Are you looking for a unique African adventure? Even though Lesotho is one of the smaller countries in Africa, it offers a large number of great attractions that will keep you busy during your entire trip. This landlocked country is surrounded by South Africa, but what makes it unique is that the country is entirely above 1,000 m in elevation, making it an alpine country with beautiful and challenging hiking and trekking paths.
Its beautiful national parks, rich culture and affordability make it great vacation option. It is easily accessible from Johannesburg, making it an ideal place to check out on a day trip if you are in South Africa. When you do visit, make sure to have vacation travel insurance to fall back on, so you can explore worry-free.
Travel advice for Lesotho
To be admitted into Lesotho, all Canadian travellers must present a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond their departure date. While work and study visas are required, tourist visas are not required for stays of up to 14 days. You can have your stay extended for an additional 30 days by visiting the immigration office in Lesotho. Temporary residence visas are required for stays longer than 44 days.
Always pay attention to your surroundings and take extra measures to protect your passport and personal items. Avoid walking alone if possible, as petty crime and muggings occur, especially after dark. If you plan to drive, you will need an international driving permit. Note that traffic drives on the left.
The official languages of the country are English and Southern Sotho. The currency is the Lesotho loti (LSL). The South African rand is accepted, and US traveller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted at hotels and tourist attractions. ABMs are also widely available.
The best time of the year to travel to the country is May to September. October to April is the wet season, and January and February are the hottest months of the year; violent thunderstorms are possible, making travel difficult and uncomfortable.
Top destinations to visit in Lesotho
Lesotho is known for its natural attractions and adventures. During your trip, consider visiting the country’s national parks, Sehlabathebe National Park and Tse’hlanyane National Park; Katse Dam and Botanical Garden; Sani Pass for hiking; the beautiful Maletsunyane Falls near Semonkong; Kome cave dwellings; and Major Bell’s Tower and fort. You can also see Bushman rock art and even real dinosaur footprints.
Travel insurance for Lesotho vacations
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|Population (2012):||2,051,545||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Sesotho, English|
|Diesel (2012):||1.31||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.24||1.23 (2013)|