Lesotho Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Lesotho

Where is it?: Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa

Why do people go here?: To escape the racial tension in South Africa and to enjoy the mountains and friendly accommodating people.

What are the main entry points?: South Africa surrounds it

Currency used: Loti

Country Code for Phones: 266

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required

Religion: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Population: 2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%,

Government: Constitutional monarchy

Languages: Sotho, Southern, English

Travel Information

Major Cities: Maseru

Attractions: Teyateyaneng, Thaba-Bosiu

Tourism Office locations and links: www.lesotho.gov.ls

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Diamond Mines, Hersdmen Huts, Ha Baroana Rock Paintings

Health Issues: Malaria

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Since it’s high in the mountains, the weather can be cold, wet and foggy. Best chances to avoid this is January through March.

Common Phrases: Yes = E-Ea, No = Ch, Hello, Good Morning, Good Afternoon = Lumela (s) Lumelang (pl), How are you? = U phela joang? (s) Le phela joang? (pl) = How are you? – Le kae?. Thank you = Kea leboha, What is your name? = Lebitso la hau U mang?

Specific Events/Holidays: Moshoeshoe: March 11, King’s Birthday: July 17, National Independence Day: October 4

Getting Around: Buses work best here.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Lesotho is the Maseru Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Lesotho travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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