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Lesotho's ponies are famed for their sure-footedness and pony treks into the mountains are a popular attraction.
The Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is a joint eco-tourism initiative between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. The route features approximately 13 000km2 of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery along South Africa's north-eastern border with Lesotho, including parts of the Drakensberg Mountains on the KwaZulu-Natal side, a Lesotho national park and the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site.
Famous names like the Amphitheatre and Giant's Castle fall within its ambit and if you're a hiker or nature lover, you will fall in love with the wild all over again as you amble along the contour paths that criss-cross these popular and scenic parts of the Drakensberg range.
More than 22 000 San rock art paintings, recording the daily lives and spiritual adventures of the so-called First People, are to be found on this route,
In summer, the Maloti Drakensberg Heritage Route is a place of extraordinary beauty – pistachio-green grasslands, high twists of montane forest, clear streams, a fairy world of tree ferns and mosses that begs to be explored on foot.
But winter is when the mountains are at their grandest, their most implacably majestic, covered in a fondant-white snow and beckoning adventurers to take to their slopes at Afriski or watch raptors soaring above the escarpment at Sani Pass.