LESOTHO TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO LESOTHO
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.
LESOTHO COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa, and are subject to South African entry regulations. Entry restrictions: Lesotho has restricted the entry of all travellers through its airports, except for personnel involved in the transportation of medical supplies, food, and other goods. Entry and exit to Lesotho is allowed with approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide or receive emergency medical services for a life threatening condition. As of October 1, business people, students, people with permits to live and work outside Lesotho, the critically ill and people with special needs will be permitted to enter and exit Lesotho. Visitors to Lesotho must travel through, or transit via, South Africa, and are subject to South African entry regulations. Entry requirements: travellers eligible to enter and exit Lesotho must present a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours prior to their arrival. Quarantine requirements: Anyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. Individuals who have been in coronavirus-affected areas within the past 14 days are required to self-quarantine at their permanent or temporary place of residence for 14 days. This self-isolation period may be required to take place in a government-nominated hotel at the visitor’s expense. There are currently 787 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Lesotho and 44 deaths as of Nov 29 2020 https://ls. usembassy. gov/lesotho-country-specific-information-on-coronavirus-worldwide-outbreak/https://www. gov. uk/foreign-travel-advice/lesotho/entry-requirements
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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
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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.