Lesotho

LESOTHO TRAVEL GUIDE

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Lesotho, a high-altitude, landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and mountain ranges including the 3,482m-high peak of Thabana Ntlenyana. Known as the Kingdom in the Sky because of its lofty altitude — it has the highest lowest point of any country in the world (1400m) and is the only country to be entirely above 1000m.

 

The Kingdom of Lesotho was formed through the pursuit of peace, and this peaceful nature still exists in the Basotho. They are friendly and welcoming people and do not have the aggressive history some of the peoples of neighbouring countries have.

 

Renowned for its rare and spectacular birds, flora and landscapes, this country’s biggest revenue earner is tourism. This does not mean that Lesotho is a commercial and populated hub, like most touristy places. It is unspoilt, mostly mountainous terrain, with little villages up in the crags and crannies! Very well connected by road, it is the backpackers’ dream destination.

 

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LESOTHO QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Maseru
  • Currency: loti (LSL) / South African rand (ZAR)
  • Area: 30,355 km²
  • Population: 2,108 million (2018)
  • Language: Sesotho (southern Sotho) (official), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa
  • Religion: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%
 

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LESOTHO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 11 March, King Moshoeshoe’s Anniversary
  • 1 May, Workers’ Day
  • 25 April, Africa Day/Heroes’ Day
  • 17 July, King Letsie III’s Birthday
  • 4 October, Independence Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Ascension.

FESTIVALS IN LESOTHO

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LESOTHO WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Lesotho has a continental temperate climate characterised by four distinct seasons. The average temperature ranges between -10°C in winter and
30°C in summer. The country receives most of its rainfall between the months of October to April, with an average of 700 mm per annum. Precipitation patterns are determined by regional and local climate controls. The lowest average annual precipitation occurs in the Senqu River Valley (450 mm) and the highest in the north-eastern mountain zone (1.300 mm).

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LESOTHO TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW SPORT IN LESOTHO

Lesotho's Afriski mountain resort is located at 3222m above sea level and offers skiing and snowboarding over the months of June, July & August.

HIKING & CYCLING IN LESOTHO

You can enjoy outdoor activities in Lesotho throughout the year as the weather is fairly moderate, although always cool due to the altitude.

BEACH OPTIONS IN LESOTHO

SURFING IN LESOTHO

KITESURF IN LESOTHO

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HEALTH RISKS IN LESOTHO

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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