Lesotho The Mountain Kingdom

Lesotho

The roof of Africa

…also known as the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is a high-altitude landlocked kingdom.

As a result it is totally encircled by South Africa. Only 1 of three countries in the world that is completely surrounded by 1 other country. It is crisscrossed by a network of expansive rivers, vast valleys and truly scenic, panoramic views of breathtaking mountain ranges.

This  includes the 3,482m  high peak of Thabana Ntlenyana, not to mention some spectacular waterfall drops such as Maletsunyane Falls near Semongkong.

Furthermore this stunning country holds a wealth of experiences in store for all visitors. It is well known for it’s rich possession and active mining of diamonds. Most noteworthy is it has the highest diamond mine in the world.

The hugely successful LHWP – Lesotho Highlands Water Project – which includes the beautiful katse dam not only supplies hydropower to Lesotho but also services the greater Gauteng province in South Africa for it’s domestic & industrial requirements.

Packed with awesome adventure options that lures fly fishermen, hikers and 4×4 enthusiasts!

It’s diverse culture is both fascinating & interesting. The Basotho people, who had fled from their original homes as a result of struggles with the emergent might of the Zulu under Shaka Zulu, were first unified under Moshoeshoe I in about 1818.  He eventually became the first king of Basutoland.  He settled his people at Thaba-Bosiu.  close to the place which is now the countries capital, Maseru

As a result of further conflict over territory with the trekboers, King Moshoeshoe I requested aid from Britain, and Basutholand (later Lesotho) became a British Crown Colony in 1884. 

Lesotho achieved independence from Britain in 1966, and is still a kingdom to this day.  The present King Lesotho is Letsie III

In the Southern part of the country is the Sehlabathebe National Park – a flagship park that is a must on the itinerary of any visitor, offering majestic scenery and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

This country in the sky is renowned for its extremes and weather is just another aspect. It has boasted some really magnificent snow falls plummeting temperatures WELL below freezing and displaying some picture perfect landscapes and rendering road passes challenging, even in 4×4 vehicles. Choose your season carefully!

Sani Pass

The spectacular Sani Pass is an approximately 9km long, 4×4 only road which climbs from 1544m in South Africa, to 2876m at the border crossing in Lesotho.

Consequently this road is extreme and one of the most accessible (4×4 only) adventure tour routes in KZN – for which our Land Rover vehicles are ideally suited. During the winter snow falls the pass is rendered extremely challenging at times putting even the best 4×4 vehicles to the test! It includes magnificent panoramic views around every twist and turn on the many hair-pin bends en route. The pass itself is entirely within the borders of South Africa, with the Lesotho border point being at the top of the pass.

Once your Passport has been stamped at the Boarder Post there are some wonderful small, shanty kiosk/shops that have a selection of local’s  handcrafted jewellery, curios, fabric bags and beanie’s (warm head gear!). In addition is some locally brewed Maluti Beer. Also an almost compulsory stop is the Sani Top Pub and Restaurant due to it being the highest pub in Africa.  This famous place has its own unique character & ambience!

OUR ADVENTURE TOURS

Check out our 4x4 Overland tours of Lesotho