Leseli Tours launches 4x4 Independence Expedition
Leseli Tours – a local tour operation company established a 4x4 expedition dubbed Tele to Mechechane as part of Lesotho Independence day celebrations in 2018. The initiatives also sought to promote domestic tourism in Lesotho since participants were locals. The event attracted 4 vehicles and 9 participants including LTDC as back up
Prior to the takeoff, the event was officiated by LTDC and in his opening remarks Head Strategic Marketing, Tebello Thoola said the corporation supports events that encourage domestic tourism including the 4x4 Independence expedition. He also noted that Leseli Tours, through the initiative is actually championing the domestic tourism and creating awareness to the locals. “If we pull our efforts together as a team, we become victors in the tourism industry and our intention as LTDC is to ensure that the private sector prospers and in turn creates much needed jobs for Basotho” Thoola added.
The event started in Maseru and proceeded to the southern part of the country through Mafeteng, Mohales Hoek, Quthing and Qacha’s Nek, whereat there will be a sleep-over at Sehlabathebe. The second day was spent in Sehlabathebe wherein the team was treated to horse riding, rock climbing, abseiling and a tour experience at the park. On day three, the crew departed Sehlabathebe, traversing the demanding Matebeng Pass to Sehonghong in Thaba- Tseka district. The last lap of the expedition started in Thaba Tseka whereat the convoy headed to Mokhotlong via Molumong and Sani Top then proceeded to Botha Bothe via Afri Ski then back to Maseru.
Stephen Morake from Leseli Tours indicated that the four-day expedition was meant to afford the citizens an opportunity to traverse and enjoy the country’s stunning and rugged terrain whilst testing the performance and endurance of their “big machines”. “The idea was to explore the ten districts of Lesotho to bring it to the attention of Basotho and all other travelers that it is possible to cover all the ten districts in a short space of time and still enjoy travelling” said Morake. He further noted that by so doing Lesedi Tours also seeks to support and embrace LTDC’s call to Basotho to visit their country first.
Each participant was expected to pay registration fee, part of which was used to acquire sanitary towels which were distributed to young girls during the expedition. “This therefore implies that the expedition was more than just a tour since participants enjoyed the expedition with a purpose of lending support to the local communities” said Morake.
Speaking on behalf of participants in the expedition- Sefako Mokoallo explained that it has been his dream of a life time to explore and travel around Lesotho. When I saw an advert on internet by Leseli Tours I couldn’t hesitate to register and partake in this expedition and I thank Leseli for making a dream come true pointed out Mokoallo. As Basotho it is an opportunity to learn and explore our beautiful country and become the tourism ambassadors stated Sefako.