LESOTHO TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
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).
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.
HEALTH RISKS IN LESOTHO
Be aware of possible health risks in
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.