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TOURISM ATTRACTIONS IN LESOTHO
By Raisi Nthatisi
Lesotho is a small, mountainous, landlocked country surrounded by
its much larger neighbour, South Africa. It is completely surrounded
by South Africa, making it one of the few enclaved countries in the
world .The country is known for its mountainous terrain, which
includes the Drakensberg mountain range and the highest park in
South Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana. Lesotho is home to the only ski
resort in Africa, Afriski Mountain Resort ,where visitors can enjoy
winter sports in a unique Lesotho setting.
•Katse dam
•Maletsunyane
water fall
•Ha kome caves
•Thabana-
Ntlenyana
•Mohale dam
•Afriski Mountain
Resort
•Liphofung caves
•Thaba- Bosiu
mountain
SOME PLACES OF ATTRACTIONS IN
LESOTHO
The katse dam, in the Lesotho Highlands, is one for the
most spectacular water features in the country. Located on
the Malibamatso river, this dam was completed in 1997
and is central to the Lesotho Highlands water project.
Katse dam is a popular holiday destination, providing
plenty of water based activities. Enjoy boat trips and
cruises along this majestic dam, and experiences
breathing taking sunsets. It is the largest dam in Africa, is
also one of the world’s ten largest concrete arch dams in
terms of volume, with capacity of nearly 2 Billion cubic
metres and a surface area of 38.5 square kilometres.
KATSE DAM
It is located in an unspoilt area in
Semonkong is a 192 metre-high waterfall
dropping into a gorge. The fall is one of the
highest waterfalls in the world. It is
accessible by a car. One can enjoy beautiful
views of lush valleys and mountain streams
along the way to the falls.
MALETSUNYANE WATER
FALL
MALETSUNYANE WATER FALL VIDEO
Ha Kome Cave village is situated at
Pulane area in Berea district. The cave
served as a hideout for Basia and one of
Bataung clans during the Lifaqane wars
and Cannibalism. The cave is still
inhabited by their descendants. There are
also faded san paintings in the cave
which indicates that the san also
HA KOME CAVES
Thabana-Ntlenyana, which literally means
“Beautiful little mountain” in Sesotho, is the
highest point in Lesotho and the highest
mountain in Southern Africa.It is situated on
the Mohlesi ridge of the Drakensberg/Maloti
mountain, north of Sani pass. A spectacular
mountain road is well entry point into
Lesotho from South Africa’s Natal
Drakensberg park. It stands 3,482 metres
(11,424) tall.
THABANA NTLENYANA
Mohale dam is constructed at the
confluence of Sengunyane and
Likalaneng rivers. The dam allows for
abstraction and diversion of waters of
Sengunyane river through a 32 km
interconnecting tunnel from Mohale
reservoir to Katse on the Bokong arm. It
was completed in 2003 situated 91 km
from Maseru. Mohale dam is the second
MOHALE DAM
Afriski mountain resort is located in
the Butha-Buthe district (Lesotho).
The only ski resort in the African
kingdom of Lesotho is located on the
3,222 metre high Mahlasela pass in
the maloti mountains. For skiing and
snowboarding, there are 1.8km of
slopes available. The winter sports
area is situated between the
elevations of 3,030 and 3,222 m.
Afriski is an all year mountain
adventure destination with a multitude
of summer and winter activities. Fly
AFRISKI MOUNTAIN
RESORT
AFRISKI MOUNTAIN RESORT VIDEO
LIPHOFUNG
CAVE
• Situated just off the main road from
Butha-Buthe to Oxbow and
Mokhotlong, the Liphofung Nature
Reserve features a large cave
overhang in the clarens sandstone
.Once a Bushman shelter and later
used by king Moshoeshoe1, the
founder of the Basotho nation, the
cave features stone -age rock
paintings as well as rich
Thaba- Bosiu, the name Thaba Bosiu
means the ‘Mountain at Night’. It was in
July ,1824 when Morena Moshoeshoe
and his people took occupation of the
mountain which his brother Mohale had
reconnoitred. He named the mountain
Thaba Bosiu –mountain at Night
because he and his people arrived
there in the evening and the essential
protective work took him until late at
night. The mountain is flat-topped and it
THABA-BOSIU MOUNTAIN
• It is important for countries to balance the benefits and
drawbacks of tourism, by implementing sustainable
practices that prioritize the preservation of natural and
cultural resources, while maximizing economic
opportunities.
•
• THANK YOU !!!
