Mokhotlong is named after the river nearby with the same name, which means place of Bald Ibis. It boasts the highest terrain in the Maloti Range and is the source of the Senqu River, Lesotho's primary watershed.
In the east, Mokhotlong borders on the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, with its north point bordering the Free State province. Domestically, it borders on the following districts: Butha-Buthe District in the northwest, Leribe on the west and Thaba-Tseka on the south.
What to see
Lets'eng la Terae
Situated in the Maloti Mountains, Lets'eng la Terae has an average elevation of 3,200m above sea level, making it the highest diamond mine in the world. Lets'eng produces diamonds which are reputed to sell for highest per carat price of any kimberline mine. It has consistently produced large, gem quality diamonds.
The spectacular mountain road that crosses the Sani Pass serves as an entry point into Lesotho from South Africa. It also serves as an adventure spot for those who are not faint hearted and would love to enjoy 4X4 trekking. Sani Pass also has the highest pub in Africa. Here one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mountain Kingdom, overlooking KwaZulu Natal, while enjoying a few drinks and a delicious meal.
The majestic Thabana Ntlenyana is about 3 482m above sea level and is regarded as the highest peak in Southern Africa. There are daily pony treks and hikes to the summit, and it is about 15km from Sani Top.
Where to stay
Mokhotlong has two hotels, the Senqu Hotel and the Mokhotlong Hotel. There is also Sani Pass chalets, which has the highest pub in Africa. Those wanting to experience and learn more about the Basotho culture and traditions, could visit the Number 10 home stay and the Molalana home stay, which also provide pony trekking. There are also guest houses, a lodge and B B establishments in the district.