Mohale’s Hoek Flights:
Flights to Mohale’s Hoek
Mohale’s Hoek is a small city in south-western Lesotho, right on the border with South Africa. While there are no real attractions there, it has a good location where you can travel around this region of Lesotho and see many parts of the country. Some people may speak English in Mohale’s Hoek but you might have more luck if you speak some Sesotho instead.
Mohale’s Hoek is only 100km away from the capital of Maseru, so you can get a flight to Mohale’s Hoek arriving at the Moshoeshoe I International Airport (airport code: MSU) and then either take the bus or rent a car. Though Maseru is the capital, there is limited air traffic service when you are departing from Johannesburg. You can fly with South African Airways for a non-stop hour-long flight to Mohale’s Hoek. That is currently the only available option.
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The Tourist Attractions of Mohale’s Hoek:
The Motlejoeng Caves are just south of town, which have the dubious fame of being the place where cannibals hid out during one of the past conflicts that took over the area. It’s not a huge cave system, but still an interesting spot to visit (particularly because of its history).
The Lesotho Countryside
One of the best things to do around Mohale’s Hoek is to just get a sturdy vehicle and take a drive. The lands around town are very rugged, mountainous and rocky. It’s stark but also beautiful. You can drive, or stay closer to town on a hike or even a horseback tour can be arranged.
The city of Maseru is only a couple hours away to the north of Mohale’s Hoek, so you can make a day-trip that way for some additional sights to see. It’s a much bigger city with more options for shopping, dining, banks or accommodations if you need to spend the night. Not far from the city is the Maluti Mountains with a popular ski resort, and the famous Sani Pass is also nearby. You’ll need a 4×4 vehicle for this rough mountain drive, and you can cross the border into the Natal Drakensberg Park in South Africa if you wish to continue your journey on.
Caledon Nature Reserve
You will have to cross the border back into South Africa, but this little nature park is only a short drive away. The river that flows through the park brings gazelle, and zebra so you will have some wildlife to watch for. There are opportunities for fishing and hiking through the forests and open grassland as well.
When Should You Visit?:
Though some months are a little hot, you can find comfortable weather throughout most of the year in Mohale’s Hoek. Summer heat is at its worst from November until February but it will only reach 27C (81F) during the daytime. Winters are mild but will drop to freezing at nights, and that is during June and July. The best time would be spring or fall, when it is perfect for outdoor sightseeing. September and April are pleasant during the day, usually around 22C (72F) and there is little rain.