Map for planning your Lesotho Tour
Lesotho is a landlocked country and
enclave — entirely surrounded by South Africa. It is the only
independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters
above sea level. Its lowest point is 1,400 meters and over 80% of the
country lies above 1,800 meter.
It offers a magnificent opportunity to explore nature still little
changed by man, still unspoilt by crowds of tourists, and to appreciate
the untamed but beautiful landscapes of the soaring Maluti and
Highlights of the country include:
* Maletsunyane Falls — in the Lesotho highlands it is Southern Africa's
highest single drop waterfall. If you're very adventurous you could also
do the world's highest commercial abseil off the 200m high cliff! It is
located close to Semonkong.
* Morija — a quaint little town with the great Morija Museum and
dinosaur footprints of the Lesothosaurus
* Katse Dam — the stunning 185m dam wall is part of a larger water
scheme to sell water to South Africa and produce electricity for
Lesotho. The beauty of this award-winning feat of engineering is
eclipsed, however, by the surrounding mountains and rural countryside.
* Thaba Bosiu — the mountain stronghold where the great warrior and
diplomat King Moeshoeshoe the Great established the Kingdom of Lesotho,
fighting off wave after wave of attacks by white settlers and hostile
African armies. Still today, the Kings and Queens of Lesotho are buried
Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa
GMT + 2
220/30 volts AC, 50Hz; 15-amp round pin plugs are in use.
Lesotho's currency, the Loti (LSL) (plural Maloti), is fixed at a 1:1
ratio with the South African Rand (ZAR). South African currency is
accepted everywhere - there is no need to change money. However you will
get Maloti in change (unless you ask) which is very difficult to change
in South Africa.
There are ATMs at banks in most towns, but not elsewhere. Most banks
will change travellers cheques for you, but it can be a very lengthy
process if they in any other currency then Rand (ZAR).
Credit cards are not widely accepted.
Citizens of most Commonwealth countries, Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries, European states and the US will be granted a
free entry permit, valid for 30 days.
Your passport needs to be valid for another six month and you need at
least two blank pages. The proof of a return or onward ticket or your
future travel plans might be asked, but this should not be a problem.
The weather conditions in summer are ideal for camping and enjoying
the outdoors. Rain, however, will also fall during these months.
Temperatures range between 18C and 30C, from the coolness of the
highlands to the warmth of the lowlands.
winters, however, can be very cold and any outdoor activities,
especially in the highlands, should be avoided.
The HIV/Aids incidence rate in Lesotho is one of the highest in the
world. As visiting anywhere in the world, do not have unprotected sex.
Consult a doctor as to which vaccinations you will require, but they
will most likely include Hep A, Hep B, Rabies, Typhoid. Tropical
diseases such as Malaria, Yellow fever and Bilharzia are not present in
If you do have any serious health problems whilst in Lesotho, get in
contact with your country's embassy either in Maseru, or in most cases,
in Pretoria in South Africa, as there are very good hospitals across the
border in South Africa.
Lesotho is at a very high altitude, and the air is very thin especially
in the Highlands, be warned that you may suffer from altitude sickness
when you first arrive. Drink a lot of water and keep covered up, as it
gets very hot in the sun in the summer!
The water in Lesotho is not clean and should not be drunk untreated.
Remember Lesotho's air is very dry and everyone will suffer from dry