Thabana Ntlenyana Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Thabana Ntlenyana that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Thabana Ntlenyana, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
March 07, 2017
Alison Chadwick from South Africa
Our group of 12 hikers did Thabana Ntlenyana on Saturday 4 March 2017. We slept at Sani Top Backpackers on Friday night and set off at 6am with 2 guides from the Lodge. The hike from the Lodge is 32kms there and back and took us just under 11 hours. It is not a technical hike, lovely scenery along the way – the altitude did get to a few of our party. We had bitterly cold conditions, driving rain and then full sunshine. You have about 8 river crossings, plus walk thru a lot of marsh and wetlands. Most enjoyable.
May 10, 2015
Olivier from South Africa
Just a little correction: Thabana Ntlenyana means "beautiful little mountain" in Basotho and not black. Black Rock Mountain is a nearby mountain, which the pass is an alternative way to hike until Thabna Ntlenyana. I was there a couple of days ago. The summit in itself isn't impressive, but the whole hike through epic Lesotho landscapes, kraals and surrounding villages is stunning.
October 18, 2011
Gavin Raubenheimer, Peak High Mountaineering from South Africa
Thabana Ntlenyana is the highest peak in southern Africa. ie, south of Kilimanjaro. It is small flat topped mountain inside the Kingdom of Lesotho. Most hikers use the top of Sani Pass as their starting point. From Sani Top its about an 8 hour hike there and back. In the local language it means the "little black mountain".
August 04, 2011
Garth from South Africa
Please, only use qualified and registered guides while exploring the higher Drakensberg. Govertical Mountaineering Adventures.