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Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho

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The Lesotho government owns this miniature airport elevated 2,299 metres above sea-level.

Only light single engine aircraft can use the Matekane Air Strip. This African airstrip contains a short unpaved runway of 400 metres. Planes depend on the wind at this airstrip for lift. It’s possible for an aircraft to not ascend at the end of the runway.

The runway ends at a 600 metre cliff.

Pilots can still generate lift and fly after they drop down over the cliff above the Ohohbeng river.

The Matekane, and other Lesotho airstrips like it, help charities and doctors reach remote villages to provide goods and services.