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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park

Plateau of the Shield, Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park

Lesotho

Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky due to its highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft.


Kingdom in the Sky


The Maloti-Drakensberg Park crosses two African countries the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho.


The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. 

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site due to its spectacular natural landscape, importance as a haven for many threatened and endemic species, and for its wealth of rock paintings made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. 

The San people lived in the mountainous Maloti-Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind numerous drawings of rock art, providing a unique testimony and insight on the San people way of life and beliefs system.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Photo by Di.Malealea Flickr
Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park, also known as the Plateau of the Shield is the natural habitat of the Maloti minnow, a critically endangered fish species that is only found in Sehlabathebe National Park. The Maloti minnow was discovered in1938 in the Umkomazana River, KwaZulu -Natal. 

It was thought to be extinct in South Africa since 1940 but was rediscovered in the Tsoelikana River, Sehlabathebe National Park , Lesotho in 1971. The Maloti minnow is currently critically endangered.


Basotho Hat

Lesotho three facts

Full name is The Kingdom of Lesotho

Basotho are a nation that has solid traditions, beliefs and customs. Lesotho’s major natural resource is water, often referred to as ‘white gold’ by the Basotho people.

The Basotho Hat is the Nation’s Symbol


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