Fly to Maseru, Lesotho
Lesotho is an outdoor paradise left largely untouched by time. The scenery is spectacular, with lush valleys, soaring peaks, plunging waterfalls, and ancient caves dotting the landscape.
It’s called the Kingdom of the Sky for good reason, with its lowest point at 1400m above sea level, and its highest mountains scraping the sky at more than twice that. Hiking, skiing and pony-trekking are the top attractions here, as the mountainous terrain offers adventurers countless routes of various difficulties.
The local culture is well preserved in Lesotho, and many of the houses in smaller villages and towns remain in the traditional mokhoro style. The thatched roofs and stone or mud-brick walls give these places an authenticity that is becoming increasingly difficult to find when travelling.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Lesotho. Just make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Lesotho is in Maseru. Cnr Kingsway & Old School Road, Maseru. Phone: + 266 2222 5800.
See and do
Lesotho is rich in natural attractions, and for outdoorsy types it really is close to heaven on earth. If you’re a keen hiker, consider hiring a local guide to take you to and from one of the incredibly remote villages in the highlands. There is the option of finding your own route, using the topographical maps available in Maseru, but this is recommended for very experienced hikers only.
For a slightly less demanding, but no less exciting way to see the highlands, try pony-trekking. The sure-footed Basotho ponies climb to daunting heights, inaccessible from any road. No riding experience is necessary, and you’ll get to see some incredible scenery and truly authentic rural villages.
Make sure you pay a visit to the Semonkong Falls, which plunge 200m into a swimmable pond. In winter the falls become encased in ice and the plunging cascades become a crystalline wonder. Winter also offers fabulous skiing at Oxbow, with sunny slopes and great runs.
History buffs will love the preserved dinosaur footprints that can be seen around Lesotho, and the rock art in its caves is equally fascinating.
Public transport in Lesotho is limited to taxis, minibus taxis, rental cars and light aircraft. Most attractions are accessible by road, and 4x4s aren’t really necessary.
Before you leave, make a trip to Teyateyaneng or Hlotse to visit their markets. They have a far better selection than those in Maseru, and you’ll find traditional Basotho hats, carved sticks, rugs and other souvenirs for much less than anywhere else.
Moshoeshoe International Airport – MSU
Food and beverage: There are a few small restaurants at the airport, serving coffee and snacks.
Currency Exchange: There may not be Forex facilities at Moshoeshoe Airport, so you might want to exchange currency before you arrive, or wait until you’re in Maseru.
Lost Luggage: Luggage is frequently lost in this airport, and there is no lost luggage facility. Keep a close eye on your belongings and make sure your hold luggage is securely locked.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: The Palace Hotel, D.R. Guest House, Victoria Hotel and Tribute Guest House.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar are on hand to offer you car rental services in Lesotho.