IT’S SNOWING on the Maloti Drakensberg Route

So what are you doing this winter? Dreams of alpine skiing and a white winter with snow falling gently down on the Alps? But the budget says no? Well, think again. It’s yours for the taking, right here on your doorstep.

How does skiing, bum-boarding, throwing snowballs or a sip of gluwein sound? It’s time to let the mind wander… and take your body there.

A major cold front has hit Southern Africa bringing the first good snowfalls to TIFFINDELL SKI RESORT in the Eastern Cape Highlands as well as at AFRISKI in Lesotho, both on the Maloti Drakensberg Route. The Maloti Drakensberg Route spans three provinces and two countries and boasts the only two ski resorts in Southern Africa, one in South Africa and one in Lesotho.

Staff members at Tiffindell had their first ski and snowboard runs last week. Apparently it was too difficult to keep them off the slopes so they downed tools and had a few runs. Under new ownership and fresh snow, one can now see the benefit of all the hard work that has taken place getting the resort ready for the season. With highly qualified management teams with professional ski instructors, both Afriski and Tiffindell are two resorts which aim to give people the chance to get up into the Alpine terrain and experience a unique environment. Afriski is located 3222 m above sea-level in the Maloti Mountains, and is the highest ski resort in Africa. It is situated near the northern border of Lesotho and South Africa. Tiffindell is located in the Southern Drakensberg at 2 720m above sea level and is the highest resort in South Africa. Both resorts are fully kitted out and you can rent all the equipment you need and kids love it too!

The Maloti Drakensberg Route has 302 members in the Eastern Free State, Lesotho, the Eastern Cape Highlands and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg - all offering accommodation ranging from backpackers to five stars, loads of arts and crafts, cultural and heritage offerings plus a hugely diverse range of activities that suits all pockets and age groups.

So be captivated… Be with nature... Be immersed… Be active and adventurous. It’s life enriching stuff.

Be there.

The Maloti Drakensberg Route - the by-ways to Southern Africa’s magnificent mountain splendour. 

By Nikki Tilley

For more information please see: www.snow.co.za and http://www.afriski.net/