Bokong Nature Reserve
At more than 3000 meters above sea level, the reserve is one of the highest nature reserves in Africa. An impressive visitors’ centre has been developed on the edge of a 100m cliff.
The visitors’ centre (open between 08:00 and 17:00 daily) at the Bokong Nature Reserve is perched on the edge of a 100m cliff, was built with the aim of educating visitors to the kingdom about the ecology, geological and palaeontological history of the Lesotho Highlands. There are some outstanding views across the highlands. However the reserves highlight is the Lepaqoa Waterfall, which freezes in winter to form a column of ice.
You may see cattle posts (metebo) which are the ruins of interconnected cattle shelters and kraals for stock that were built from stone.Reasonable populations of rhebuck still occur on the plateau grass and heartlands, and the whole area abounds with colonies of the endemic ice rat which despite it’s cute appearance is heavily predated by all the small and medium mammalian carnivores and avian raptors in the area.
For the more adventurous there are pony rides, with the locally bred Basotho ponies an ideal way of negotiating the mountains and valleys.The Bokong Reserve calls loud and clears to birders, being an ideal place from which to see the Bearded Vulture, as well as the many bird species endemic to this afro-alpine zone.
The reserve is also a haven for hikers, with a hiking camp and network of trails and walks — a 45-minute interpretive trail, half-day and full-day walks, as well as a two- to three-day hike along the alpine plateau “Roof of Africa”, down into the Ts’ehlanyane National Park some 32 km to the North. There are two overnight huts for hikers, with a kitchenette and an ablution facility along the way. The use of a local guide is strongly encouraged as the weather in these high altitude areas is very unpredictable. It also provides much needed employment for the local highland dwellers.
Activities:pony trekking and hiking.
• Accommodation facilities and self catering units.
• Animal species among other include Reebok, ice rat etc
How to get there: GPS S29º20'05.1 E028º28'53.1