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Lesotho Popular Places to Visit

Bushmans Pass

his big pass is located on the A 3 main route between Maseru in the west and the much smaller village of Fosi in the east. It displays an altitude variance of 487 meters over a distance of 11.9 km producing an average gradient of 1:27, but there are several very steep sections at 1:5.

The pass is also commonly known as Bushman's Pass or Bushmen's Pass. Most maps use the spelling Bushman's, but the official sign at the summit is spelled as Bushmen's Pass.

The pass has 65 bends, corners and curves compressed within its length and with a summit height of 2277 m ASL it receives regular snowfalls. During very cold conditions ice might be present on the roadway, which is extremely dangerous - even for 4WD vehicles. Being one of the main routes in Lesotho the road carries a steady flow of traffic. Be wary of large trucks and buses that need the whole roadway to negotiate the sharper bends.

Mohale, Lesotho

God Help Me Pass

The God Help Me Pass, or Lekhalong-la-Molimo-Nthuse in Sesotho, is a mountain pass (elev. 2318 m) in western Lesotho. It is the second mountain pass on the A 3 road going into the central highlands. The road ascends steeply from the village of Setibing, and near the summit is the Basotho Pony Trekking Centre, which offers a variety of trekking expeditions. The Makhaleng River flows close by Setibing, and its valley forms the western approach to the pass. The higher Blue Mountain Pass (2641 m), Lekhalong-la-Thaba-Putsoa, is a few kilometres further east, and the first mountain pass, Bushman's Pass, Lekhalong-la-Baroa, (2266 m) is about 10 km to the west, rising from the village of Nazareth.

 

Mohale, Lesotho

Blue Mountain Pass

This is one of the longest passes on the tarred A3 route between Maseru and Mohale at 18.3 km. Although the average gradient is a mild 1:40, those numbers are diluted by the long plateau section in the middle. The reality is that the gradients get steep at either end - as steep as 1:6.This is another high altitude pass reaching a maximum of 2642m ASL. The pass is also commonly called the Blue Mountain Pass. This is one of the coldest parts of Lesotho in winter and summer.

There are plenty of bends, corners and curves to keep you busy - a total of 95 of them and of those 12 are greater than 90 degrees, which include two hairpin bends.

The road is in a good condition and can be driven in any vehicle, but the usual Lesotho cautionaries apply of ice and snow on the road in winter, free roaming livestock, slow moving trucks and the ubiquitous herdsmen. The area can be subject to severe electrical storms in the summer months.

Mohale, Lesotho

Motebong Lodge

Motebong lodge is located on what was a construction staff residential camp during the construction of the Katse dam’s transfer tunnel, following the signing of the Lesotho Highlands water project treaty in 1986. The camp has now been converted to a comfortable guest accommodation with a restaurant serving choice dishes and a well-stocked bar while retaining features that reflect its rich history.

Located on the banks of the Katse dam, the camp provided an exciting water sports opportunities for the only guest as the facility with direct access to Katse dam.

Motebong Lodge is situated just outside the town of Ha Lejone +- 45 kilometers before the Katse Dam.

Motebong lodge not only provides comfortable guest accommodation, but is also an ideal location for high altitude training and has hosted teams such as the SA rowing Olympics team for its high altitude training camps since 2013. Because of the peaceful and quite surrounding’s, Motebong is also ideal for hosting team building sessions and workshops. The scenic surroundings also make it ideal for landscape photography and location for various television productions – the prize-winning movie company Giant films TV shot a Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) campaign from the surrounding sites.

Ha Lejone, Lesotho

Mafika-lisiu Pass,

Travelling North along the A1 from Maseru and passing through the town of Teyateyaneng .Turn right onto the Nelson Mandela road.Bokong Nature Reserve is one of the highest reserves in Africa. It lies at the top of the Mafika-Lisiu Pass, leading to Katse Dam and reaches an altitude of 3090 m above sea level.

There are some outstanding views across the highlands. However, the reserves highlight is the Lepaqoa Waterfall, which freezes in winter to form a column of ice.

The visitors’ centre (open between 08:00 and 17:00 daily) at the Bokong Nature Reserve is perched on the edge of a 100 m cliff, was built with the aim of educating visitors to the kingdom about the ecology, geological and palaeontological history of the Lesotho Highlands. You may see cattle posts (metebo) which are the ruins of interconnected cattle shelters and kraals for stock that were built from stone.

Reasonable populations of Rebuck still occur on the plateau grass and heartlands, and the whole area abounds with colonies of the endemic ice rat which despite its cute appearance is heavily predated by all the small and medium mammalian carnivores and avian raptors in the area.

Descending towards the Katse Dam.

Katse, Lesotho

Mount Moorosi

Mount Moorosi is a mountain in the Drakensberg mountain range on the banks of the Orange River in southern Basutoland. It acquired the name Moorosi's Mountain after Moorosi, the Chief of a local tribe, who, after committing acts deemed to hostile to the Cape Colonial administration, fortified himself on the mountain.

Mt Moorosi Chalet are self catering ,with amazing mountain scenery suurounding it!

Mt Moorosi, Lesotho

Echo Caves-lesotho

We take a leisurely drive through rural farmlands and scenic villages along the way! After +-30 minutes of  walking,we will stop at a village perched overlooking the Makhaleng River Valley. From here well descend via a single bridle track/pathway at a +-35 degree gradient towards the Makhaleng river basin!

Our guide will lead the way and give explanations along the way,about the area we are about to enter! Please be careful of the footing,as it becomes very treacherous at various points!

The 2 x caves are called-Tohlang place 1 and 2 and the whole area is called-Lehaha Le Eabuoy Ego Caves-which means ,the caves of Echoes!                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Malealea Village, Lesotho

Botsoela Waterfall

Panoramic views to the Gates to Paradise valley with farmlands, grassland around is dotted with the yellow flowers of Euryops, the white Arum Lilies, the bright red and yellow colours of the Red-Hot Pokers and plenty of other wild flowers. The 4x4 drive takes us to Botsoela Waterfall is an 50 minute drive and a 50 minute drive return and a +- 3 hours hike or Pony Trek. The walk down takes 10 minutes and return 15 minutes walk back up the single track. If we are lucky a small group of boys will be playing and dancing with their home-made musical instrument,which echoes off the Botsoela Falls cliff face. There’s basically only one section you might need help with! After viewing of the Botsoela Falls we return to the 4x4 vehicle, the ascending road pass becomes very rugged before  the summit . We drive to the view point overlooking the Gates to Paradise valley from East to West!

Malealea Village, Lesotho

Mount Qiloane

The origins of Mokorotlo are unclear. A similarly shaped hat, called a Toedang, was commonly worn by the Cape Malays, who are descendants of slaves from the East Indies. It is believed that the Sotho may have adopted the Mokorotlo through exposure to these hats.

The Mokorotlo is the object which was used to cast rulings in customary courts, similar to the symbolism of a gavel in western societies. It was designed to resemble the mountains where Moshoeshoe the First lived during his triumphs in battles with the various nations that were attacking the Sotho.

The Mokorotlo became infamous around the 20th century, when chiefs began to wear the hat and began singing a song also known as the ‘Mokorotlo’ to garner support at village “Pitso”, which is a gathering. In its original form, it was exclusively worn by males to gatherings. However, in the 1950 s, new designs were developed to cater to women.

MT Qiloane is 1532 meters above ,sea lvel!

Thaba-bosiu, Lesotho

Kings Palace

Matseng Village ,is the Kings Palace and Royal Archives are kept.

Please no photos of the Kings Palce,are Allowed!

Matseng, Lesotho