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Geography

Lesotho is a landlocked country surrounded on all sides by South Africa. It is a mountainous kingdom situated at the highest part of the Drakensberg escarpment on the eastern rim of the South African plateau. Its mountainous terrain is cut by countless valleys and ravines, making it a country of great beauty. To the west, the land descends through a foothill zone of rolling hills to a lowland belt along the border where two-thirds of the population lives. Three large rivers, the Caledon, the Orange and the Tugela, rise in the mountains.

 

Religion

Around 80% Christian; mainly Anglican, Roman Catholic and Lesotho Evangelical. Indigenous beliefs account for the remaining 20%.

 

Social conventions

If spending some time in rural villages, it is polite to inform the head chief. It is likely that he will be very helpful. Normal social courtesies and a friendly, warm approach will be greatly appreciated. Dress should be practical and casual but local customs should be respected (including those regarding modesty in dress). Religion plays an important part in daily life.

 

Passports

To enter Lesotho, a passport valid for at least six months following departure, and with at least two blank pages, is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport note: 

Visitors traveling via South Africa  will need to comply with South African passport and visa regulations.

Visas: 

  • Nationals from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland can stay visa-free in Lesotho for up to 14 days;

 

  • Nationals from the UK and USA do not require a visa for Lesotho;

 

  • Nationals of Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia (1) do need a visa to enter Lesotho. 

 

Lesotho Languages

  • Sesotho and English.

 

Weather and Climate

Temperate climate with well-marked seasons. Summer is the rainy season; 85% of rainfall occurs from October to April, especially in the mountains. Snow occurs in the highlands from May to September. The hottest period is from January to February. Lesotho is a land of clear blue skies and more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

 

Required clothing

During the summer, lightweight cottons with warmer wear for the evenings is needed. In winter, medium- to heavyweight clothes are advised. Waterproofing is necessary during the rainy season.