Lesotho is a bit off the radar for most travelers, but is growing in popularity for South Africans looking to explore a nearby country.
And part of the reason more people are going is to hike through some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa.
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many dedicated trails that have been built (yet), but there are still plenty of places to explore on your own.
One of the best places to go is Ts’ehlanyane National Park — the country’s largest national park at close to 6,000 hectares.
Along with the scenic terrain, there are several trails and bridle paths in the area, as well as a few streams where you can take a break and cool off from the African sun.
If you’re looking for something a bit rougher, head to Sehlabathebe National Park (just note you’ll need to get there on horseback, hike in on foot, or with a 4×4).
The park is extremely secluded and features waterfalls, rock arches, 65 rock art sites, and plenty of craggy places to explore.
It’s currently on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage site, so head to the area before it becomes more popular and full of tourists.
Hikers looking for some serious altitude should head to the Bokong Nature Reserve, one of the few places in Southern Africa that gets dusted with snow in the winter.
Inside the reserve, there is a three-day trail across the “Roof of Africa” (home to a famous 4×4 event) that covers about 40-kilometers and will challenge even the most seasoned hikers.
If you’re not up for something that intense, there are also several less challenging trails in the reserve.
Wherever you decide to go in Lesotho, make sure to check in with a local guide before heading out, as the area is notorious for weather that changes out of nowhere.