Northern Lesotho

Drive to Lesotho entering at Van Rooyens Gate past the "GATES OF PARADISE PASS" - MALEALEA" 

AN ALTERNATIVE AND SCENIC ROUTE TO MALEALEA FROM MAFETENG. Drive back to Mafeteng, turn left at the first juction and continue for a few kms on the tar. Take the turning to the left on a gravel road. This road continues past Thaba Tsoeu and comes out at Matelile (Seeiso). Turn Right and continue a few kms to the Malealea sign. Turn Left and drive over the Gates of Paradise Pass 7 kms to Malealea.

Spend 1 or 2 days at Malealea participating in one of our activities

  1. 4 x 4 Adventure Trip to Jobo or short 4 x 4 trips to nearby villages
  2. Day Pony treks or Hiking Trails to nearby Waterfalls, Bushman paintings or the Pitseng Canyon
  3. Overnight Pony treks 1 - 6 days to Ribaneng, Ketane, Semonkong Waterfalls.

4 hour drive from Malealea to Semonkong about 150kms:

This route is over magnificent mountain passes. Take the road to the Botsoela Waterfall via Sebelekoae Mission, Raleqheka mission taking all the right turns until you get to the tar road. Turn right and continue to Semonkong. At the weir near Semonkong turn right to view the Maletsunyane Waterfall 192 m single drop.

3 hour drive from Semonkong to Roma
10 minute drive, Roma to Thaba Bosiu
Visit Thaba Bosiu, where King Moshoeshoe 1 founded the Basotho Nation. The Lesotho Tourist Board Information Centre have guides to take you up the mountain and explain the history of the Basotho Nation.
Enjoy a pool lunch at the Lesotho Sun before continuing to Oxbow Lodge. Near Teyateyaneng, on the right hand side, is a turn-off to the Helang Basali Mohair Weaving & Tapestry Centre.
On the left hand side entering Leribe is the Leribe Craft Centre. Handicapped Basotho people sell Wool & Mohair Jerseys and other curios. Continue up the Moteng Pass 2840m to Oxbow Lodge.
Or turn right at Leribe to Katse Dam.

From Oxbow, turn right at the Kao Mines sign post. The turn off to Lejone is 60 kms and takes 6 hours

  • Katse Lodge gives preference to the construction workers. Make sure you have accommodation booked and confirm 24 hrs ahead

KATSE TO SANI TOP,via Sheshote, to Malingoaneng to Tlokoeng is 75 kms and takes 8 hours, plus and hour to Sani Pass

Oxbow to Sani Pass - 3 hour drive
Katse to Sani Pass via Thaba Tseka - about 5 hours drive
Sani Pass via Thaba Tseka to Malealea - 7 - 8 hour drive.
Sani Top to Marakabei via Thab Tseka - about 4 hours.
Morija Museum is worth stopping in for a visit.