Thabana Ntlenyana

Coordinates: 29°28′S 29°16′E / 29.467°S 29.267°E / -29.467; 29.267
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Thabana Ntlenyana
Highest point
Elevation3,482 m (11,424 ft)
Prominence2,390 m (7,840 ft)
Isolation3,003 km (1,866 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates29°28′S 29°16′E / 29.467°S 29.267°E / -29.467; 29.267
Thabana Ntlenyana is located in Lesotho
Thabana Ntlenyana
Thabana Ntlenyana
Location of Thabana Ntlenyana in Lesotho
Parent rangeMaloti
Easiest routeHike

Thabana Ntlenyana (tah-BAH-nə in-TLAY-nyə-nə)[1] is the highest mountain in southern Africa, located in the Maloti mountain range. It stands 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) tall within the lofty Maloti Mountains that crest Lesotho, a small landlocked nation surrounded by South Africa.[2]: 131  The name means "beautiful little mountain" in the Sesotho language.[3]

Thabana Ntlenyanai is situated on the Mohlesi ridge, north of the treacherous Sani Pass.[2]: 81  The peak is climbed as part of a "Grand Traverse" of the Maluti, which are a large system of mountain ranges that often includes this peak and the Maluti Mountains.[4]

The peak is often climbed from Sani Top Chalet or from Vergelegen Nature Reserve.[5]

Thabana Ntlenyana as seen from the Giants Castle Ridge



  1. ^ "Thabana-Ntlenyana". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2022-12-30.
  2. ^ a b Coulson, David; Clarke, James (1983). Mountain odyssey in Southern Africa. Internet Archive. Macmillan South Africa. ISBN 978-0-86954-137-1.
  3. ^ Sommer, Chris. "Roof of the Maloti".
  4. ^ Sommer, Chris (8 October 2007). "Grand Traverse". Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  5. ^ Geo Maps Series Map 5.