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Lesotho is a landlocked country within South Africa. The country is made up of over 30,000 square kilometres of land, with a country population of approximately more than two million. Its capital is Maseru. When in Lesotho, the languages that are understood are the official languages of Sesotho and English. The rest of the country relies on Sesotho, while most of the larger parts of the country, along with tourists destinations are able to speak English, along with a little of Afrikaans, the language widely spoken all throughout South Africa and Namibia.

What to see & do

Be one with the nature with Lesotho’s many destinations. As one of the few African countries with regular snow, Lesotho Highlands is the spot for snow skiing, with its slopes below the Mahlasela Pass. This tourist spot features three slopes, with two ski lifts heading to Afri Ski and Mahlasela pass skiing resorts.

Liphofung Nature Reserve, or ‘place of the eland’, is the smallest of all the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority reserves. It is a popular spot for school groups and tourists who are heading towards Oxbow.

Sehlabathebe National Park features approximately 6,500 hectares of rock formations and alpine flora, with an elevation of 2,400 metres. The nature reserve has been nationally designated, with the park made with an ideal terrain for hiking, bird watching, and sightseeing.

Thaba Bosiu Mountain, also known as the ‘Mountain at Night’, is a flat-top mountain, located in the valley of the Phuthiatsana River. For a fee, visitors can tour the mountain, with the fees depending per category divided into foreign adults, children, and student groups, and local adults, children, and student groups.

Tse’hlanyane National Park, located at the Maluti mountains, features around 5,600 hectares of extremely rugged mountain terrain, indigenous woodlands, with its routes giving access to Khabo village, and Hlotse River.

Other points of interest in Lesotho also include the Royal Archives, museums, and information centre. The Royal Archives was established by the Royal family, and registered as a non-profit organisation that features various pre-colonial and post-colonial records, along with other memorabilia, among others.

How to get around within Lesotho

There are various ways to get around Lesotho: via regular taxi, minibus taxi, car, or plane.

Getting around by regular taxi works via pick up – the regular taxis can be reached by phone, and are noted for their yellow downward stripe by the side, with a capacity that can fit up to four passengers. It is highly recommended to check regular taxi costs before getting in.

Locals travel by minibus taxi, also known as combi or Toyota Hiace. This mode of transportation works as a communal transportation where passengers get in, pay the fare per passenger, and reach the destination together.

Travelling by hired car is also possible when in Lesotho. Airports, along with hotels within the country, have car hires although it is also advisable to avail of South African car hires since they can be more inexpensive, and with the right permission or clearance, these cars can also be driven within Lesotho.

Depending on your destination, domestic air travel via charter flights can also be an option. Mission Aviation Fellowship has flights within Lesotho, to and from various areas of the country, even with destinations slightly inaccessible to other modes of transportation.

How to get there

With an impressive number of airports within the country, Lesotho can be reached by air, through its 28 airports. Only three of the airports have paved runways, and only one airport handles international flights. Visitors from outside Lesotho can fly into the Moshoeshoe I International Airport, the airport that serves the country’s capital, Maseru. The airport is located in Mazenod, and serves Mission Aviation Fellowship and Airlink, which fly within Lesotho and to and from Johannesburg, respectively.

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