Valley, first section - all vehicles last section, strictly
experienced 4x4 drivers...
Start out at Malealea Lodge, drive for 3 km, follow the left
fork at Likhohloaneng for another 3 km, until you go through
"The Gates of Paradise Pass". A spectacular view
of the "Roof of Africa". Follow this road for another
1 km and turn left. Following this road you will have a good
view of the gorge on the right, snow capped mountains (in winter)
and villages scattered around. Up to this point it is a very
good all weather road. After 7 km driving on
a plateau, you will reach the village of Ha Qaba. There are
a few potholes and an average of 40 - 50 km/h is advised. The
road winds down to the Sekering, with a beautiful gorge on
the left. 9 km from Qaba, the road makes a 180 degree turn
to the river on the left. Follow this small two track road
for 400m along the riverbank. Turn right at the poplar trees
(good picnic spot) to cross the river. Here a high lift jack
or a second vehicle would be recommended. Our Basotho Guide
asked me the Million Dollar question, after being stuck in
the river sand for 30 minutes, "Why do you go through
the river if the bridge is just around the corner???"
This is open to suggestions! Follow the road left up the escarpment
on the opposite river bank. Follow the two track road straight
into the village, Kakoanyane and turn left onto the "main
road". Follow this road past the Ribaneng High School.
When you have travelled 9 km from the river, the road will
fork, take the right fork. (The left fork will take you
down the pass into the Ribaneng valley- also a great trip to
explore)Follow this Right winding road through villages
for another 4 km, on the main road. Here you must take the
right fork, the road is badly eroded and a 4 x 4 is recommended.
As you follow the winding roads through the villages, remember
the following code of makeshift flags, clolouring the landscape.
- White flag - Beer made of Sorghum - recommended for a strong
- Yellow flag - Beer made of Barley
- Green flag - selling vegetables.
- Red flag - selling meat.
24-Oct-02 (Leave your car at the
bottom of the pass and hike up the mountain - The road has
now washed away in sections and it will be difficult to turn
your car around.
Follow the mountain pass, at times very steep and difficult.
On your way up, don't forget to absorb the beauty of the Ribaneng
Gorge on the left and the Jobo Gorge on the right. The last
100 m being the most difficult, should only be done by very
experienced drivers as there is no turn around point and a
very tricky three point turn is required to follow the same
route back down the mountain. I would advise your passengers
to leave the car at this stage!!! When you get to the dead
end on top, it is advised you take the 20 minute hike to the
top of the mountain where a village, Jobo is situated with
the most spectacular views of Lesotho you can ever imagine.
It is this view and the challenge of the treacherous mountain
pass, which makes this 4 x 4 route a must to any visitor in
the area with the necessary experience. On your return home
take the Qaba - Malealea 4 x 4 route.
Follow the same route back to Ha Qaba. Turn right at Ha
Qaba lodge and follow this road for 1.5 km and turn right.
Turn right another 300 m further. Turn left 800 m further and
left again 300m further. Turn left 400m on and 300m further
across the river on the right and up the steep embankment.
Follow this road for 1.6 km and turn right onto the main road
to Malealea Lodge. Here you will have Mick & Di Jones welcoming
you with a lovely hot shower, a good old bottle of Tassies
and a scrumptious meal cooked by Aggie and Mantumeng. Sitting
around a fire at night with travellers from all around the
world, you can enjoy the peaceful tranquility and share a love
A leisurely hours return. ORDINARY VEHICLES, but spectacular
for 4 x 4's. A morning drive past the Botsoela waterfall and
circular route through remote villages back to Malealea. Road
is quite good and not really 4 x 4 , but magnificent scenery.
The road hugs the side of a mountain, also a hand-built road.
Drive back towards the "Gates of Paradise Pass".
Take the right fork at 3 kms from Malealea Lodge. Continue
for 14.1 kms and leave the vehicle at the bottom of the pass.
