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Lesotho with Sideburn: You're invited!

We have a handful of places left on the Lesotho tour for next February, on these trails, seeing these sights. And you'll deserve a holiday by then. Here are the details...

Following up our extremely successful Morocco and Himalayan trips, we have introduced a new Sideburn tour for early February 2018, in Lesotho, Southern Africa, with our trusted partners at MotoAventures.

This is a brand new trip, and the Sideburn group will be the first to experience it. Because of this, and because of our great relationship with MotoAventures, we have a special price of €3100 per person (see details below). MotoAventures tell us the price will of this tour raise to something in the region of €4000 after this first trip.

The adventure starts and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa with seven days of riding in the middle in the landlocked kingdom. Accommodation is a mix of high quality hotels and lodges every night. I've included some links to the accommodation in the itinerary below.

The ride will take place on late-model BMW Twins. The route is roughly 50% road and 50% trail/off-road. This is what MotoAventures say about the trip.

'The riding in and around Lesotho is exceptional both on and off road. It comprises the best riding I have ever done. The new Chinese asphalt from Sani to Maliba is undoubtedly the best road riding I've ever done anywhere in the world, no question. The off roading is perfect for the bigger adventure bikes, challenging but not too much.

'Lesotho needs to be visited, it's an amazing country, to this end the riding days are not too long allowing people to enjoy each destination. The Maletsunyane waterfall near the Semonkong Lodge has a 200m straight drop and is a must see. Sani Pass has to be ridden and many more.

'I'm super stoked about this tour, I've wanted to do it since I first visited Lesotho more than 10 years ago.'


4 February... ARRIVAL in Johannesburg, transfer to Waterfront Country Lodge

5 February... Waterfront to Clarens, Protea Hotel...272km.

6 February... Clarens to Katse Lodge...230km.

7 February... Katse to Semonkong Lodge...178km.

8 February... Semonkong to Tiffendel Ski Lodge...261km.

9 February... Tiffendel to Hineville (Moorcroft Manor)...377km.

10 February... Hineville to Maliba...282km.

11 February... Maliba to Waterfront...313km.

12 February... Transfer to Jo'burg airport.


  • Motorcycle rental - late model BMW twin motorcycle – GS800

  • 8 nights accommodation, based on sharing a twin room

  • Evening meals and breakfasts

  • Transfers from and back to Johannesburg airport

  • Rental of individual Garmin satnav. This is one of the many great things about the MotoAventures tours, you have your own Garmin with the route inputted, so you ride at your own pace, no stress waiting or trying to keep up with other riders


  • Flights to and from Johannesburg

  • Personal travel insurance with repatriation cover (essential)

  • Fuel

  • Drinks

  • Tourist visa for South Africa (if your nationality dictates it)

  • Damage to motorcycle (deposit of approx: 1000 euros)

  • Lunches or snacks bought on the road


A 30% non-returnable deposit, paid to MotoAventures, at the time of booking is accepted as part of the total cost of the tour. The balance of the total cost for the tour must reach MotoAventures no later than EIGHT weeks before the tour date. (You’ll get an auto reminder)

A lot of this Icon Raiden video was shot in Lesotho during a longer MotoAventures tour. It gives you a taste of the terrain and riding.

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