- The Mountain Kingdom
Known for its vast mountain landscape, Lesotho’s lowest point ( 1400m) is the highest, lowest point in the world. It is landlocked entirely by South Africa. Lesotho is divided into three geographical regions – lowlands; following the southern banks of the Caledon and Senqu River Valley, Highlands; featuring the Drakensburg & Maluti mountain ranges and the foothills which divide the highlands and the lowlands. The highest point is the Thabana Ntlenyana Mountain (3482m).
Lesotho’s weather is cooler than most regions and has a continental climate. It is known for being a winter wonderland during its cold months with snow fall covering vast parts of the land. In late July 2016, Lesotho experienced its heaviest snowfall in two decades.
Lesotho’s culture stems from the Basotho. Its main language is sesotho and is spoken by the vast majority of the population. The Basotho hat symbolises the mountain kingdom whilst the Basotho blanket signifies rich cultural heritage which is depicted by the different colours and patterns. Both these items are worn proudly and daily by the Basotho people. One cannot drive through Lesotho without seeing a Basotho pony, known for negotiating the steep mountains and for transporting food and water to and from.
Basotho people are amongst the nicest and most friendliest in the world. Every person you pass will greet you with a smile.
- To do:
Due to its mountainous landscape, Lesotho has ideal hiking and horse riding trails to those adventurous. Lesotho also boasts the longest commercially operated single drop abseil in the world for those that are daring. During winter, one can take up skiing. You can also enjoy a Maluti beer at the highest pub in africa. Experience the 4×4 trails of sani pass, Majestic waterfalls and scenery and visit Lesotho’s nature reserves – Bokong Nature Reserve and Ts’ehlanyane National Park.