Maluti Mountains

Travel to Maluti Mountains – High Alpine Mountain Range

The Maluti Mountains (also spelled Maloti), are a mountain range found in the highlands of Lesotho and named the Drakensberg in South Africa. They form a high alpine basalt plateau up to 3400m in height. The highest point is Thabana Ntlenyana 3482m in the north-east. Snow and frost may be found even in summer on the highest peaks.

The sources of two of the principal rivers in South Africa, the Orange River and the Tugela River, are in these mountains. Tributaries of the Caledon River, which forms the country’s western border, also rise here.

It was here in the Maluti Mountains that the Basotho fled from the Zulu King Shaka in the 19th century. The Maluti Mountains became their fortress and protection.

See spectacular mountain views including the highest peak in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana at 3482m. You can also spot a variety of birds and see the local Basotho people. For the ultimate experience spend a night in a Basotho village where you’ll here traditional cultural songs and learn about their culture and traditions.

Activities are in abundance in the Maluti Mountains for those seeking exhilirating adventures. These include; pony trekking on native Basotho ponies, mountain climbing, mountaing biking, 4×4 trails, hang-gliding and para-gliding. Also during May, June and July it is possible to try your hand at skiing.

Get around the Maluti Mountains on foot, skis, horseback or by four wheel drive vehicle.

  • Trek on native Basotho ponies through the mountains or trek on foot.
  • Enjoy extreme activities such as para-gliding, hang-gliding and mountain biking.
  • Stay in a local Basotho village to learn about their culture and traditions.


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