Travel to Mokhotlong – Remote and Rugged Mountainous Region

Mokhotlong is the capital city of Mokhotlong District in Lesotho. It has a population of approximately 7,000. It was once known as the loneliest place in Africa and it sits atop the cold and windblown Drakensberg Ridge (which includes Southern Africa’s highest mountain, Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3482m).

Mokhotlong means ‘Place of the Bald Ibis’ and until the 1950’s, it had no road connection with the outside world and all goods came up from Kwa-Zulu Natal on pack animals over the Sani Pass. This changed since a tarred road to Mokhotlong was completed. However, in winter, Mokhotlong can be cut off for many weeks by snow.

Mokhotlong is home to an abundance of birdlife which visitors may like to spot, these include bald ibis, verreaux’ black eagle, cape vulture and bearded vulture. Visitors can also see spectacular mountainous scenery and breathtaking panoramic views.

Due to its isolation and remote nature, you may also see local Basotho people in their traditional clothing.

Activities that visitors can enjoy in Mokhotlong include walking and climbing in the surrounding mountains (which includes Southern Africa’s highest mountain, Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3482m) as well as skiing which is sometimes possible during the winter.

Relax at the mountaineers’ chalet just within the Lesotho border at the top of Sani Pass.

You can get from Mokhotlong to other cities by bus or minibus taxi or you can get around Mokhotlong itself by foot.

  • Hike and climb in the breathtaking rugged mountains.
  • Meet the local Basotho people.
  • Spot all manner of bird from eagles to vultures.


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