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Road trips around Lesotho
Most routes mentioned in this website are accessible with a normal two-wheel drive vehicle (though road conditions deteriorate rapidly after heavy rains - enquire locally).
The exceptions are:
- The Sani Pass is only open to four-wheel drive vehicles if you're going up (you won't be let through the South African border with two wheel drive). Going down in a two-wheel vehicle is possible but not recommended. Though do note the following: the road between Sani Top and Mokhotlong is negotiable in a normal vehicle although rough in places.
- Oxbow-Mokhotlong road is now full tar though ice can be a problem in winter.
- Makunyapane to Sehonghong road down the Senqu valley is 4WD only.
- Qachas Nek to Sehonghong road shown on most maps no longer exists.
- Sehonghong-Sehlabathebe road over the Matabeng Pass is appalling - 4WD only.
- Sehlabathebe Park Lodge can be reached by normal vehicle from Matatiele (via Ramatseliso's Gate) and from Qachas Nek.
- Quthing-Qachas Nek road is rough in places, but negotiable by normal vehicle.
- Mokhotlong-Thaba Tseka road is accessible to normal vehicles.
If you do have a 4x4, you can travel deep into the heart of this exquisite country.
Tips for a good road trip
Good planning is vital for a fun, hassle-free trip around Lesotho. Here are some tips that will help you prepare.
The Maloti Route is an exciting initiative that spans the borders between South Africa and Lesotho. It provides an opportunity to contrast the two countries, which have very different histories, but are so intertwined geographically and culturally as to be committed to each other for the benefit of the entire region.