The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country located within the highveld region of Southern Africa. It has a population of around 2 million people and an area of 30,355 km². This makes it one of the smallest countries on mainland Africa.
Here is a list of the top ten things to do when visiting the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Ts’ehlanyane National Park is Lesotho’s most accessible park, situated in the Maloti Mountains, where mountain peaks exceed 3500 m. Ts’ehlanyane National Park is known for its rugged montane vistas, Alpine forests, abundant animal and birdlife, beautiful waterfalls and a superb network of hiking and horse trails. Accommodation is found at the wonderful Maliba Lodge.
Historic Cave Dwellings of Ha Kome date from the 18 C and have a fascinating history. The caves are still inhabited by the descendants of the early Lesotho tribes of Bataung and Basia. The people who built their homes here, used it as shelter during the Lifaqane wars in Lesotho. The people also had to hide from cannibals who dominated this part of Lesotho in the 18 C. The road there is only accessible with SUV and 4×4 vehicles.
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument is a flat mountain of significant historical significance to the people of Lesotho. The name Thaba-Bosiu means “Mountain by Night” and was mentioned by King Moshoeshoe, a leader and father figure to the Lesotho nation in the early 18 C. The Lesotho nation find its origins in this place.
Travelers to Thaba-Bosiu National Monument can also visit the Cultural Village and hike to see San (Bushman) Rock paintings.
Ha Baroana Cave Paintings are an archaeological site of importance, 35 kms from Maseru. The Ha Baroana cave paintings are some of the most impressive in Southern Africa. The paintings are believed to be 3000 years old. They depict animals, birds and dancing figures. The rock art paintings where strategically placed where the San people believed it to have a unique energy and value.
Maletsunyane Falls is located in a deep gorge, dropping an astonishing 196m, and visible from afar. Maletsunyane Falls is one of Southern Africa’s most spectacular, and worth visiting.
Pony trekking tours are available from the nearby Semekong village. The region is clean and pristine, sunsets at Maletsunyane Falls are beautiful.
Accommodation is available at the picturesque Semonkong Lodge.
Sehlabathebe National Park is the oldest nature reserve in the country, it is remote and almost inaccessible, but predictably peaceful and stunningly beautiful. There are fantastic adventure activities available, like pony trekking, hiking and 4×4 jeep trails. The park has abundant wildlife – 3 species of antelope, bearded rams, baboon and the endangered Cape vulture. Accommodation is available at the recently opened Sehlabathebe National Park Lodge.
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AfriSki Mountain Resort is 3,322 meters above sea level, it is one of only two ski resorts in Southern Africa. In summer, the resort caters for guests interested in hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and trail running, but in winter it is the perfect place for skiing and snowboarding. Equipment is available for hire.
Subeng River Dinosaur Footprints is a spectacular site where dinosaurs once roamed, and left their footprints behind. Visitors shall be able to see the footprints of four and more dinosaur species.
Gates of Paradise Pass is an impressive pass with beautiful rural scenery in the western corner of the Mountain Kingdom. Drive, hike or enjoy the vistas from the saddle of a pony.
Accommodation is available at Malealea Lodge.
Katse Dam is a splendid scenic spot in Lesotho. The Katse Dam is the tallest dam in Africa. It’s reservoir offers magnificent views of mountains and valleys (great photography).
Self-catering accommodation is situated nearby. Organized mountain biking, hiking and horse riding are available. The nearby Bokong Nature Reserve is worth a visit.