Sani Lodge Backpackers

Sehlabathebe Tour

Soaring mountain vistas, secluded waterfalls, ancient rock art as well as a unique ecosystem of fauna and flora.

Basotho Culture Village Life Meals Included Passports Essential


On this 3 day tour, let us show you the wonders of Lesotho’s oldest national park, the high plateau country of Sehlabathebe. The centerpiece of these tours is the oldest National Park in Lesotho, Sehlabathebe National Park which was created by Lesotho’s first Prime Minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan. The park is a little known, secret jewel!! Explore the hidden gems of this park: soaring mountain vistas, secluded rock pools, waterfalls, rock dwellings, massive overhangs, rock art, rock arches and a beautiful and unique ecosystem of plants, birds and animals. The tours end with a unique way to cross from one country to another, via a border post which has a road coming into it from the South African side, but only a path on the Lesotho side.


Experience Fair Trade in Tourism in action. Your tour price includes a contribution to the Sani Top Basotho community. Our ground-breaking approach to grass-roots tourism means that your tour price directly benefits a wide segment of the local community, preserving cultural dignity and ensuring fair remuneration for services rendered. “Sani Lodge is the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2018. Sani Lodge and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. By involving Basotho stakeholders, they have created opportunities for communities to proudly showcase their unique cultural practices, engaging with guests in an authentic manner, thereby earning their respect. They are the future of tourism in Africa". ~ Judges


Day 1
Travel through the picturesque farmland of East Griqualand, and on via the seldom used and very scenic road pass of Ramatseliso’s Gate. Crossing into Lesotho, the road follows the southern border to Sehlabathebe. Arriving in late afternoon, there may be time for a short walk.
Day 2
A full day to spend in the wonderful nature of the Park. Walk or horse-ride. Option include climbing the Devil’s Knuckles, hiking to the beautiful Tsoelikana waterfall and the rock overhang mountain called Kepising. Bushman rock art abounds in the area.
Day 3
A unique experience – cross an international border on horseback or on foot! The local guide will escort you down Bushmans Nek Pass to the South African border post at the bottom while our vehicle travels round to meet you. Return to Sani Lodge.


Sadly, the historic Park Lodge where we used to stay has been closed to the public. We therefore have two accommodation options available, the fairly basic Mabotle Lodge in the nearby Sehlabathebe village, or at a very basic homestay with a family in Thamatu village offers a good insight into Basotho life.


Take a look at the routes our tours take.



Please note that the price quoted above is for tours running with a minimum of four guests. If you wish to do this tour with a group of less than four, there will be additional charges due to the fixed nature of certain costs. Owing to the current fuel cost increase, there may be an additional fuel levy..



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