Sehlabathebe National Park
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The Sehlabathebe National Park is located in the Maloti Mountains in Qacha's Nek District, Lesotho, and is part of the larger Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area. Home to both striking biological diversity as well as important cultural heritage, the park was first established on May 8, 1969. The landscape is dominated by grassland of various types. The larger ecosystem as a whole performs invaluable functions including providing freshwater to Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia.
Lesotho’s first national park, and second largest, is remote, rugged and beautiful, and getting there is always a worthwhile adventure, especially if you’re into wilderness, seclusion and fishing. Sehlabathebe means the “Shield of the Plateau”, mirroring the rolling grasslands, wild flowers and silence provide a sense of complete isolation.
Situated in the south-east corner of Lesotho, At an average elevation of some 2,400 metres above sea level. It is almost inaccessible since it is rather remote.
The best access to the park is the to travel the way locals do - on horseback or on foot. Access from the Bushman's Nek pass, near Underberg KwaZulu-Natal. Khotso Horse Trails are currently the only tour operator providing this service on horseback, though the pass is accessible to all on foot.
Accommodation is available in, or near, the park at a number of locations, and in the nearby settlements of Sehlabathebe, and Mavuka.
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 8th, 2008 in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category. This park will be included into the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, Peace Park.
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