Close to the ground.

GPS: S 29 17.317 E 029 03.928 | elevation 2,192 m/7,192 ft

The Eastern Highlands are a beautiful section of Lesotho located high up in the towering snow-capped mountains. This remote region offers amazing drives, incredible views, some great hiking and the legendary Sani Pass. The main A1 artery that cuts through the mountains is paved all the way to Mokhotlong and navigable with most vehicles, however a 4x4 is highly recommend for those traversing the gravel and sometimes icy road from Mokhotlong to the Sani Pass.

Mokhotlong (meaning “Place of the Bald Ibis”) is the main town in northeastern Lesotho, but it is still very much a rural mountain settlement. It is the main supply town for rural villages, where you are just as likely to see locals riding ponies as driving cars. If heading south or east this is the last reliable place to stock up on food and supplies.

Molumong Lodge

Molumong Lodge is a former trading post, and although located slightly out of town, it's one of the better accommodation options in the area. The lodge is perched atop the mountain with scenic views, and there is a main lodge as well as a separate backpackers building with a self-catering kitchen. There is a gas stove and gas-heated showers but no electricity. The lodge offers pony trekking (M280/day) around the area, overnight trips to neighboring villages and guided hiking, and can also reserve tubes for floating down the river. It is located 15 km south of Mokhotlong just off the dirt A3 road that heads to Thaba-Tseka.

St James Lodge

St James Lodge is affiliated with the St James Mission and has clean attractive en suite rooms in the recently renovated main lodge. There is also a self-catering kitchen and two separate rondavels but no electricity. It is located 12 km south of Mokhotlong just off the dirt A3 road that heads to Thaba-Tseka. Look for the buildings right beside the road with the red tin roofs.