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.

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Best time to visit Lesotho
Geography and environment
Top 5 Mountain Activities in Lesotho
Health and Safety
Further reading

Lesotho travel FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

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.

A service charge of 10-15% may be added to your bill. If not, tipping is at your discretion.

Internet cafes can be found in Maseru, but connections can be slow.

Mobile phone reception is good in urban areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Lesotho has a combination of modern flushable toilets and squat/pit toilets, depending on where you are travelling and staying. Generally large hotels, modern restaurants and city cafes have flushable toilets, while remote areas have squat toilets.

Bottle of soft drink = 8 LSL
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 6 LSL
Simple meal = 20 LSL
Three-course meal = 25 LSL
Short taxi ride = 5 LSL

Tap water is considered safe to drink, however outside main towns it’s advised to sterilize or filter the water. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found.

There is only limited acceptance of credit cards.

Some ATMs are available in main towns but they can be unreliable. Cash can be withdrawn from a bank using your card.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 11 Mar King Moshoeshoe I's Anniversary
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Workers' Day
  • 25 May Ascension Day
  • 25 May Africa Day / Heroes' Day
  • 17 Jul King Letsie III's Birthday
  • 4 Oct Independence Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Lesotho go to:

Responsible Travel

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.

Farmers in Lesotho prepare the fields

How we're giving back

In Lesotho, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.