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For those coming on charter flights, there’s an airstrip at Paolosi. Unfortunately, it is infrequently maintained and seldom available.


The gravel road from Qacha’s Nek is not recommended in a 2WD car, but check locally for updates on its condition. The road from the north is extremely rough and challenging even by 4WD; the 150km road from Thaba-Tseka takes several hours. Both roads can be affected by storms and landslides, so consult locals before setting out. You can arrange to leave your vehicle at the police station in Paolosi village, about 3km south of Mavuka, while you’re in the park. The nearest petrol stations are in Qacha's Nek and Thaba-Tseka, but a few shops near the park sell bottles of gas.

Hiking and Horse Riding

On foot, the simplest way into Sehlabathebe is to hike 10km up the escarpment from KwaZulu-Natal. Packhorses can be arranged through the park headquarters. From Bushman’s Nek border crossing up the pass to Nkonkoana Gate takes about six hours. To trot up the pass on horseback, Khotso Trails offers a two- or three-day expedition from Underberg (Southern Drakensberg).


Shared taxis connect Mavuka village, near the park gate, and Qacha's Nek (M70, five hours), leaving Mavuka around 5am and returning at 2pm.