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.
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.
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.
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".
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