GPS: S 29 52.134 E 029 06.976 | elevation 2,410 m/7,907 ft
Sehlabathebe National Park (S 29 52.134 E 029 06.976, admission free) was established in 1969 as Lesotho’s first national park and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 650-square-kilometer park is located in the far southeastern part of the country along the eastern Maloti Drakensberg escarpment. It borders the Drakensburg nature reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. A diverse ecosystem spans these mountain ridges that are teeming with birdlife, where rock overhangs and natural arches give way to grassy valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Visitors can explore the park on day hikes from the main lodge or on longer overnight hikes with camping gear.
Sehlabathebe Park Lodge is currently the only development within the park, although there are plans to develop a luxury lodge in the near future. Originally built as a trout-fishing lodge for the Prime Minister of Lesotho in 1970, today it sleeps up to 12 people with a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. There are campsites near the lodge and camping is permitted throughout the park.