painful sunburn, whether you’re on the slope or off.
- Sunglasses or goggles – the snow becomes a blinding white light in the sun, and snow blindness can become a risk if you do not protect your eyes.
- Lip balm – Avoid swollen, sun burnt lips by using a lip balm with UV protection.
- Thick socks – this point speaks for itself. Not only will your feet be toasty warm on the slope, but they’re also super comfy!
- Shoes that are warm and have a good tread so they won’t slip on any ice. Even in snow, sneakers are a safe bet but it’s always a good idea to bring at least 2 pairs of shoes in case one pair get wet. Slips for indoors are also a good idea.
- Thermal Underwear – Laugh all you want now, but you’ll be crying when your posterior is frozen after a day of sitting in the snow. Besides, long johns are THE trend in winter accessories! They’re no longer available only in black and white, but also in bright colours and funky patterns.
- If possible, we recommend that you buy, rent or borrow a pair of waterproof pants for use on the slope.
- Beanie and scarf/buff – Your ears and nose get cold when you’re speeding down the slope. And while it might be a good excuse to head to the bar to warm up, it’s nice to have the option of rather doing another run or two, because you just know you can make it down the next one without falling!
- Don’t forget your passport!
- If you are staying in Backpackers, please remember to bring your own bedding and towels.
- You don’t need to bring bottled water! Afriski drinking water comes from a fresh mountain spring, and is better for you than bottled water.
So to ensure that you have the best possible time on and off the slopes, we recommend that you bring these things with. However, if in your excitement to be in our snowy wonderland, you’ve left anything at home, all of the above can be found at the Goneskiing shop, conveniently located at Afriski Mountain Resort.
Police road blocks are a common occurrence in Lesotho and there is often a police road block on the outskirts of Butha Buthe on the way to the resort that has been the source of frustration in the past. Please make sure that you have your driver’s license at hand, that your cars license disk is up to date and that your car is equipped with 2 warning triangles. Fire extinguishers are not required and please remember that the 21 day grace period that applies in SA for expired license disks does not apply in Lesotho. Ownership papers are not required. Please remember that you are a guest in Lesotho and that a bit of courtesy and respect will get you a long way in this nation know for friendliness.
Roadblocks usually consist of 2 opposing stop signs approx. 100m apart- police in the middle! You are required to stop and stay put at the stop sign until the officer waves to you to proceed to him in the middle and stop again! Should you stop but continue without being waved on- you committed an offense of ignoring a stop sign! Argumentative behaviour will land you in trouble! An apologetic and jovial attitude will save your day! Spot fines are legal but must be accompanied by an official receipt- no need to bribe anybody! You are a guest in Lesotho - please behave like one. A favorite ploy used by some unscrupulous officers is to threaten weekend guests who have committed an offence with jail by alleging that only the magistrate can issue fines between Monday and Friday. This is not correct. Should you have valid problems visit the Butha Buthe traffic police. The resort has a good relation with the police department and they are familiar with our concerns and we have their undertaking to avoid any untoward behavior by any of their officers.
Please drive cautiously once in Lesotho, the roads are narrow and there are many sheep, donkeys and often also children walking along the road. In particular please be aware of POTHOLES that form during the high rainfall periods in summer. Although the road from Butha Buthe to Oxbow is generally good, there are several large potholes that you need to be on the lookout for. The road between Oxbow and the Sani Pass is currently being re-tarred and the hope is that the portion to the resort will be ready by Winter 2013.
If your country does not appear on the list below, you require only a valid passport to cross into Lesotho. If your country does appear on this list, you require a visa which may be obtained either from a Lesotho Embassy or via one of the various visa agencies which operate in most countries around the world and who will get you a visa for a fee.
For the official Lesotho Government list of which nationalities require visas to enter Lesotho, go to http://www.foreign.gov.ls/services/default.php
The following nationalities require visas for Lesotho:
Korea Republic (North)
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous country entirely surrounded by South Africa.
The nation's history dates to the early 19th century, when Basotho King Moshoeshoe gathered local tribes to defend their land near Maseru, the future capital.
Known as the kingdom in the sky, Lesotho has the highest low point of any country at over 1,000 metres.
Today's tourists can find footprints from dinosaurs such as the small Lesothosaurus and rock art left by ancient San bushmen.
The Afriski Resort in the Maluti Mountains attracts winter sports enthusiasts from Johannesburg.
At 192m, Maletsunyane Falls is the highest waterfall in Southern Africa.
The village of Semonkong, which means 'the place of smoke', is named rafter the mist.
Erosion due to farming in hilly grazing land has hurt agriculture and has left the country with very few trees.
Basothos are proud of their colourful patterned blankets, made to replace animal skins, which visitors can buy as souvenirs of Basoto tribal culture.
There are 10 districts.
6. Mohale's Hoek
8. Qacha's Nek
Lesotho's capital city is Maseru.
Lesotho highest point: Thabana Ntlenyana 3,482 m.
Senqu River is the Longest River in Lesotho.