Bokong Nature Reserve
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 29 04.181 E 028 25.546| elevation 2,940 m/9,646 ft

Bokong Nature Reserve (S 29 04.181 E 028 25.546, A25, 2246-0723 or 2246-0813, www.lhwp.org.ls, adult M5, child M3) is a 20-square-kilometer nature reserve high in the mountains midway between Leribe and Katse. The reserve is home to a number of bird species including the endangered bearded vulture as well as the small ice rat and rhebuck. One of the main attractions in the park is the 60-meter Lepaqoa Waterfall, which freezes during the winter into a tall, glassy ice pillar.

Sights & Activities

Hiking is the main activity within the reserve, and there are a number of trails starting from the visitor information center that range from one hour to full day treks. There is also 2-3 day, 40 km hike over mountain passes to the Ts'ehlanyane National Park. Local guides are recommended for all hikes. Pony trekking can also be arranged with advance notice.


Sleeping

Accommodation is located above the waterfall in two basic rondavels that have a small self-catering kitchen and gas stove. Camping is also permitted at the site and throughout the reserve, although nights can be quite cold at this elevation. When we visited, five beautiful, large chalets located right next to the visitor center atop the mountain cliff were in the process of being built, with no estimated date of completion.