The Kingdom of Lesotho, formerly known as Basutolandia, is a small African country whose borders are completely surrounded by South Africa. It’s a place with a very green and mountainous geography and they have the privilege of being the country with the highest low point in the world, 1,400 meters above sea level.

Green valleys, sharp mountains, rivers, nature reserves and several national parks make Lesotho a natural wonder worth exploring by any traveller. There are several travel agencies organizing tours but we think the best way is to discover it by yourself and ideally, in a combined route together with South Africa and Swazilandia as well 😉

The Sani Pass in Lesotho

The Sani Pass in Lesotho

Drakensberg The Mountains between South Africa and Lesotho

The Drakensberg Mountains in the border with South Africa

Katse Dam, the second largest in Africa

Katse Dam, the second largest in Africa

View from a window in Leribe, Lesotho

View from a window in Leribe

Makopanong village in eastern Lesotho

Makopanong village in eastern Lesotho

The Maletsunyane Falls

The Maletsunyane Falls

Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho

Maseru, the capital city

Artificial lake created by the Katse Dam

Artificial lake created by the Katse Dam

Young shepherd in Mokhotlong

Young shepherd in Mokhotlong

Snowy mountains from the Malealea Lodge

Snowy mountains from the Malealea Lodge

How to get to Lesotho: the most direct way is by plane from Johannesburg in South Africa to the Moshoeshoe International Airport in Maseru. You can also get there by road.

Where to stay in Lesotho: there is a wide range of accommodation option available from B&B, guest houses, home stays, hotels and luxurious lodges. You can stay in the mayor cities but it’s definitely better escaping to a charming retreat in the mountains.

How to move around Lesotho: using a 4-wheel drive car is the best option if you don’t want to miss anything and go off road.

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What to do in Lesotho: hiking, pony trekking, horse riding, mountain biking and rock climbing are the main activities for visitors to the country.

More information at the official government page.

Credit: photos by Mark Peacock, Vaiz Ha, Chris Jackson, Di Jones, Matthew Tostevin, Graham Maclachlan, Graham Maclachlan and Christian Woertz.

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