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TravelComments.com country guide Lesotho
Lesotho, the “Kingdom in the sky” or the “Mountain Kingdom”, is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. After independence from Great Britain in 1966 the former Basutoland changed its name into Lesotho.
The tourist potential of the mountainous Kingdom is the natural beauty, rich flora and fauna, and the absorbing prehistoric and cultural heritage.
Lesotho is up to today one of the hidden gems of Southern Africa. Not many tourists, in comparison to the other Southern African countries, are visiting Lesotho. Due to its position up in the mountains and its less developed transport system, getting around in Lesotho can be quite difficult. Recent developments brought the first skiing resort to the country and with it one of the longest ski slopes in Africa.
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By car - by far the easiest way of getting around in Lesotho. Rental cars are available in Lesotho, but as most travellers are only spending a couple of days in the country on their way back to South Africa it makes more sense to rent the car in South Africa. If you’re in a group, renting a car is also often the most economical way of exploring the country. Although road conditions are not always perfect, it is possible and uncomplicated to reach even the remotest area of Lesotho. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Check the opening times of the border post before hitting the road to Lesohto.
By minibus taxi - minibus taxis travel between Mokhotlong (Lesotho) and Underberg (South Africa) via Sani Pass; and several taxis daily between Qacha’s Nek (Lesotho) and Matatiele (South Africa). There are also minibuses connecting Johannesburg with Maseru and Ladybrand (South Africa), which is only about 20km from the Maseru Bridge border.
There is not much "tourism" in Lesotho - at least compared to neighboring South Africa. Nevertheless a couple of lodges, B&B and backackers have been established over the years. The most famous is probably the Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre in Western Lesotho.
Lesotho at a glance