En-route the 14.1 kms do not take the road going straight,
but turn sharp right to go down the pass. To get to the top
of the waterfall look out point, hike downstream for about
500m on the right side of the stream. Hike over the small stream
and continue around the top of the gorge to the far point.
This is the best view of the waterfall and Botsoela stream
gorge. The first view of the waterfall is not the best one.
From here, on the left hand side of the stream, you can see
the path going down to the waterfall, if you wish to join the
pony trekkers. Continue the drive from the waterfall up the
pass for about 5 kms until you reach the view point.
Walk up a small hill to view the panoramic scene of Malealea
and it's valleys. Either backtrack to the lodge with views
in opposite directions or: Continue on a circular route taking
all the left turns, until you are back at Malealea via "The
Gates of Paradise." This will take about 2 ½ hours.
4 x 4 drive or Evening Sundowner Special
Test your 4 wheel drive by going to the top of the Makhaleng
river. Turn sharp left outside the wooden gate of the lodge,
go past the woolshed on the left, past the Makheteng School
on the right and about 300 m further take the right fork. Keep
right and follow all the right tracks until you drive to the
top of Gorge.
This route is over magnificent mountain passes. 150 kms
one way. Take the road to the Botsoela Waterfall, taking all
the right turns until you get to the tar road. Turn left
and continue to Semonkong. 3 ½ - 4 hours. At the weir near
Semonkong turn right to view the Maletsunyane Waterfall &
Gorge. Stay over at the Frasers Lodge or return to Malealea
via Roma. This route is longer in kilometres, but quicker in
time. 3 - 3 ½ hours.
(Dinasour footprints, Ellenbergers cave house.) Continue
along the Mt. Moorosi Road and up magnificent passes to Mpaki.
This road overlooks magnificent sandstone gorges. Return along
the back route via Letsies lake, Mokoaes valley rejoining the
road at Mt. Moorosi.
Take the road to the Botsoela Waterfall as in 1c and continue
through Basotho villages until you get to a T-Junction. From
here take all the right turns until you reach the tar road,
where you turn left and eventually pass through Roma - 2 ½
hours. Continue about 8 kms to the Thaba Bosiu turnoff. Turn
right until you get to the Thaba Bosiu information office.
Guides will take you up the historic mountain, Thaba Bosiu,
and explain in detail the history of the Basotho Nation - 1
hour hike. Continue to Maseru along the back road - 25 kms.
Obtain information at the LesothoTourist Board Information
Centre in the main street of Maseru opposite the Basotho Hat
building. En-route back to Malealea, turn off at Morija and
visit the Museum & Archives.
Malealea Lodge can arrange Basotho companions
or Professional Guides to accompany you around Lesotho on a
camping trip introducing you to the local chiefs, ensuring
that you are well looked after. You may camp privately or enjoy
the hopsitality of the local villages. In Lesotho it is etiquette
to introduce yourself to the headman or local chief. WE encourage
you to pay a small fee for your stay in his area. More often
than not, he will send someone to guard your campsite.
Take the back route on the A3, turn left towards Roma,
drive on the Semonkong Road. At Moitsupeli, where the tar ends,
turn right, drive one kilometre, turn left past Tlali Trading
station and drive for 35km.At a T-junction, turn left to Malealea
via Sebelekoane for another 35kms (There is a Malealea Sign
at the T-junction, but often gets knocked down by bored herdboys!)
From Sebelekoane to Malealea is one of the most spectacular
drives hugging along the mountainside overlooking sandstone
valleys passing by the Botsoela waterfall, as you descend and
ascend an almost miniature "Sani Pass".
We can arrange for Basotho companions to
travel with clients in their 4x4 vehicles introducing them
to various villages, where they can camp overnight and be welcomed
and protected by the various villages. The chiefs are usually
most hospitable, and a fee of R10.00pp is recommended to pay
the chief. This will encourage and involve tourism with the
local Basotho people. At the moment people are just camping
anywhere in full view of passing traffic along the roadside.
We have made contact with various villages that are just off
the main roads and people can enjoy a "Special Basotho