Lesotho - The Mountain Kingdom

The kingdom of Lesotho is entirely encircled by its neighbour, South Africa. Maseru is the capital and from here most visitors venture into the mountains where there is an array of outdoor adventure activities on offer.

Formerly Basutoland, Lesotho gained full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations on October 4, 1966.

Lesotho is also known as the Kingdom in the Sky. It is the only country to be entirely above 1000m

Water is Lesotho's only significant natural resource. It is exploited through the 21-year, multi-billion-dollar Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which began in 1986.


Quick Reference

Currency: 1 Loti (LSL) = 100 lisente
Capital: Maseru
Time: GMT +2
Main Languages: English and Sesotho
Climate: Well marked seasons. Summer rainfall. Snowfall in the highlands
Electricity: 220/240 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin, rectangular blade plugs

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