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Butha-buthe, Lesotho

East of Butha-Buthe, the road weaves up dramatically through spectacular mountains – part of the Drakensberg range – with rocky cliffs and rolling hills. South Africa does a good job of marketing its portion of the Drakensberg escarpment, but the raw beauty of the Lesotho section is hard to beat, with stunning highland panoramas, low population density and plenty of winter snow.

All the areas covered in this section are excellent for hiking, but you’ll need to be fully equipped with a four-season sleeping bag, waterproof gear, topographical maps and a compass. Trout fishing is reputed to be top notch.

This area has many of the country's worst stretches of main road. In places the asphalt has actually made the road more pot-holey, making for a wild and slow ride in a regular vehicle. 

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