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Natural Tourist Attractions

The 1970 hectare Bokong Nature Reserve lies at the head of the Mafika-Lisiu pass en route to Katse Dam. Reaching altitude of 3090 metres above sea level, it is the highest nature reserve in Africa that is accessable by motor vehicle. An attractively situated visitors centre is located next to a spectacular waterfall formed where the Lepaqoa stream drops down a sheer cliff-face into the valley below. The Tséhlanyane National Park, Tsehlanyane National Park has an altitude ranging from 1940 to 3112 metres and is considered mostly sub-alpine. . It owes its origin to the access road to the Hlotse tunnel as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It is located deep in the front range of the Maluti mountains at junction of the Tséhlanyane and Hololo rivers, is reached by a 32km gravel access road (presently being tarred), which leaves the main A1 route 3km south of Botha-Bothe. Containing exceptional scenic, natural and wildness features, the park also preserves significant biodiversity. Tséhlayane encompasses over 5 600hectares of extremely rugged mountain terrain. It is one of the very few indigenous woodland areas in Lesotho, and contains a number of undergrowth plants that are unique to his habitat. The reserve also boasts some mountain fynbos as well as berg bamboo on the banks of the streams which provide habitat for the endangered butterfly species Metisella Syrinx. There is some small game to be seen, and birdlife includes bearded vulture and ground woodpecker.

Sehlabathebe National Park

This is the oldest nature reserve in the Lesotho, remote and rugged but predictably peaceful and stunningly beautiful.. Set on the border with South Africa in the southern reaches of the Drakensberg at an average altitude of 2400m, the park is best known for its prolific birdlife, including the rare bearded vulture (or lammergeier), excellent trout fishing on the Tsoelikana River, waterfalls, rock paintings and ancient Basotho stone dwellings, and seemingly endless open spaces just perfect for hiking. Sehlabathebe is also characterised by impressive sandstone rock formations that project from the grasslands and the mountains. The Orange River, whose source can be found in the highlands of Lesotho, flows through the park on its long journey west to the sea The tranquil beauty of this isolated reserve harbours buck and rare birds. There are also a few game animals: baboons, rhebuck, eland and the secretive oribi antelope, mongoose, otters, wild cats and jackals. In good weather you probably won't be in any hurry to leave, but at any time of year mists and rain can emerge out of nowhere, even on the finest of days, so come prepared. The best places to stay is in the Sethlabathebe National Park and just outside the park at Khotso Mountain Lodge .

The Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Project

Spectacular mountains, dramatic escarpment, endless adventure

The Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area folded into the Maloti and the Drakensberg mountains featuring more than 2 500 species of flora, the highest falls in southern Africa, home of the critically endangered bearded vulture, one of the finest outdoor galleries of rock paintings in the world, some of the most important dinosaur remains on earth, kingdoms, natural fortresses, ancestral rituals, mountain pools, hiking, pony trekking, abseiling the Maletsunyane Falls, rock climbing, ice climbing and skiing. To be present amidst such diversity and majesty is to feel more alive than ever. (include the map from boundless) The Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area straddles the borders of South Africa and Lesotho and includes the Maloti and Drakensberg Mountain ranges.It encompasses the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, Golden Gate National Park, Qwa Qwa National Park, Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa and Sehlabathebe National Park, Tsehlanyane Nature Reserve, Bokong Nature Reserve and Lets’eng–la–Letsie wetlands in Lesotho The spectacular mountain road that cross the Sani Pass serves as an entry point into Lesotho from South Africa´s uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park. From Sani Top village, Thabana-Ntlenyana, the highest mountain in Southern Africa at 3482 metres, is a 15km hike away. Travelling on into Lesotho, the dramatic ´Roof of Africa´route unfolds through the 3 240 metre Kotisepola Pass, down into Sehong-hong River valley and the town of Mokhotlong. Built as one of the series od dams in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to export water to South Africa, the huge Katse dam with its 185 - metre high dam wall - the hiest in Africa - has become one of the country's most important tourist attractions. Katse Botanical Gardens display Lesotho´s diverse mountain flora and plant heritage in a natural setting, as well as preserving rare and endangered species such as the national flower, the spiral aloe. Situated just off the main route from Botha-Bothe to Oxbow and Mokhotlong, the Liphofung Nature Reserve features a large cave overhang in the Clarens sandstone. Once a Bushman shelter and later used by King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho nation, the cave features stone-age rock paintings as well as rich archaeological deposits. A cultural and historical site of great importance, Liphofung has been developed with the focus on cultural education and the preservation of the rock paintings, as well as the legacy of early Basotho history of the area. Local guides are available to interpret the historical, cultural and natural significance of the site and the area as a whole, while cultural displays, such as traditional dancing, may also be enjoyed. There is a site museum and visitors´ facilities include a craft outlet and a playground. Overnight accommodation is available in self catering chalets and stone huts, with traditional meals by prior arrangement. Besides the cultural and historical aspects of the site there are also various interesting geological features to be seen in the area. The nearby Moteng valley provides a valuable opportunity to view the traditional Basotho lifestyle. For further information please click here