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Eastern Lesotho

The Roof of Africa

Not for nothing is this part of Lesotho called the Roof of Africa. The Drakensberg Mountains soar into the clouds. Thabana-Ntlenyana, at 3482m, is the highest peak of Southern Africa. Dramatic mountainscapes offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Lesotho, while the tiny villages, all but cut off from vehicular traffic, display traditional lifestyles unchanged for generations.

Most people arrive in Eastern Lesotho from South Africa via the spectacular Sani Pass, but the route from Caledonspoort is easier, and the main road can be reached from the Monontsa Pass with a 4x4.


Mokhotlong is the main centre of a vast mountainous area in the east of the country. It is situated about 290 kilometres from Maseru via Butha-Buthe and is the district headquarters town of what was for long one of the remotest areas of the country.


Thaba-Tseka is a fairly new town that came into being following the construction of road from Molimo Nthuse, which joins the Hlotse to Katse road beyond Katse at Thaba-Tseka.

Sani Pass

The Lesotho border post is at Sani Top. The road drops from there down the torturous zig-zags of the Sani Pass as it descends from the mountain plateau down the Drakensberg mountains and into the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Sehlabathebe National Park

The area is full of wonderful rock formations, huge rock overhangs and many small lakes. The Prime Minister of Lesotho at the time, Leabua Jonathan, loved trout fishing and, since the dams and rivers are a fisherman's paradise, this may explain the park's existence.

Qacha’s Nek

Qacha’s Nek is the most practical entry point from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It has an airstrip that is an important centre for charter flights into the highlands. The charter company is actually based in South Africa at Matatiele 24 km to the south.

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