Quick Update on Lesotho Border Crossing

Quick Update on Lesotho Border Crossing

A quick update on the Lesotho border crossing for ‘foreigners’, which is us South Africans going over. You will need a negative Covid test result, valid within 72 hours of your crossing at the border; this will allow you entry into Lesotho (plus passport, car papers). You will then need to take another test in Lesotho (Maseru), which will also need to test negative, with a current 72 hour waiting period for results. This negative test result will need to be presented at the border for re-entry into SA. We are waiting to hear if the border will be testing at all any time soon; with a quicker turn around time than 72 hours, but for now; this is the criteria to comply with.

Afriski celebrates its 20th anniversary with a rebrand

Afriski celebrates its 20th anniversary with a rebrand

One of only two ski and mountain resorts in Southern Africa, Afriski Mountain Resort celebrates 20 years of mountain adventure in the beautiful country of Lesotho.

Established in 2000, Afriski initially focused on developing a snow destination in Southern Africa, deep in the remote areas of the country. A perfect location in the Maluti Mountains which formed the right shaped ‘bowl’ for the perfect slope situated at 3222 metres above sea level. This did not come without its challenges. We had a temperamental lift system, no electricity, limited lances to make snow that relied on generators and if one needed cell signal your best bet was to venture to the top of Mahlasela Pass. 

 

Bringing us to 2020, Afriski now boasts multiple slopes, world-class snowmaking equipment and facilities, a wide range of summer activities and a destination that welcomes over 15 000 people a year. 

Re-positioning the resort into an all-year-round mountain destination, called for a brand audit and the decision to re-design the Afriski Mountain Resort brand. The re-branding exercise ties in with the businesses’ 20-year anniversary and “aims to shed light on the evolving worldwide trend of expanding the mountain experience way beyond just snow,” explains Director Peter Peyper. 

 

Afriski now boasts a full range of ways to play in the mountains, with activities that include mountain biking, trail running, hiking, fly fishing and enduro biking. Another area growing in popularity is high altitude training and a new activity called the Zipsail. This activity combines a shorter 600m zip line with an abseil of 70m, from a suspension station located on the cable in the air, above the resort.

Afriski is a Southern African treasure, so it was important for us to build on the existing energy and enthusiasm of the brand and repackage it for a market that appreciates responsible, proudly African businesses. We looked to the local Basotho culture for inspiration and the result is a colourful representation of the vibrant people and breathtaking landscape of this impressive Mountain Kingdom. The brand now enjoys a warmer and more inclusive colour palette applied generously together with strong, bold type and vibrant, rhythmic lines that mimic the easy roll of the mountains. This new brand looks and feels just like a holiday. 

Amendment to tourism regulations gazetted

Amendment to tourism regulations gazetted

The Department of Tourism, Forestry and Fisheries has announced that it will be gazetting amended regulations aimed at relaxing some of the Alert Level 3 restrictions imposed on the sector.
 

It has been confirmed that these amendments have now been gazetted by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs.

Therefore, intra-provincial accommodation for leisure purposes is now permitted under Alert level 3.

Similarly, the curfew prohibiting the movement of persons, except for work purposes, has now been amended to between 22:00 and 04:00.

In terms of the media statement, the current curfew prohibiting the movement of persons between the hours of 21:00 and 4:00, except for work purposes, will be amended to 22:00 and 4:00 in order to allow restaurants to serve dinner to its patrons.

Furthermore, intra-provincial accommodation for leisure purposes will now be permitted subject to a limitation of 2 people per room with the exception of a nuclear family (parents and their children).
 

People are still not permitted to travel across provinces for leisure purposes.

Tour operators will be permitted to conduct guided tours in open safari vehicles subject to social distancing measures.
 

Amazing work at the Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge

Amazing work at the Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge

The LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge is situated 13km from Bethlehem.

With an ever-increasing need to home rescued big cats from zoos, circuses and private keeping, global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS headed to South Africa in 2006 in search of an appropriate home for these animals. That is when the property was found where LIONSROCK is today. Not only would it become the home of rescued big cats from across the globe, but those already on the property would no longer face an uncertain future – at the height of so-called canned hunting and destined to become trophies or breeding machines. In 2008, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary opened its door to the public with the lodge offering accommodation, a restaurant and a variety of activities including educational sanctuary drives. Over the course of a few years, LIONSROCK is now home to more than 100 big cats – lions, tigers, leopards and a three-legged cheetah. It’s not only a world-class sanctuary where animals come to recover from their pasts, but also where people escape from their busy lives, taking a moment to reflect on life and enjoy the spectacular views and nature the Eastern Free State has to offer.
With an ever-increasing need to home rescued big cats from zoos, circuses and private keeping, global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS headed to South Africa in 2006 in search of an appropriate home for these animals. That is when the property was found where LIONSROCK is today. Not only would it become the home of rescued big cats from across the globe, but those already on the property would no longer face an uncertain future – at the height of so-called canned hunting and destined to become trophies or breeding machines. In 2008, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary opened its door to the public with the lodge offering accommodation, a restaurant and a variety of activities including educational sanctuary drives. Over the course of a few years, LIONSROCK is now home to more than 100 big cats – lions, tigers, leopards and a three-legged cheetah. It’s not only a world-class sanctuary where animals come to recover from their pasts, but also where people escape from their busy lives, taking a moment to reflect on life and enjoy the spectacular views and nature the Eastern Free State has to offer.
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