Thabana Ntlenyana

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The highest point in Southern Africa, Thabana is at the southern end of the Drakensberg range, near the top of the Sani Pass between Lesotho and South Africa.

It is about a 25km round trip from the top of the Sani Pass, and camping can be done in the valley before the summit next to a river.

Conditions vary from pleasant to blizzard-like, so ensure that you are adequately prepared for anything from snow to extreme winds and temperatures well below freezing.

Elevation (feet): 11,424
Elevation (meters): 3,482
Continent: Africa
Country: Lesotho
Latitude: -29.466667
Longitude: 29.266667
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Maseru
Convenient Center: Himeville

Thanks to Russell Shaw and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Thabana Ntlenyana.

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  • Log #21526 - by Theo Spickett on Dec 01, 2008
    We launched from the Sani Pass Top Chalet the morning, slept over near the summit and walked to the top at sun-rise the next morning. It was late winter so there was lots of ice and snow around. The...
  • Log #18621 - by Henri Bergius on Mar 02, 2004
    "We woke up quite early in the morning. While we were breaking the camp one of the older Basuthu shepherds came down to us, playing an improvised violin built out of steel wire, some branches, horse...
  • Log #18622 - by Dr Hugh C Luxmoore-Peake on Nov 08, 2003
    I visited Thabana Ntlenyana (while doing survey work for the British government) very nearly fifty years ago (25 February 1954)and measured its height with a theodolite. I also gave the mountain its...
  • Log #18623 - by Russell Shaw on Oct 28, 2003
    We had a group of 9 armed with nothing but a map and a high level of enthusiasm. We had perfect winter conditions with a clear sky and next to no wind. Even so, temperatures were about -7 degrees...