These are quieter roads, very few tourists use this route. Spectacular
sandstone passes along the Orange River valley. Completely different
to the Central & Northern routes of Lesotho.
(This tour can be shortened to a 4 DAY TRIP)
Arrive at Malealea
|| Spend the day exploring the Malealea "Gates
of Paradise Pass" area either 4 x 4, pony treks or hikes.
|| Malealea, Mpharane, Mohaleshoek - Seaka Bridge.
Just before Seaka bridge, turn left and drive along a track
for 92 kms to the village of Nohana. On the left hand side lives
Chief Nohana who will welcome you to his beautiful village.
Camping. Beautiful sandstone cliffs and gorges. Trout fishing
in the nearby Ketane river.
|| You have to back track to the Senqu River,
but the views back are spectacular and unspoilt. The historical
cave house of Rev Ellenberger & his family is at
the Masitise Primary School just before Quthing. He established
the Paris Evangelical mission in 1835. Here you can view a dinosaur
footprint embedded in the roof of the cave and the local
priest will tell you about the history of the families. Just
past the turnoff to Mt. Moorosi from Quthing are more Dinosaur
Footprints embedded in the rock. There is a Danish-government
sponsored complex at the sight alongside the road a few hundred
metres from the turn off. Drive past Mt Moorosi and up
the nearby mountain away from the main town. Introduce yourself
to the chief or head man and find a compsite. A spectacular
view overlooking the Orange or Senqu River.Here is the Mt. Moorosi
mountain, well known for the gun war of Chief Moorosi and the
Cape Mounted Rifles. (Old bullets are still found on the mountain
& Paul Krugerís inscription is inside one of the caves.)
Either continue on the tar road to the
Seforong Gorge, one of the most spectacular sights,
where two rivers meet in two canyons. At the Ha Reeng School
sign turn left into the first village and ask for Paulus Thelang.
This is difficult 4 x 4 track to traverse, but full of excitment
trying to get to one of the most beautiful sites in Lesotho.
Take a hike down to the confluence of the Orange River. Option
to drive through the Mokoaes Valley, turn off to Letsies
lake, backtrack and continue to Mphaki and onto Seforong. (You
will need an extra day, the variations are endless)
|| Continue to Sehalabathebe National park,
where you can overnight at a basic lodge.
|| From Sehlabathebe, drive over the Matebeng
Pass and camp en-route. On my previous trip in April, 98,
the original road had washed away and we were diverted to drive
along ariver bed for someway. A perfect camping spot amongst
|| Continue via Sehonghong to Sani Pass.