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Sehlabathebe National Park is in Lesotho. Together with several national parks in South Africa it forms the UNESCO World Heritage site "Maloti Drakensberg Tranboundary World Heritage Site".

UnderstandEdit

 
Grasslands in Sehlabathebe

HistoryEdit

LandscapeEdit

In the southeastern corner of the small mountainous country of Lesotho, the park's average elevation is 2,400 m (7,900 ft) above sea level. Spectacular rock formations, rock pools and waterfalls are some of the park's highlights. In addition to the mountains, several different types of grassland can be encountered in the national park.

Flora and faunaEdit

The flora is made up of Afro-Alpine and Sub-Alpine plants and herbs. The park is home to several endangered species; different types of vulture and the Maloti Minnow.

ClimateEdit

Get inEdit

The traditional way to get into the park is hiking or riding. The tour company Khotso offers riding tours from the South African side. If you're driving, there are two roads into the park (access by 4WD vehicles) — one from Thaba-Tseka in the middle of the country and another from the South Africa. Several South African tour companies operating in the Drakensberg area also offer tours into Sehlabathebe.

Fees and permitsEdit

Get aroundEdit

SeeEdit

  • Rock art — 65 rock art sites have been found in the park.

DoEdit

  • Fishing is a popular activity.

BuyEdit

EatEdit

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

LodgingEdit

In February 2015 the Sehlabathebe Lodge opened, and the Jonathan's Lodge — which was closed down in 2010 — is being upgraded. In the nearby settlements of Sehlabathebe and Mavuka more accommodation is available.

CampingEdit

BackcountryEdit

Stay safeEdit

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