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
Elevation3,482 m (11,424 ft)
Prominence2,390 m (7,840 ft)
Isolation3,003 kilometres (1,866 mi)
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates29°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
Parent rangeDrakensberg
Easiest routeHike

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, although 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]

Thabana Ntlenyana as seen from the Giants Castle Ridge



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