Nestled Switzerland-like in the heart of South Africa, Lesotho is the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’. This little landlocked country offers a pocket-sized package of stunning mountain scenery, hiking opportunities and wildlife spotting. With a fascinating cultural heritage and ample opportunity to get back to nature, Lesotho is a slice of mountain paradise.
Lesotho Tours & Travel
At a glance
|Capital city:||Maseru (population 228,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria|
|Electricity:||Type M (see D)|
Best time to visit Lesotho
There’s no bad time to visit Lesotho. October to April tends to be wetter, while winter (May to September) can be cold, dropping below freezing at night. The climate is mostly temperate all year round.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Mountain Activities in Lesotho
Pull on your boots and head to the hills to explore Lesotho’s mountains. The views are spectacular and you’re more likely to encounter a waterfall or San Bushman rock art than another human being.
2. Meet the Basotho
Take a walk through Malealea village and leave with a bevvy of new friends. Curious kids and friendly adults will proudly show you around and introduce you to their traditions.
3. Pony Trekking
If you prefer four legs to two, then there’s nowhere better to get on a horse (or pony) and ride than Lesotho. Set out with a guide to explore the countryside on a short or overnight trek.
4. Explore Canyons
Take a hike to the stunning Pitseng Canyon. Walk under overhanging cliff faces and past cascading rockpools where, if it’s warm enough, you can take a dip.
5. Wildlife Spotting
Lesotho boasts some spectacular wildlife-spotting opportunities. Keep an eye out for rare birds, vultures, meerkats, jackals, mountain reedbuck and baboons.
FAQs on Lesotho
Entry permits are issued free of charge on arrival for most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. All nationalities should check with their nearest Lesotho Embassy for more information.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 6 LSL
Simple meal = 20 LSL
Three-course meal = 25 LSL
Short taxi ride = 5 LSL
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Mar 11 Moshoshoe’s Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Workers’ Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 25 Africa Day/Heroes’ Day
Jul 17 King Letsie III’s Birthday
Oct 4 Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Lesotho Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Lesotho
1. Be considerate of Lesotho’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
10. Avoid purchasing products harvested from endangered animals.
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