Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre
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Places to visit
Gateway to the Maluti
This is one of the most popular areas of Lesotho, easily reached from South Africa and a short drive from Maseru, and a great base from which to explore the Maluti Mountains. The best border posts for direct access are Maseru Bridge, Peka Bridge, Maputsoe (Ficksburg Bridge) or Caledonspoort near Butha-Buthe.
Treasure House of History
The region south of Maseru is full of local history and has many major sites that played an important part in creating the heritage of Lesotho. This is also great pony trekking country.
The area is easily accessible from Maseru, or directly from South Africa via Van Rooyens Gate or any of the nearby border posts.
Spectacular lakes and landscapes
This awe-inspiring region has opened up to tourists by the development of the massive Highland Water Project that creates both new water and electricity supplies for Lesotho and much of the nearby regions of Southern Africa. New roads into the mountains have established better access, and the new dams are creating spectacular lakes that provide stunning new vistas and are home to increasing numbers of birds. The area is great area for pony trekking, hiking and trout fishing.
The best border crossings to reach this area are at the Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg or Caledonspoort. The main Mountain Road from Maseru takes you east via Molimo Nthuse to Mantsonyane and Thaba-Tseka, while from Hlotse the main Highlands Water Project road takes you past Pitseng and Ha Lejone to the Katse Dam Wall and Bokong.
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.