Southern Lesotho Route

This is a trans Lesotho tour from Malealea to the Sani Pass. These are quieter roads. Very few tourists use this route. View spectacular sandstone passes along the Orange River valley. This route is completely different to the Central & Northern routes of Lesotho.

This tour is normally 8 days long but can be shortened to a 4 days.

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Malealea

  • Day 2

    Spend the day exploring the Malealea “Gates of Paradise Pass” area either by 4×4, pony treks or hiking.

  • Day 3

    Malealea, Mpharane, Mohaleshoek – Seaka Bridge. Just before Seaka Bridge, turn left and drive along a track for 92km to the village of Nohana. Chief Nohana lives on the left hand side. He will welcome you to his beautiful village.
    Camping. Beautiful sandstone cliffs and gorges. Trout fishing in the nearby Ketane river.

    Day 4

    You have to back track to the Senqu River, but the views back are spectacular and unspoilt. The historical cave house of Rev Ellenberger & his family is at the Masitise Primary School just before Quthing. He established the Paris Evangelical mission in 1835. Here you can view a dinosaur footprint embedded in the roof of the cave and the local priest will tell you about the history of the families. Just past the turnoff to Mt. Moorosi from Quthing there are more dinosaur footprints embedded in the rock. There is a Danish-government sponsored complex at the sight alongside the road a few hundred metres from the turn off. Drive past Mt Moorosi and up the nearby mountain away from the main town. Introduce yourself to the chief or head man and find a compsite. There is a spectacular view overlooking the Orange or Senqu River. This is the Mt. Moorosi Mountain, well known for the gun war of Chief Moorosi and the Cape Mounted Rifles. Old bullets are still found on the mountain & Paul Kruger’s inscription is inside one of the caves.

  • Day 5

    You have two options that you can take.
    The first option is to continue on the tar road to the Seforong Gorge, one of the most spectacular sights, where two rivers meet in two canyons. At the Ha Reeng School sign turn left into the first village and ask for Paulus Thelang. This is difficult 4×4 track to traverse, but it is very exciting trying to get to one of the most beautiful sites in Lesotho. Take a hike down to the confluence of the Orange River.
    The second option is to drive through the Mokoaes Valley, turn off to Letsies lake, backtrack and continue to Mphaki and onto Seforong. You will need an extra day to do this and the variations of the trip are endless.

  • Day 6

    Continue to Sehalabathebe National park where you can stay overnight at a basic lodge.

  • Day 7

    Drive over the Matebeng Pass and camp en-route. On my previous trip in April, 98, the original road had washed away and we were diverted to drive along a river bed for someway. There is a perfect camping spot amongst poplar trees

  • Day 8

    Continue via Sehonghong to Sani Pass.

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