CONCLUSION
• Tripadvisor [2024] the15 best things to do in Lesotho-2024 with photos [online] available at
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293802-Attractions-Lesotho.html [accessed on 12April2024]
• Trickleout.net[n.d.] Ha kome Cave Village and Arts and Craft Centre [online] available at:
http://www.trickleout.net/index.php/directoty-pilot/Lesotho-/ha-kome-cave-village-and-arts-and-craft-
centre [accessed on 13April2024
• Lesotho Highlands Development Authority[n.d.]Tourism [online] available at:
http://www.lhda.org.ls/home/home/tourism [accessed on 12 April 2024]
• Ski Resort Afriski Mountain Resort[n.d.]Skiing Afriski Mountain Resort [online] available at:
http://www.ski-resort/afriski-mountain-resort/ [13April2024]
• Travel Lesotho[n.d.]Liphofung Caves & Nature Reserve Tour [online] available at:
http://www.travellesotho.com/sightseeing/Liphofung-caves-nature-reserve-tour/ [accessed
on15April2024]
• TouristLink[n.d.]Thabana Ntlenyana, Lesotho Tourist information [online] available at:
http://www.touristlink.com/Lesotho/thabana-ntlenyana/overview.html [accessed on 20April2024]
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TOURISM ATTRACTIONS IN LESOTHO BY NRAISI

  • 1. TOURISM ATTRACTIONS IN LESOTHO By Raisi Nthatisi
  • 2. Lesotho is a small, mountainous, landlocked country surrounded by its much larger neighbour, South Africa. It is completely surrounded by South Africa, making it one of the few enclaved countries in the world .The country is known for its mountainous terrain, which includes the Drakensberg mountain range and the highest park in South Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana. Lesotho is home to the only ski resort in Africa, Afriski Mountain Resort ,where visitors can enjoy winter sports in a unique Lesotho setting.
  • 3. •Katse dam •Maletsunyane water fall •Ha kome caves •Thabana- Ntlenyana •Mohale dam •Afriski Mountain Resort •Liphofung caves •Thaba- Bosiu mountain SOME PLACES OF ATTRACTIONS IN LESOTHO
  • 4. The katse dam, in the Lesotho Highlands, is one for the most spectacular water features in the country. Located on the Malibamatso river, this dam was completed in 1997 and is central to the Lesotho Highlands water project. Katse dam is a popular holiday destination, providing plenty of water based activities. Enjoy boat trips and cruises along this majestic dam, and experiences breathing taking sunsets. It is the largest dam in Africa, is also one of the world’s ten largest concrete arch dams in terms of volume, with capacity of nearly 2 Billion cubic metres and a surface area of 38.5 square kilometres. KATSE DAM
  • 5. It is located in an unspoilt area in Semonkong is a 192 metre-high waterfall dropping into a gorge. The fall is one of the highest waterfalls in the world. It is accessible by a car. One can enjoy beautiful views of lush valleys and mountain streams along the way to the falls. MALETSUNYANE WATER FALL
  • 7. Ha Kome Cave village is situated at Pulane area in Berea district. The cave served as a hideout for Basia and one of Bataung clans during the Lifaqane wars and Cannibalism. The cave is still inhabited by their descendants. There are also faded san paintings in the cave which indicates that the san also HA KOME CAVES
  • 8. Thabana-Ntlenyana, which literally means “Beautiful little mountain” in Sesotho, is the highest point in Lesotho and the highest mountain in Southern Africa.It is situated on the Mohlesi ridge of the Drakensberg/Maloti mountain, north of Sani pass. A spectacular mountain road is well entry point into Lesotho from South Africa’s Natal Drakensberg park. It stands 3,482 metres (11,424) tall. THABANA NTLENYANA
  • 9. Mohale dam is constructed at the confluence of Sengunyane and Likalaneng rivers. The dam allows for abstraction and diversion of waters of Sengunyane river through a 32 km interconnecting tunnel from Mohale reservoir to Katse on the Bokong arm. It was completed in 2003 situated 91 km from Maseru. Mohale dam is the second MOHALE DAM
  • 10. Afriski mountain resort is located in the Butha-Buthe district (Lesotho). The only ski resort in the African kingdom of Lesotho is located on the 3,222 metre high Mahlasela pass in the maloti mountains. For skiing and snowboarding, there are 1.8km of slopes available. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 3,030 and 3,222 m. Afriski is an all year mountain adventure destination with a multitude of summer and winter activities. Fly AFRISKI MOUNTAIN RESORT
  • 12. LIPHOFUNG CAVE • Situated just off the main road from Butha-Buthe to Oxbow and Mokhotlong, the Liphofung Nature Reserve features a large cave overhang in the clarens sandstone .Once a Bushman shelter and later used by king Moshoeshoe1, the founder of the Basotho nation, the cave features stone -age rock paintings as well as rich
  • 13. Thaba- Bosiu, the name Thaba Bosiu means the ‘Mountain at Night’. It was in July ,1824 when Morena Moshoeshoe and his people took occupation of the mountain which his brother Mohale had reconnoitred. He named the mountain Thaba Bosiu –mountain at Night because he and his people arrived there in the evening and the essential protective work took him until late at night. The mountain is flat-topped and it THABA-BOSIU MOUNTAIN
  • 14. • It is important for countries to balance the benefits and drawbacks of tourism, by implementing sustainable practices that prioritize the preservation of natural and cultural resources, while maximizing economic opportunities. • • THANK YOU !!! CONCLUSION
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