Thabana Ntlenyana

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Thabana Ntlenyana
Thabana Ntlenyana is located in Lesotho
Thabana Ntlenyana
Thabana Ntlenyana
Location of Thabana Ntlenyana in Lesotho
Highest point
Elevation 3,482 m (11,424 ft)
Prominence 2,390 m (7,840 ft)
Isolation 3,003 kilometres (1,866 mi)
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 29°28′S 29°16′E / 29.467°S 29.267°E / -29.467; 29.267Coordinates: 29°28′S 29°16′E / 29.467°S 29.267°E / -29.467; 29.267
Location Lesotho
Parent range Drakensberg
First ascent 1951
Easiest route Hike

Thabana Ntlenyana, which literally means "Beautiful little mountain" in Sesotho, is the highest point in Lesotho[1] and the highest mountain in southern Africa. It is situated on the Mohlesi ridge of the Drakensberg/Maloti Mountains, north of Sani Pass. It stands at 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) high.

The peak is usually climbed by groups completing a Grand Traverse of the Drakensberg - even though the peak is technically in the Maloti Mountains.[2]

The peak is often also climbed from Sani Top Chalet or from Vergelegen Nature Reserve.[3]



  1. ^ Sommer, Chris. "Roof of the Maloti". 
  2. ^ Sommer, Chris. "Grand Traverse". 
  3. ^ Geo Maps Series Map 5.