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Baboons Pass

Baboons Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.689m (8,822ft) above the sea level located in the Maseru District of Lesotho. This pass near Ramabanta is one of the most remote, roughest and impassable passes in the country -- more suitable for donkeys than for vehicles. It's one of the highest mountain passes of Lesotho.

The road to the summit is extreme. Only 4x4 with high clearance. It’s not for the faint-hearted - 26km of the toughest terrain in southern Africa, climbing up from an altitude of 1.200m to 2.689m. This is a hectic ground pass which consists of huge rocks and the soil only exists to create large 'potholes' for vehicles to suffer through.

 

If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. Expect huge boulders, narrow passages, holes and ditches causes by flooding, steep uphills, 90-degree turns, and high vertical cliffs dropping off the side. The road is very narrow.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The weather is very unpredictable up in the Lesotho mountains, you need to be prepared for any weather and mostly rain. Basically, it’s 26km of unrelenting rocks and boulders which, on a good day, you can rush in under 10 hours, but when it gets hectic won’t be done in under two days.

 

It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.  To complete the pass you engage 1 st gear low range even before the start of the pass and you stick to it for the following 26km.
Pics: Graham Maclachlan

 




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