Adventure seekers will love the outdoor adventure activities in Lesotho.
The combination of an amazingly welcoming country, rugged scenery, a great outdoor climate and a long list of things to do, including some amazing adventure opportunities, will see you return to this lofty Kingdom of the Sky again and again.
To get to the only country in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres, 4x4 adventurers, mountain bikers and hikers arrive from South Africa via the famous Sani Pass. This spectacular mountain pass meanders over the Drakensberg escarpment from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and across what is affectionately known as the Roof of Africa, into Lesotho. The Sani Pass is synonymous with adventure because of the combination of its remote location and the white-knuckle ride that it takes to get to the top. If you are among the exceptionally fit you can even join the legions of marathon runners who tackle the pass on foot each year.
Have a well deserved rest at the top of the pass at the highest pub in Africa before continuing your Lesotho adventure.
Lesotho offers a list of different activities suited to both summer and winter. Because of its altitude, the weather in Lesotho is cool throughout the year. Heavy snowfalls blanket the escarpment in winter and turn the country into a winter wonderland, perfect for skiers and snowboarders. A winter adventure in Lesotho is for everyone. After a few lessons by an experienced instructor you are ready to hit the slopes or test your skills at the snowboard park.
No visit to Lesotho is complete without experiencing the transport of choice for most Basothos – the pony. A pony trekking adventure at Malealea is the ideal way to enjoy the Lesotho countryside. Ponies can handle narrow passes so you gain access to parts of the country that you wouldn’t see from a car. The sure-footed Basotho pony allows you to traverse mountain passes, cross rivers and visit far-off villages.
Ride a motor cycle across passes with descriptive names such as ‘God Help Me Pass’ or ‘the Devil’s Steps’ or take a river-hugging 4x4 trail to Semonkong and the thundering Maletsunyane Falls, one of the highest single drop waterfalls in the world, where an abseiling adventure awaits.
The Bokong Nature Reserve, the Sehlabathebe and Ts’ehlanyane National Parks are hikers’ havens with rock pools, waterfalls and rock paintings.
From September to May anglers try their luck in the many easily accessible trout fishing sites dotted all around Lesotho. Brown trout, rainbow trout and carp abound. Wade into the river and spend your day casting lines into the clear mountain water.
For more water based adventures, head to the Katse dam. Here, sunset cruises allow visitors to marvel at the ingenuity of the engineering of tunnels and bridges in this mountainous wonderland.