Nestled between the dramatic mountains just to the west of the aforementioned Katse Dam, the little hill town of Bokong is a great place to wax up the walking boots and hit the trails of central Lesotho.
In the immediate vicinity, visitors will be able to discover the likes of the Lepaqoa Waterfall, crashing over the escarpments of rock that define Lesotho’s highlands in plumes of mist and steam.
The surrounding Bokong Nature Reserve is also a real draw.
Complete with winding hiking trails and maintained campsites, it’s a great place for horse riding and trekking, and even runs into the paths of the Tsehlanyane National Park on its northern fringes.
Comprises of 1970 ha and straddles the northern access road at the top of the Mafika Lisiu Pass between Pitseng and Ha Lejone, on the way to Katse Dam. At more than 3000 meters above sea level, the reserve is one of the highest nature reserves in Africa. The reserve contains extensive afro-alpine wetlands in the sources of the Bokong River and the Lepaqoa stream as well as vast grasslands. Bokong offers an excellent opportunity to view the bearded vulture and a number of other bird species endemic to the afro-alpine zone.
Things to do in Bokong nature reserve Lesotho
Basotho Pony rides
Valley head fens
How to get to Bokong nature reserve
Bokong Nature Reserve lies about 150km from Maseru. To get there follow the A1 northeast as far as Hlotse, then turn southeast onto the A25 to Katse. Allow three hours for the drive. Any public transport between Hlotse and Katse Dam can drop you next to the Visitors’ Centre, which is right alongside the A25.
Where to stay in Bokong nature reserve
Travelers can consider places Motebong lodge, Maliba lodge, Umbrella guest house, and Aloe guest house that might be a distance away from the reserve.