Qacha's Nek District
Qacha's Nek is situated near the pass of the same name, Qacha's Nek is not far from the watershed between the Mzimvubu catchment area and the Senqu (Orange) River system. The town was originally a mission station, later becoming a district administrative centre for the paying of taxes and issuing of passes. However, archaeological excavations at rock shelters suggested that people have lived there for more than 50 000 years.
Today this pleasant town is the most practical entry to South Africa's Eastern Cape province into Lesotho. Air transport is important, and the town has an airstrip with a tarred runaway from which scheduled flights from Maseru are able to connect with charter flights serving a number of airstrip in the highlands of the upper Senqu Valley.
The town is approximately 50 km south-west of the Sehlabathebe National Park. A track from Qacha's Nek to Sehlabathebe was opened early in the 1973, as it had previously been necessary to travel through South Africa. Roads beyond this point and within the park remain as well as for four-wheel drive vehicles.
Qacha's Nek has attractive colonial-style buildings, two hotels, a lovely church and a government hospital. A new post office building and library were opened during 2006, as well as the New Qacha's Nek to Mphaki road.