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Tlaeeng Pass

Tlaeeng pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.225m (10,580ft) above the sea level, located in a tarred road between Oxbow and Mokhotlong, in Lesotho. At the end of this long (and poorly maintained) road, one of the highest motorable pass in Africa, is situated the famous Sani Pass. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Lesotho.

A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. As you can imagine, the views here are truly outstanding, and the drive offers undulating mountain scenery and clean crisp air. 



Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. And that pavement can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground. 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. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. 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.

 

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