Qacha's Nek

Driving the challenging road to Qacha's Nek border

Qacha's Nek is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.989m (6,525ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Lesotho and South Africa.

The pass links Qacha's Nek district of Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The pass is 35.9 km (22.30 miles) long, running from the town of Qacha's Nek to Matatiele, in the northern part of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Go prepared for severe weather, including thunderstorms, electrical storms, rain, mist or snow.

From Lesotho, the road is all paved in great condition. It’s rather short and an easy climb. The South African side is a rather rough dirt track navigable by most of passenger vehicles. It’s a long, gravel road, high altitude pass leading to the border control point with Lesotho at the town of the same name.



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