Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho

Bordered by the Drakensberg Mountains, Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho is a true, remote wilderness. Small mammals and shy antelope wander throughout the park, while an abundance of birdlife traverse the skies. This untouched, isolated land is filled with various rock formations, flowing rivers, waterfalls, and rock paintings. Enjoy the peace and absolute silence of nature in the beautiful expanse of land that is Sehlabathebe National Park. 

  • Best Time to Go

    May - October

  • Average Safari Cost

    $75 - $150 pp/day

  • Highlights

    Horseback riding, trout fishing, hiking, rock paintings, stunning scenery and rock "arches".

Why Visit Sehlabathebe National Park

Sehlabathebe National Park is Lesotho's oldest nature reserve. It's inaccessibility has left the land pure and unspoiled by man, which makes it the perfect wilderness destination. This place is the ideal getaway if you enjoy hiking, long walks and absolute peace and quiet.

Many striking rock formations create an interesting landscape for the park. Some of these have worn down over time to form arches that make for some unique and beautiful photographic opportunities. This is a place where you can enjoy fishing for trout in the dams, see ancient San rock paintings and exploring the land by foot or horseback. Visit Sehlabathebe National Park and see its exquisite scenery and enjoy the seclusion and silence of the land.

Pros and Cons

  • Doesn't get very crowded with tourists
  • Various activities, including fishing and horseback riding
  • True wilderness experience
  • Stunning scenery
  • Great birdwatching
  • Difficult to get to
  • Not a wildlife destination

Best Time to Visit

The best to visit Sehlabathebe National Park is during the dry months, from May to October. While it can get very cold at night, the days are clear and cool. Light snowfall may occur in the coldest months, which are June and July. Average daytime temperatures range from 54˚F(12˚C) to 64˚F(18˚) and nights can drop below freezing. This is the best time to explore the park as there is little rainfall, days are clear and animals can be seen more easily.

The wet season occurs from November to April and consists of warm, misty days with frequent rainfall. The most rainfall occurs in December and January, which can disrupt hiking and other activities. Average temperatures during the day hover around 68˚F(20˚C) and rarely go higher than 81˚F(27˚C).

For more information when to visit see our Lesotho Safari - Complete Travel Guide.

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Wildlife and Birds

While Sehlabathebe National Park isn't a wildlife destination, you can expect to see some small mammals and various antelope throughout the land. Jackals, rhebok, oribi, wild cats and baboons are frequently seen throughout the park. You can also find the Maloti minnow fish, which was thought to be extinct, in the Tsoelike River. There is also abundant bird life to see within the park.
The Sehlabathebe National Park is a great birding destination. See the rare bearded vulture circling the skies in search of food to scavenge. From jackal buzzards, black harriers and lanner falcons to swallows, weavers, and owls, there is plenty to keep an eye out for in Sehlabathebe National Park.

Getting There and Safety

For the flights to Lesotho via South Africa, it is advised to check Skyscanner (for multiple destination flights), to see which airlines can take you there and compare various ticket prices.

If you are based in the UK and Europe, check out these flights.

If you are based in the USA and Canada, check out these flights.


For more information on visas see our Lesotho Safari - Complete Country Guide.

Vaccinations and Malaria

Check your local travel health authority for more information:

Travel Insurance

Going on a safari in Africa comes with obvious risks. We recommend you get travel insurance for all safaris in Lesotho. Make sure your insurance has full medical coverage, emergency air evacuation, repatriation and the standard travel insurance for cancellations, delays and luggage cover.

Check World Nomads’ travel insurance calculator to see the cost of your safari trip cover.

What to Pack

Pack quite warmly as temperatures are cool during the day and can get very cold at night. Try to pack neutral, earthy toned clothes and avoid bright colours and white. Other essential items are a hat, sunglasses, sun screen, toiletries, closed shoes, torch, batteries, insect repellent, first aid kit, binoculars and camera.

For more details on what to pack see our Safari Packing List.

A 4x4 vehicle is recommended as the roads can be fairly uneven and bumpy and there is some off-road driving in the park.