Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre
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Oxbow is one of the few places in Africa where snow skiing is possible, although the quality of the snow depends of the vagaries of the weather and the large differential between night and daytime temperatures in the winter season, which can cause the snow to melt rapidly. Normally, skiing is possible in July and August. Even if skiing is not possible, this is a wonderful area for walking and bird watching.
Routes to Oxbow
The road from Butha-Buthe to Oxbow is the original "Roof of Africa" rally route. It is a quite spectacular journey, going over a number of mountain passes and spending much of the journey at over 3000m. From Butha Buthe, the road goes north for 15km, then at a junction goes east and climbs into the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. It ascends the Moteng Pass at 2840m, and then drops down into the upper valley of the Malibamatso River. Here, one comes to Oxbow Lodge, an upmarket ski resort. It is possible to free camp near the lodge and to enjoy the stories of Costas the owner and to enjoy his great bar across the river.
A bus runs daily between Mokhotlong and Butha Buthe via Oxbow. From Mokhotlong, the buses leave from opposite PEP Stores in the main street. Since the opening of the new tar road, minibus taxis now also run the route.
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