Sehlabathebe National Park

Recently declared as Lesotho’s first World Heritage Site, this 6 500 hectare reserve in the south-east of the landlocked country is also its first national park (proclaimed in 1969), and the second largest. The name means “Shield of the Plateau” and forms part of the southern reaches of South Africa’s uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range. It’s high, remote, rugged and mountainous, with stupendous views across lush grasslands (in summer) and frequent snow (in winter). There are more than 250 endemic plant species in the Alpine tundra ecosystem, and thousands of rock art paintings. Very few visitors come here – fantastic. As part of the larger Maloti-Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site, it is now a key component in the conservation plans of the region.

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