Adventure awaits you in the Mountain Kingdom with a range of activities on land, on the snow and in the water. Lesotho is famous for its spectacular scenic beauty branded by breath-taking mountain ranges, towering peaks, a rich variety of flora and fauna, crystal clear streams, surging waterfalls, diverse culture and a snow blanket seen high in the mountains across the country in winter.
While travelling around the country, visitors will come across the various forms of crafts that are handmade by Basotho. The mountains, landscape and high-altitude lure bikers, 4X4 riders and hikers to explore them in search for adrenaline teasing challenges and adventure.
Sehlabathebe National Park
In the southern part of the country, the Sehlabathebe National Park – Lesotho’s flagship park, forms part of the itinerary for any visitor to Lesotho offering majestic scenery. The park is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, some of which have never been found elsewhere in the world.
Rocks of different formations, San paintings, unique wild flowers, bird sanctuary, rock pools and a waterfall. This is also a place where the rare minnow fish is found. Rheebuck oribi, mongoose, wild cat, jackal and baboons frequent the area. This park is the national designated nature reserve in Lesotho and comprises 6 500 hectares at an average elevation of 2 400 m. The park is ideal for hiking, bird-watching and contains unusual rock formations and alpine flora.
Katse, is a disease-free area, is one of Lesotho’s popular tourist destinations. It was named after a wealthy man called Katse who used to have a lot of livestock and provided agricultural produce to the local communities.
At 2,000 metres above sea level, Katse Dam is described as “a striking piece of modern engineering”. The Dam is one of less than 30 double curvature concrete arch dams in the world; one of the world’s 10 largest concrete arch dams in terms of its volume; and the highest dam in Africa. The Dam has since its construction in 1991 been attracting thousands of people who come to see this engineering creation.
Sani Top is world’s highest point at 2874 metres above sea level located at Lesotho border post in the district of Mokhotlong. The road descends the torturous meandering of the Sani pass.
It traverses through the mountain plateau down the Drakensberg mountains and into the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The spine-tingling pioneering of this route was previously travelled by Mokhotlong Motor Transport and currently is being used by adventure loving motorists.
The South African border post is 8.km from the top of the pass and Sani Lodge is a further 16k on the right. The town of Underberg is a further 19km along. The Sani Top used to be the opening to Lesotho’s Roof of Africa route that connects the breath-taking scenery of the Drakensberg with the attractions of Northern Lesotho, as well as South Africa’s Golden Gate National Park via Caledonspoort or the Monontša Pass.
Afriski is one of only two ski resorts in southern Africa, located 3222m above sea-level in the Maluti Mountains, operating in Southern Africa near the northern border of Lesotho and South Africa.
The resort is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria via the steep tarred Moteng pass and the Mahlasela pass. The resort can accommodate about 250 people and offers a 1km ski slope, plus beginner’s slope and operates during the winter months (June–August). The New Oxbow Lodge is nearby and Afri Ski rents skis and boots. There are three slopes and two ski lifts, while several alternative activities are on hand in the summer months.
Malealea, regarded as one of the top destinations in Lesotho, is a perfect one stop destination for a relaxing and adventurous holiday. A local band, using their homemade instruments, entertains guests in the evenings.
Malealea is a perfect base to enter Lesotho before travelling various routes across the country. For visitor wishing to escape the rattling noise of the town life Malealea is the ideal place, situated in a remote and rural village, where a tourist can experience peace & serenity – a real time to unwind.
Liphofung Nature Reserve
Liphofung Nature Reserve, “place of the eland” cave occupies an important place in Lesotho history. The area around ‘Moteng Valley is known for its high mountains and beautiful scenery.
Travellers can enjoy the scenery while quad biking, pony trekking to the rock art sites or bird watching. This is the smallest of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority reserves at about 4 hectares. The cave is in fact a large overhang in the Clarens sandstones, which is a typical feature of the Lesotho lowlands region.
Maletsunyane Falls, Semonkong
Maletsunyane Waterfalls, one of the highest single dropping waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere, plummets 192 metres into a spectacular gorge creating clouds of spray visible from afar.
Semonkong Lodge offers you the chance to explore the magnificent scenery and culture of Lesotho. The Lodge together with the local community provides ponies and guides for the adventure, day trips to the Maletsunyane Falls.