Wildlife & Animals – Sehlabathebe NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband write and update content for many travel organizations, including the Lesotho Tourist Board.

Sehlabathebe National Park is all about its dramatic mountain scenery. Outdoor enthusiasts come here for hiking, horseback riding and fishing. Although not primarily a wildlife destination, you’re bound to see some animals while out on activities. Of particular interest is the rare, but locally common, grey rhebok, a medium-sized antelope that favors high altitude.

Wildlife Highlights

Seeing animals on a hike when you least expect it is always a thrill. Keep an eye out for the majestic eland – although they are Africa’s largest antelope, they are notoriously shy. Chacma baboons are acrobats on the cliffs and you’ll usually hear them barking before you see them. You might also see the localized ice rat; these cute rodents come out of their burrows to sunbathe on the rocks.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Sehlabathebe NP is not generally a wildlife-watching region. A visit here is mainly about the scenery and outdoor activities, such as hiking, horseback riding and fishing. The scenery is at its best from December to April when regular rain has made everything lush. However, rain can interfere with hiking from October to March. It is dependably dry from April to September, but evenings and mornings are very cold during this period.

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