African travel advice when visiting Lesotho
Lesotho is also known as the kingdom in the sky, due to its high altitude and mountainous peaks, Lesotho offers the traveler a different facet to Africa, closer to the Alps in climate, landscape and vegetation. Fresh mountain air, stunning views, and rare birdlife combine to attract outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.
Popular ways to explore the countryside are hiking and trekking in ATVs or on pony rides. Famous for their crafts and hospitality, the Basotho people give a warm welcome when they say Khotso (peace), at the same time inviting you to experience their small traditional villages and the pristine serenity that is Lesotho…
Moderate subtropical. Frost occurs more frequently in the winter. Most of the rain occurs from October to April and is usually concentrated in severe thunderstorms.
1 Lesotho loti = 100 lezneti. South African rand is accepted. Visa, Access/MasterCard and Diners Club credit cards have limited acceptance and use of travelers checks is limited outside of Maseru.
220 volts, 50 Hz. The plugs are double and triple round.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers coming from endemic areas. Visitors are also advised to take pre-arrival precautions against typhoid, hepatitis A and polio. Other health concerns include minimal medical facilities; Unavailability of many medicines. food and water borne diseases, in particular amoebiasis, typhoid fever and cholera; influenza (risk May – October); help; and tetanus.
Sesotho and English
New Year’s Day (January 1); Moshoeshoe (March 11); Champions Day (4 April); Good Friday (9 April); Easter Monday (12 April); Labor Day (May 1); King’s Remembrance (17 July); Independence Day (4 October); Christmas (25 December)
Basotho hat; items woven from grass (mats, brooms, baskets); Pottery. Wool and mohair rugs. Upholstery. textiles; Copy the drawing on the rocks. traditional seed, clay, beaded and porcupine feather jewelry; silver, gold, and ebony items; copper. African chess sets. The Basotho Hat Store is a good place to find local crafts.
The main religions are Christianity and traditional African religions – these and the older generations must be respected. Regular compliments and friendliness will be appreciated. Dress is casual, yet modest. For work, wear a lightweight suit and tie and follow your usual formalities, but expect a casual atmosphere and pace.
Gratuities are recommended in restaurants and hotels.
Description of the main attractions:
Maseru and its surroundings:
Basotho Hat, a major handicraft centre; the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Victories; Papal Pavilion Thorkild Handweavers and Motting Weavers; Lancer Gap, for views of the city and Caledon Valley; The Peach Blossom Route, in August, explore nearby orchards by car or on a pony; Rome. Morija, with its National Museum; and Matsieng houses the Royal Summer Palace (closed to visitors).
Close to Maseru is a flat hill marked by the large remains of the residences and villages of King Moshoeshoe I as well as the Royal Cemetery of Lesotho.
A short drive from Maseru, you can find a variety of souvenirs in this town as weavers and artisans sell their wares at the many craft centers available; Near the city there are some rock art of the (Bushmen) San.
Malia and its surroundings:
Heaven’s Gate is a wonderful trail on the way to Malealea with panoramic views of the plains dotted with quaint traditional villages, in Alpine spring blossoms along the way; There is a great center for pony trekking in Malealea and the trekking or hiking trails include a number of waterfalls such as the Maletsunyane Falls and alpine natives such as the famous Spiral Aloe; Nearby Mohale’s Hoek is scenic, and visitors to nearby Motlejoeng can explore some of the most interesting cannibal caves, which are found throughout Lesotho.
Subeng Stream Dinosaur Trackway, located about 5 miles north of Hlotse, is one of the best examples of dinosaur tracks in Lesotho; The footprints of many different dinosaurs, some dating back 180-200 million years, are preserved in the sandstone; The Moyeni and Masitise Dinosaur Trails feature the footprints of many different dinosaurs as well as other primitive reptiles.
Behold Parwana Rock:
paintings, 39 kilometers east of Maseru; An overhanging rock accessible after crossing a stream houses a fine gallery of Bushmen paintings.
Molimu Nthoussa and its surroundings:
One of Lesotho’s most attractive tourist routes, the road to Molimo Nthuse includes a series of mountain passes, each offering impressive views of mountain peaks, steep valleys, rolling streams and wide valleys; At Molimo Nthuse you’ll find one of the main centers for pony trekking in Lesotho – on offer are two-hour or day-trips to visit waterfalls, local villages, and other scenic attractions; Travelers can visit Maletsunyane Falls on a pony trekking trail, it is impressive as it is the single highest point in South Africa.
The massive Katse Dam is the centerpiece of the Highland Water Project, and is stunning when water levels are at their highest; The surrounding scenery is stunning and activities cater to bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts.
roof of africa:
a scenic route through Sani Pass, the gateway to the ring; The bulk of the route is in the Mokhotlong area, where the top of the Drakensberg Ridge is; They include Thabana-Ntlenyana, which at 3,482 meters is the highest peak in South Africa; Sunny Pass, Thapa Tsika, Katse and Helots make up an alternate section of the road where four-wheel drive vehicles are more suitable.
Sahaba-Thebes National Park:
The park encompasses 6,500 hectares with an average elevation of 2,400 meters and offers a wealth of bird life and diverse alpine flora. A small minnow-like fish (Oreodaimon quathlambae) that was thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in the Tzuelikana River.