Lesotho, facts and travel tips

Lesotho is one of the smallest nations in the world and is completely surrounded by South Africa. It is also unique because it is the only independent state in the world that is above 1,000m in elevation. The lowest point in the country is at 1,400 meters, which is the highest low point for a country in the world as well.

Because of the higher altitude, Lesotho is comfortable all year long. Thunderstorms come often during the summer months. It is a country that is dependent upon agricultural work and mining with a strong tourism sector built to support the many adventures that can be found here.

While visiting Lesotho, be sure to take a lingering tour of the Kome Caves. These caves were actually homes that were built by the Basotho people, their way of trying to escape the tribes of cannibals that once roamed the region. They are about an hour’s drive from Maseru.

The Semonkong Falls are quite impressive. The total drop is over 200 meters. You can swim in the pond that forms below the falls if you wish, though in winter, the falls do ice over and the waters below freeze.

You can also trace dinosaur footprints during your stay, with well-preserved examples located around Morija and Moyeni. Consider the rock art around Liphofung Cave as well to get to know the culture better.

With pony-trekking, hiking, and skiing opportunities abundant, Lesotho is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Make your way here and you will be able to plan an amazing holiday experience.

Travel and vacation in Lesotho

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Lesotho. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Lesotho. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

January 1New Year's Day
March 11Moshoeshoe I's Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableEaster Monday
May 1Labour Day
VariableAscension Day
May 25Africa Day/ Heroes' Day
July 17King Letsie III's Birthday
October 4Independence Day
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

2Mafeteng 57.059
3Hlotse 47.675
5Mohale's Hoek28.310
6Qacha's Nek25.573
7Quthing  24.130
8Butha-Buthe 16.330
9Nako 13.146
10Mokhotlong 8.809

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

Total confirmed cases
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Total recovered
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Total active cases
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