Mahlasela pass

Mahlasela Pass, one of the highest roads of Lesotho

Mahlasela pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.278m (10,754ft) above the sea level, located in the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. The road can be treacherous in snow and ice. It’s a beautiful pass to drive, but be vigilant during winter as the road gets very slippery.

The pass is located in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains of the Mountain Kingdom. Even in the summer expect a cool climate. The tarred road to reach the summit is one of the highest roads of Lesotho. The only skiing resort in Lesotho, Afriski Mountain Resort, is situated here. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. This road is usually open all year, but heavy snowfalls frequently close the pass in winter. Tucked away in the northern highlands, the road provides a gateway to this largely untapped world of high-altitude adventure.

The road to the summit is called A1. It is considered to be the highest road pass in Southern Africa. The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is pretty narrow, and it has not protections or guardrails. The Mahlasela pass is one of two passes that links the town of Butha-Buthe with the diamond mining town of Mokhotlong, the other pass being the Moteng pass. Road conditions are always changing.


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