5 Incredible Things to Do in Lesotho
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Looking for other ways to spend your time? This is our pick of the best things to do in Lesotho!
Entirely surrounded by South Africa and stretching for just over 11,500 square miles, Lesotho is often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbor. However, there are many reasons to visit the Kingdom of Heaven; so named because it is the only independent state on Earth that is completely above 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). The Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains, which stretch across much of the eastern and central sections of the country, give Lesotho the alpine climate and stunning mountainous scenery for which it is best known. Explore these magnificent landscapes on foot or on horseback; stopping in villages where smiling people still wear traditional Basotho costumes.
1. Drive the Jaw-Dropping Sani Pass
For many visitors, Lesotho is a natural addition to a larger South African itinerary. Instead of flying between the two countries, consider renting a four-wheel drive vehicle and crossing the land border via the famous Sani Pass. This spectacularly scenic gravel road connects Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal with Mokhotlong, Lesotho, and ascends 4,370 vertical feet through a series of eerie switchbacks. Recommended only for experienced off-road drivers, the pass offers some of the most beautiful views in South Africa and also offers the opportunity to stop for a drink at Sani Mountain Lodge (better known as the highest pub in Africa).
2. Go hiking in Tsehlanyane National Park
Located roughly in the center of the country, between the mountains of southern Maloti, Tsehlanyane National Park is the more accessible of Lesotho's two national parks. Come admire its stunning subalpine scenery, including crystal clear highland rivers, deep waterfalls, and mountainous landscapes dotted with indigenous fynbos. The park is best explored through an extensive network of hiking and horseback riding trails, while wildlife is sought out for ranges from eland (the world's largest antelope) to one of the largest birding attractions. from Lesotho, the threatened bearded vulture. The trails begin at Maliba Lodge, which also offers the only five-star accommodations in the country.
3. Discover fantastic rock formations in Sehlabathebe
Lesotho's other national park is remote Sehlabathebe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the eastern border with South Africa. Here, the jagged peaks of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg escarpment provide a spectacular backdrop for geological wonders that range from towering arches and caves to towering pinnacles and outcrops. All were formed by erosion processes that took place over millions of years. Main activities include hiking, walking, fly fishing, and visits to 65 ancient rock art sites located within the park boundaries. November to February is the best time to visit and see the annual Sehlabathebe wildflowers.
4. Learn about the ancient rock art of Ha Baroana
If you love the rock art sites of Sehlabathebe, don't miss Ha Baroana too. Located to the west, near the town of Matela, the name of this place can be translated as "House of the Bushmen", referring to the people of the San tribe who lived in this area and were descendants of the first peoples of Africa. . All the paintings are on a huge sandstone wall that juts out over the Liphiring River. Paintings of sacred eland are more common, although hunters and their prey are also depicted. The oldest paintings are believed to be 2,000 years old. Ha Baroana is only an hour's drive from Maseru.
5. Add to your birding list at Lake Letsie
Interested bird watchers should definitely take a trip to Lake Letsie, Lesotho's largest freshwater lake and the only wet Ramsar site in the country. The lake, which is part of the Letsang-la-Letsie Nature Reserve, attracts many different species of waterfowl. It is also surrounded by grasslands that provide important habitat for specials such as the blue crane and southern bald ibis; while the foothills of the coast offer opportunities to observe endemic species such as the Drakensberg rock jumper and the Drakensberg siskin. Summer is the best time to visit and have a chance to pick up seasonal migrants, while the closest accommodation is a two-hour drive away at Mount Moorosi Chalets.
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