Dean of Maluti Tours took me on his Golden Gate Tour this week. What a privilege. We visited areas which are not usually open to the public to enjoy the most awesome viewsites, and “secret” areas where game abound. We had lots of sightings of blesbok, springbok and zebra, and even managed to get quite close to a black wildebeest which dutifully posed for his photograph. It was a very hot day, so we didn’t see that many birds. (But had The Twitcher been with us, I’m sure we would have spotted hundreds!) Even so had a wonderful sighting of a black eagle. Our tour included a stop-over at the Basotho Village. We were a bit pressed for time and since I had done cultural tour on a previous occasion, decided to give it a miss this time, only stopping to make use of their spotlessly clean ablution facilities. The tour, incidentally, really is worth doing: you get to appreciate the Basotho building styles and admire the colourfully decorated huts, learn about Basotho cultural life, drink traditional beer with the chief, and you can even have a private session with a traditional healer should you need some personal advice. (Set aside about 45 minutes for the tour.) The tour – including the trip from and back to Clarens – takes a leisurely 4 hours – this allows you enough time to take those special photographs, watch the eagles, or just contemplate the views.
Article by Toni B Walters
25 January 2013