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A country within a country, Lesotho is completely landlocked by South Africa and yet so different. Known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky it offers a host of experiences from mountains to valleys and rivers that present unforgettable panoramas for tourists. The country is relatively small, especially in comparison to South Africa, and has a land area of approximately 30, 555 square kilometres, making it similar in size to Belgium. But despite its diminutive size Lesotho is beautiful, culturally rich, safe, and cheap and traveling from South Africa it is easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg.

Lesotho can be compared to an alpine country where villagers travel on horseback in multi-coloured head gear and blankets. A place where hiking and trekking is world-class and the infrastructure of the four national parks continues to improve. In this Kindom in the Sky, the lowlands sit at 1000m and are the scene of quiet Lesotho life, with good craft shopping around Teyateyaneng and the capital, Maseru. But for those looking to experience something special, be sure to head inland into the valleys and mountains, where streams cross a landscape resembling an ancient dinosaur playground. Lesotho is a country of extremes, Thabana-Ntlenyana which lies in Lesotho stands at 3,482m, and is the highest mountain in Southern Africa, while the highest single drop fall in the Southern Africa is Maletsunyane at 192m, having the highest abseiling cliff in the whole world at 204m. Visiting Lesotho is definitely classified as genuine adventure travel.

Just as much of the beauty of Lesotho is understated, so is the hospitality of its people. Visitors can go pony trekking on one of the Basotho ponies in the early morning breeze, take in the stunning mountain landscapes and scenery, watch traditional life in a place that upholds a unique balance of the old and the new, laze around and soak up the sun and in the evening dine out or enjoy an ethnic meal around people who are sure to become new friends.

Lesotho, known as the "Kingdom in the Sky" due to its high altitude and mountainous terrain, offers a variety of activities and sights for visitors.

Here are ten things to do or see in Lesotho:

  1. Visit the Maletsunyane Falls: Located near Semonkong, this is one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in Africa, plunging 192 meters into a beautiful gorge. It's a stunning sight and a popular spot for abseiling and hiking.

  2. Explore the Sehlabathebe National Park: This remote park in the Drakensberg Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering breathtaking landscapes, unique rock formations, diverse flora and fauna, and opportunities for hiking and horseback riding.

  3. Ski or Snowboard at Afriski: Located in the Maluti Mountains, Afriski is one of only two ski resorts in southern Africa. It offers winter sports during the snowy season and mountain biking and other activities in the summer.

  4. Discover the Katse Dam: The Katse Dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, is an engineering marvel. Visitors can tour the dam, learn about its construction and impact, and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding reservoir.

  5. Experience Basotho Culture at Thaba Bosiu: This historical site was the stronghold of King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho nation. It offers cultural insights, ancient fortifications, and panoramic views of the surrounding plains.

  6. Hike the Ts’ehlanyane National Park: Located in the Maloti Mountains, this park is known for its rugged beauty, pristine streams, and indigenous forests. It's an excellent destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

  7. Ride a Basotho Pony: Horseback riding is a traditional mode of transportation in Lesotho, and many tour operators offer pony trekking tours through the scenic highlands, providing a unique way to explore the country's rugged terrain.

  8. Explore the Liphofung Cave: This historical and cultural site features rock art from the San people and offers insights into the early inhabitants of the region. The surrounding area also has beautiful landscapes and hiking opportunities.

  9. Visit Morija Museum and Archives: Located in the town of Morija, this museum offers a comprehensive look at the history, culture, and art of Lesotho, with exhibits ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary Basotho crafts.

  10. Admire the Rock Art at Ha Baroana: This site features ancient rock paintings by the San people, depicting scenes of hunting, dancing, and everyday life. It's a fascinating glimpse into the region's prehistoric past.

Lesotho offers a rich blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure, making it a unique and rewarding destination for travelers.

Gewilde Dorpe




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