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Best Hiking Trails in Lesotho

Overview

Lesotho is a small mountainous kingdom located entirely within South Africa and is a perfect destination for hikers – the whole country sits above 1000 metres.  Known as the “kingdom of the sky” and the “Switzerland of Africa”. The Drakensberg Escarpment and the Maluti Mountains are the two main ranges to explore here, and popular areas include Bokong Nature Reserve, Tsehlanyane National Park, Sehlabathebe National Park and many village to village treks. The best months to hike in Lesotho are April – May and October – November. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Lesotho. 

Capital: Maseru

When To Hike in Lesotho?

April – May; October – November: Driest and most pleasant months
June – September: Could be too snowy
December – March: Rainy and hot
Climate: Temperate with alpine characteristics – cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers

 

Lesotho Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While the hiking is fantastic here, there aren’t a lot of established trails as such; the trails are old footpaths that people use to get around.  You need maps to get around which are available from tourist offices.  No restrictions for hiking/camping, but should get permission from village chiefs.

Transportation required: Sturdy vehicle required to access most trailheads

Where to stay in Lesotho for hiking:

  • Semonkong
  • Mokhotlong
  • Sehonghong
  • Mantsonyane
  • Maputsoe
  • Moteng

Top Places to Hike in Lesotho

The entire country is mountainous and there’s old footpaths crisscrossing the whole landscape. The main mountain ranges are the Drakensburg Mountains and the Maluti Mountains. The best thing to do is base yourself in villages and lodges and hire guides from there. Some of the popular villages are: Semonkong, Mokhotlong, Sehonghong, Mantsonyane, Maputsoe and Moteng. Highest Mountain: Thabana Ntlenyana (3482 m), highest point in southern Africa, in the Drakensberg range, very close to SA border. The map shows some of the parks/areas that are popular.

Filter out hiking places of Lesotho by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Bokong Nature Reserve

Drakensberg Escarpment

  • Drakensburg Traverse is a well known long distance trail that goes from SA into Lesotho and back to SA

Sehlabathebe National Park

  • Least visited NP

Ts’ehlanyane National Park

  • Well marked trails

Lesotho's Long Distance Trails

  • Ha Lejone to Oxbow – 3-4 day hike
  • Semongkong to Malealea – 3 day hike
  • Mokhotlong to Thahana Ntlenyana – 3-4 day hike
  • Sani Top to Seblabathebe – 3 day hike
  • Sehonghong to Sehlabathebe – 2-3 day hike
  • Drakensberg Traverse – long distance trail between South Africa and Lesotho
  • Roof of Africa trail – 25 km, for trail running

Lesotho's Walking & Hiking Resources

Lesotho Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, by James Bainbridge and Jean-Bernard Carillet, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications
  • Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, by Rough Guides, 2018, APA Publications

 

Lesotho Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Lesotho:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Ha Lejone to Oxbow – 3-4 day hike
  • Semongkong to Malealea – 3 day hike
  • Mokhotlong to Thahana Ntlenyana – 3-4 day hike
  • Sani Top to Seblabathebe – 3 day hike
  • Sehonghong to Sehlabathebe – 2-3 day hike
  • Giant’s Cup Trail
  • Maliba Circular Route – Tsehlanyane National Park
  • Litsumi Cave Trail – Tsehlanyane National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Lesotho:

  • Maletsunyane Falls Overlook Trail
  • Maliba Upper Trail to Black Pool – Tsehlanyane National Park

 

Lesotho Hiking Websites:

 

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What Else To Do

  • Pony trekking
  • Katse Dam
  • Abseiling world’s longest commercial drop
  • Mountain biking

Other Important Points