BOKONG NATURE RESERVE
At the end of an easy 72 km drive from the border post at Ficksburg or 80 km from the Caledonspoort Border Post, you can shed the cares of city life and breathe in the crisp, clear mountain air of the Bokong Nature Reserve, where an impressive visitors’ centre is breathtakingly perched on the edge of a 100 m cliff overlooking the magnificent Lepaqoa Waterfall and Valley.
This nature reserve is situated high in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, a country which offers something to suit every taste — there is a veritable feast for nature lovers, with an amazing variety of flora and fauna; its geological and paleontological history is virtually unparalleled, offering boundless opportunities for ecotourism; and its cultural history fascinates those with a taste for the past. The visitors’ centre at the Bokong Nature Reserve was built with the aim of educating visitors to the kingdom about the ecology of the Lesotho Highlands.
The reserve is also a haven for hikers, with a hiking camp and network of trails and walks — a 45-minute interpretive trail, half-day and full-day walks, as well as a two- to three-day hike along the alpine plateau, down into the Ts’ehlanyane National Park. There are extensive afro-alpine wetlands within the reserve, at the sources of the Bokong River and Lepaqoa Stream. In addition, there are small areas of heathland in the boulder beds. The Bokong Reserve calls loud and clear to birders, being an ideal place from which to see the Bearded Vulture, as well as the many bird species endemic to this afro-alpine zone. In the heathland and on the grass on the plateau vaal rhebuck may still be seen. In addition, colonies of the ice rat abound here. This creature is heavily predated on by the small and medium mammalian carnivores and avian raptors in the area.
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