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Lesotho

Seemingly endless mountain ranges, magnificent nature reserves and fascinating cultural traditions make this country within a country an appealing vacation destination. 

Nicknamed the “Kingdom in the Sky,” Lesotho is a land of peaks and highlands and home to the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana. Go skiing in the Maluti Mountains, mountain bike through African wilderness and embark on pony treks to remote villages.

South Africa surrounds Lesotho on all sides, making it one of only three countries in the world completely surrounded by another country. The Basotho people, a Bantu ethnic group, make up more than 99 percent of Lesotho’s population. Visit rural areas to observe centuries-old ways of life. Agricultural farming is often the main source of income for residents and many villagers live in traditional mud huts.

Head to the remote wilds of Malealea in the west of the country for an overnight pony trek or a hike through stunning scenery. Further north sits Leribe, where dinosaur footprints can be found near the Subeng River.

In the central part of the country is the Bokong Nature Reserve. One of Africa’s highest nature reserves, Bokong sits on a cliff overlooking the highlands. Trek to the reserve’s Lepaquoa Waterfall and look for bird species such as the exotic bearded vulture.

Although natural attractions abound, Lesotho also promises man-made thrills. Marvel at the power of the Katse Dam, a feat of engineering with its own dedicated visitors’ center. Also of note is the cave art and Stone Age artifacts of the Liphofung Caves in the north.

Drive from South Africa to Lesotho, entering via one of the more than 10 different border posts. Alternatively, fly into Moshoeshoe I International Airport from Johannesburg. Consider renting a four-wheel drive for travel within Lesotho, as many roads are unpaved and impassable in the rainy season without specialized vehicles.

Lesotho has over 300 sunny days a year, and the hottest months are January and February. Bring plenty of waterproof clothes in the summer, as this is Lesotho’s rainy season. Winter sports lovers should come from May to September, when snow falls on the highlands. 

Plan adventures in Lesotho, a land with rich cultural traditions and unspoiled natural attractions.


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Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino ¥10,047
Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019
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Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino

Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino

Hilton Hill Road, Maseru
     
    3.9 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Pleasing all around. Very good terrain for my fitness walks and run

    Avani Maseru Hotel ¥10,309
    Reviewed on Feb 9, 2020
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    Avani Maseru Hotel

    Avani Maseru Hotel

    12 Orpen Road, Maseru
       
      3.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very friendly check-in at reception. All staff helpful and willing. Pleasant and quiet surroundings with view of garden.

      Scenery Guesthouse Maqalika ¥4,587
      Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019
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      Scenery Guesthouse Maqalika

      Scenery Guesthouse Maqalika

      Maseru East, Maqalika, Maseru
         
        3.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        First, I got lost a number of times trying to locate the guest house On the first morning I arrived at the dining hall at 09h00 by then most of the breakfast had been eaten, I had to make do with some slices of bread and cheese which I asked for in the Kitchen. My booking included dinner which I ...

        Scenery Guesthouse Stadium ¥4,404
        Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018
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        Scenery Guesthouse Stadium

        Scenery Guesthouse Stadium

        Mejametalana Street, Behind Setsoto Stadium, Maseru
           
          3.7 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff at this Guest House were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are reasonably comfortable, although having tiled floors with very small rugs makes the floors very cold on cold nights. There is not a lot around, but it is a cheap taxi ride into the center of the city and the Basotho Hat craft ...

          Maliba Lodge
          Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019
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          Maliba Lodge

          Maliba Lodge

          Ts'ehlanyane National Park, Leribe, Butha Buthe
             
            4.5 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Beautiful views and surroundings around the property. the rooms were well equiped. access to the property is not very easy and the restaurant which we'd heard good things about was dissapointing especially on the second night of our stay when the food was barely warm and not particulary tasty or ...

            Mohale Lodge
            Reviewed on Sep 26, 2013
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            Mohale Lodge

            Mohale Lodge

            Ha Mohale, Likalaneng
               
              3.8 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              very nice place to spend a night.great comforable beds.good food.very clean

              Maliba Lodge Maliba River Lodge ¥13,519
              Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019
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              Maliba Lodge Maliba River Lodge

              Maliba Lodge Maliba River Lodge

              Ts’ehlanyane National Park, Butha Buthe, Butha-Buthe
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We arrived relatively late at about 6.45pm. Promptly shown to our River Lodge before checking in. Went to reception to check in and they seemed more interested in signing you up for their dinner. Shown where dining room was but given no other orientation. They advertise free internet but you are ...

                Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village ¥6,469
                Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
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                Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village

                Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village

                Masekoeng, Thaba Bosiu, Maseru
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The cleanliness was perfect, the personal friendly, the surroundings unique and well tended. Breakfast fair. We had dinner, since there was a group, we as a couple were offered to take part at the buffet which was ok, tasty food. A guided hike up the Thaba Bosiu historical site was an absolute highlight, ...