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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Lesotho

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a small landlocked country within South Africa, having one of the weirdest borders in the world. A new Lesotho tourism slogan “An Unexpected High” couldn’t be more appropriate. Lesotho holds the pride of being the only county elevated entirely above 1000m in the whole world making it home to the only ski resort in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, it is renowned as the ‘Kingdom in the sky.‘ You will be able to glimpse a historic Africa through this enclaved kingdom.

While completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho could not be any more contrasted to its larger neighbor, in culture, atmosphere, and experiences. A kingdom packed with gorgeous mountains. Lesotho boasts of highland regions, panoramic views, and extreme adventure. this country has something for every traveler. From beautiful mountains to different adventurous sports like skiing, water sports, and snowboarding this country is definitely worth visiting.

1- Navigate the Famous Sani Pass

Sani Pass is one of the most challenging yet rewarding 4×4 routes in the world. The road was built in 1950 and has barely been repaired since.

The pass begins at 1,544 metres (5,065 feet) and summits at 2,876 metres (9,435 feet). Once used to transport wool, you’ll find it restyled today to allow adventurous travelers to explore on 4×4 tours and much more.

If you like adrenaline-pumping off-road driving, this rough route from Kwazulu-Natal to Lesotho is the road for you. If you go there be prepared for everything (from bad weather, treacherous conditions, and snow).

2- The Subeng dinosaur footprints

Lesotho holding a wealth of dinosaur fossils and other monuments of the prehistoric era is a paradise for paleontologists and archeologists! Prepare yourself to traverse back in time as you follow dinosaur footprint tracks as This mysterious country holds the largest sites of dinosaur footprints in the world. The Subeng dinosaur footprints are preserved in sandstone and feature the prints of a variety of prehistoric animals which lived approximately 200 million years ago.

If you look carefully you will a lot of details on the footprints. The footprints can be found in the north of Hlotse (some of the prominent locations are Morija, Subeng Stream, and Tsikoane). When you arrive, informal local guides are happy to show you the way.

3-Experience an African Ski Resort

When you’re planning a skiing holiday, Africa isn’t the first continent that springs to mind. But since you already know that Lesotho is a mountainous country, it shouldn’t be a surprise for you to know that Lesotho is home to one of the few ski slopes in Africa.

Lesotho’s slopes are famous among professional skiers, snowboarders, and those in the know.

Afriski Mountain Resort is a fully equipped modern resort for skiing in wintertime.

located in the Maluti Mountains (3222 m above sea-level), there is 1.8 km of slopes and 2 lifts transport available for the guests in Afriski Mountain Resort. It offers a main Ski slope, a beginner’s slope, and operates during the winter months.

You don’t need to visit Lesotho during the winter to get the African ski resort experience, though.

The warmer weather may melt the snow, but it leaves behind an awesome network of trails that link peaks and valleys, waterfalls, and views. whether you tackle the terrain on foot, on a mountain bike, or Enduro bike, or in your 4×4, you’ll find that the Maluti Mountains will inspire you to rise to the occasion.

4- Eat at the Highest Restaurant in Africa

At 3,222 m, Sky Restaurant is the highest restaurant in Africa and has a relaxed atmosphere. The ‘sky’ is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their menu provides for all tastes from homemade burgers to pizzas fresh from the oven, and delicious steaks, to more traditional, homely meals. 

5- Have a drink at the highest pub in Africa

Hidden in the clouds at the top of the Sani Pass (2,874 meters above sea level), Sani Mountain Lodge is home to the “highest pub in Africa”. You can enjoy a beer or even spend the night in the sky. It is quite a hassle to get there, but once you do, you will have one of the most well-deserved drinks of your life.

If you’re booked at the lodge, simply arrange to be driven up or down. The quaint bar serves homemade ‘glühwein’ during the colder months and tasty lunches can be ordered from as little as R55 ($3.5).

6- Get Inspired by Heaven-like scenery

Lesotho may be small in size, but the possibilities it provides are immense. Surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho is situated on a highland plateau and the mountains are the main reasons to visit Lesotho. There are endless green plains, rolling hills and mountains, the most beautiful waterfalls, snow-capped mountain ranges (during winter), and the occasional stray shepherd with his flock. The majority of time in Lesotho will be spent on rappelling, hiking, walking down beautiful passes, and mostly being in awe of an amazing landscape.

When planning a trip to Lesotho, it’s best to see it as a chance for digital detoxing as Cell coverage in Lesotho isn’t great. Neither is the WiFi (even when accommodation offers it).

Then not only will Lesotho make you want to switch off and enjoy nature, but you’ll be too distracted by its beauty to even think about technology.

7- Visit the Ha Kome historical cave dwelling

Situated in the Pulane area in the Berea district, Kome cave dwellings have tucked away in the corner of Lesotho. These fascinating, (and well preserved) carved out and built under enormous rocks, are home to descendants of the Basia and Bataung clans.

Past generations of Basotho fled to these caves to hide from cannibals who inhabited the area. Descendants of the original people who built the caves still live there, much as their forefathers did almost two centuries ago. Visitors can get their hands on authentic, locally produced crafts at the nearby Kome Crafts and Information Office.

8- Visit the Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village

Once the capital of Lesotho, Thaba Bosiu is located 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Maseru. Meaning ‘mountain at night’, Thaba Bosiu is believed to grow larger during the evenings, protecting inhabitants from enemies and intruders.

Thaba Bosiu mountain is both a natural attraction and one of the most important historical sites in Lesotho. The sandstone plateau is home to a fortress established by King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho Nation. It is also where he and his predecessors rest peacefully today.

Meaning ‘mountain at night’, Thaba Bosiu is believed to grow larger during the evenings, protecting inhabitants from enemies and intruders. The plateau formed a natural fortress, a place to gather the Basotho people during times of danger or extended sieges.

Visitors can book a guided tour and visit the ruins of the Royal Village, see King Moshoeshoe I’s grave and the majestic dunes.

9- Hiking

Lesotho is a hiker’s paradise. The country has no organized hiking trails – it doesn’t need any since the entire country is crisscrossed by a network of bridle and footpaths. People walk in Lesotho as a means of getting from A to B. There are no fences in the mountains; there is thus total freedom of access. In other words, you can hike anywhere you like in Lesotho. And, since the whole country is mountainous, wherever you choose will have its own beauty.

You will find many wonderful hiking trails for both the avid and less experienced hiker.

Remember, the high altitude comes with cold temperatures and unpredictable weather, so make sure to pack layers and a windproof shell!

10- Basotho People and their Old Culture

Lesotho isn’t overrun with tourism. Far from it, there’s a good chance you won’t bump into another tourist while roaming around the country, which means it’s a great place to immerse yourself in local life. Basotho people are amongst the nicest and friendliest in the world. Every person you pass will greet you with a smile. Even though both English and Sesotho are official languages of Lesotho, Sesotho is spoken by the vast majority of the population. There’s an obvious language barrier, but not only it doesn’t matter, but you’ll have a fun time trying to understand each other and you’ll remember the faces you meet long after you leave Lesotho.

Basotho people have one of the most unique cultures, one of them being the Basotho blanket which is depicted by the different colors and patterns. Anywhere you go in the country you see people dressed in woolen blankets. Lesotho has a cold climate for most of the year and this garment is ideal at that time. Most of the villages are located high in the Mountains.

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