Tlaeeng Pass

Tlaeeng Pass, one of the highest roads of Lesotho

Tlaeeng pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.225m (10,580ft) above the sea level, located on a tarred road between Oxbow and Mokhotlong, in Lesotho.

It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Lesotho. The road to the summit is called A1. It’s also known as the Oxbow-Mapholaneng Road. At the end of this long (and poorly maintained) road, one of the highest motorable passes in Africa, is situated the famous Sani Pass. 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. The road is a well maintained road in daily use by the mines. Nothing untoward on that road. Pleasantly scenic.

The road to the summit passes through bleak, sparsely populated but entrancing mountain countryside. About 40 km after the pass the road starts to climb down towards Mokhotlong. 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. This tarred road (114 km; approximately three hours) snakes and twists higher until almost at the halfway point it reaches the Tlaeeng Pass. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. The sumit features a desolate landscape known as the Roof of Africa.


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