NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES
Means the “Shield of the Plateau”. This was the first National Park to be established in Lesotho, and lies in the south-eastern corner near Qacha’s Nek. It is wonderfully peaceful, and yet exciting, with striking sandstone formations, like the many “arches”. It is home to small buck and birds including, the large Bearded Vulture, the soaring “Lammergeyer”. Flowers are breathtaking, with displays of thousands of orchids. There is road access to the lodge and campsite where hiking and pony treks can be arranged. An Environmental Centre is currently being built. Swim beneath the waterfalls in rock pools, or explore the San rock paintings. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project has developed a national park and two nature reserves. Participation by the local community is emphasized with cooperation in conservation, and the opportunities that Eco-tourism brings. It is an approximately 4-hour drive from Qacha’s Nek Border Post.
The Bokong Nature Reserve
Is one of the highest reserves in Africa. It lies at the top of the Mafika Disiu Pass leading to the Katse Dam. Here one can learn about Afro-Alpine Wetlands while discovering various birds, buck and the “Ice Rat”. The Maloti Minnow, a small fish, is an endangered species, but here is protected and multiplies in the high-quality waters. There is a visitor’s centre, overnight camp site, and the accommodation is beautifully constructed from rock. Trails and hikes are plentiful, with local guides to ensure your safety. Approximately 1:15 hours from Ficksburg Border Post.
Ts’ehlanyane National Park
Is linked to Bokong by a two-day mountain hiking trail. Lying further north, it is also reachable by tar roads. One passes beautiful villages, and is welcomed at the gate. Here indigenous “Chi-chi” trees of significant size are preserved. Berg bamboo is the host plant for an endangered butterfly species. Visitors will be comfortable, and can experience the feeling of living surrounded by stone and thatch. There is a five star Lodge-Madiba where sophistication is created using natural resources, a haven for any weary traveller. Around a campfire, marvel at the clarity of skies as stars glisten and flash like diamonds. Approximately 45 min from Caledonspoort Border Post.
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