Tlaeeng Pass

Tlaeeng Pass is one of the highest roads of Lesotho

Tlaeeng Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.262m (10,702ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Butha-Buthe and Leribe districts of Lesotho. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Set high in the Lesotho Highlands, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It is called A1 (also known as the Oxbow-Mapholaneng Road). It’s said to be one highest road passes in Southern Africa. At the end of this long (and poorly maintained) road, one of the highest motorable passes in Africa, is situated the famous Sani Pass.

The road is 102km (63 miles) long, running north-south from Oxbow to Mokhotlong through a desolate landscape known as the Roof of Africa. As you can imagine, the views here are truly outstanding, and the drive offers undulating mountain scenery and clean crisp air. Best during daylight hours. Nothing untoward on the road. Pleasantly scenic. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 3 and 4 hours. It passes through bleak, sparsely populated but entrancing mountain countryside. Although tarred, the cold weather has taken its toll on this high stretch of the road and the ice has cracked it in parts causing pot holes so drive carefully.


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