Welcome to Lesotho, the perfect destination for travelers looking for adventure. With its unique combination of picture-perfect alpine scenery, welcoming locals and amazing trekking opportunities, Lesotho is a one-of-a-kind experience. Visitors will find themselves awestruck by traditional rondavels (round huts with conical roofs), rolling hillsides of lush pastures and grazing sheep spotted around every bend in the road. Take in the breathtaking views atop a Basotho pony or explore on foot – there’s something for everyone in Lesotho. Enjoy comfortable rondavel accommodations and long evenings spent fireside under a tapestry of stars. Whether you’re into horseback riding or hiking, you won’t forget your time spent in this iconic country. From its spectacular mountain ranges to its unique network of rivers and its natural wonders, Lesotho enchants visitors with its captivating beauty. The Thaba Bosiu plateau, near Maseru the capital, has ruins that date back to the 19th-century rule of King Moshoeshoe I. On top of this plateau stands the iconic Mount Qiloane, a symbol of great importance for the nation’s Basotho people. With its enchanting landscape and historic heritage Lesotho offers an unforgettable experience for anyone so fortunate to visit it.
Things to Do
An awe-inspiring journey awaits at Thaba-Bosiu, the “Mountain of the Night” and sacred home of Moshoeshoe the Great. Nestled in the rolling hills of Lesotho, this national monument is considered the birthplace of the Basotho nation and a site of immense historical importance. Explore its ancient pathways and witness tangible evidence of Moshoeshoe’s rule at Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village. Learn about warrior culture, uncover traditional customs, and dive deeper into an era that shaped this beautiful part of Africa. Whether seeking to connect with deep heritage or simply be surrounded by breathtaking views, visiting Thaba-Bosiu will kindle your adventurous spirit and create an unforgettable experience.
- A pony trekking adventure at Maleale
- Winter skiing
- Rich cultural history
- Hiking & Mountain trails
- Sani Pass
- National Parks
- Maletsunyane Falls in Semonkong
- Katse Dam
- Maulti Mountains
- Morija Museum & Archives
- National Museum
By Air: The main international airport servicing flights to Lesotho is Moshoeshoe I International Airport.
By Road: Distance from Johannesburg to the Lesotho border is approx. 420km or 4.5 hours based on crossing the main border post at Maseru Bridge.
Lesotho Border Crossings: There are various boarder crossing points, depending on which side you cross take note that there are certain boarder posts operating hours. The Maseru Bridge, Ladybrand, Free State is open 24 hours.
For centuries, the Sotho people have brought innovation and dynamism to South Africa – combining their rich cultural heritage with a modern outlook. They’ve celebrated their heritage through traditional forms of authority, such as chieftaincy, connecting communities across generations all the way from the king to the village level. The Sotho are a beacon for how we can nurture continuity in our society even in times of disruption and change. With great respect for the environment and a drive to maintain sustainable living practices, they provide a model that is inspiring others around the world. Experience traditional Lesotho culture like never before at its birthplace. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, Lesotho is an independent nation deeply rooted in a centuries-old tradition – from initiation schools to models of rural homesteads. Get to experience the beautiful contrasts between urbanization and rural villages through your visit to Lesotho. Explore the diverse countryside with various modern institutions, including chieftaincy systems that still remain incredibly influential among the people there. No matter where you’re from, you’ll be welcomed with enthusiasm and boundless energy as you explore the dynamic culture of Lesotho firsthand!
What is the weather like
Experience Lesotho’s temperate alpine climate like never before! Located high up in the mountain ranges of Southern Africa, Lesotho offers a unique combination of hot summers and cool winters – perfect for exploring the dramatic natural wonders this country has to offer. Whether you’re looking to explore the waterfalls or take part in one of the many outdoor sports activities on offer around this beautiful region, Lesotho is the perfect destination for nature-lovers who are keen to make their escape and leave routine behind. From rugged mountains to crystal clear streams, come discover all that Lesotho has to offer. With plenty of sunlight and pleasant days, the summer months of October to April are a good time to visit Lesotho.
What to pack
Warm lightweight gloves and scarf and thick stockings/leggings for those cold winter nights. Light sweaters are great for layering. Rain jacket: Helpful during the rainy season. Camping/tech wear can be terrific for staying dry, cool or warm clothing depending on how hot/cold the climate is.
Lesotho Loti although the South African Rand is widely accepted. The LSL= 1 ZAR.
Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Tetanus. No yellow fever vaccination certificate required for this country. Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid. Selectively advised vaccines – only for those individuals at highest risk: Cholera.
To enter Lesotho, a passport valid for at least three months following departure, and with at least two blank pages, is required by all nationals. There is limited acceptance of credit cards. There are ATM machines in the main towns in Lesotho, but there facility for accepting international bank cards is not very reliable. Travelers checks are widely accepted, to not incur highs costs, it is recommended that travelers take travelers checks in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.