Lesotho

General Information about Lesotho

Lesotho is found in southern Africa, completely surround by the country of South Africa. Lesotho has a very mountainous terrain, with more than 80% of the country elevated almost 2,000 meters above sea level. With a population of around 2,100,000 Lesotho is one of the smaller countrys in Africa. The main langauges spoken in Lesotho are English and Sesotho. The name Lesotho translates from Sesotho to English as 'the land of people who speak Sesotho'.

80% of the population in Lesotho are Christian but many traditional beliefs are still followed. Maseru is Lesotho's capital city and is home to around 200,000 people. This city has a laid-back feel and a good nightlife but is surounded by villages which give the experience of more traditional lifestyle.

Climate

Find Out About The Climate At Lesotho

Lesotho's climate is usually temperate with cool cold winters and hot wed summers with January and February being the hottest months to visit. May through to September are the coolest months to visit with snow occuring. In the mountain areas snow can occur at anytime of the year. Much of Lesotho's climated is influenced by its being located in the Karoo Basin, as well as strong influences from the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. If you are visiting between October to April expect to experience plenty of rain as most of Lesotho's rain falls during this period.

Geography

Geographical Information On Lesotho

Lesotho was originally called Basutoland but changed its name when it gained independence from the UK back in 1966. Lesotho is a landlocked country with a total area of 30,355 square kilometres. Its highest point is Thabana Ntlenyana which measures up to 3,482 metres while its lowest peak of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers is only 1,400 metres. Its capital Maseru (Muh-SEH-roo) is set on the Caledon River and is 5,000 feet above sea level. Much of the country side is mountainous with highland plateaus and hills.

Economy

Learn About The Economy At Lesotho

Lesotho's main natural resource is its water and is also referred to as 'while gold'. Lesotho has set up a major hydropower facility and sells most of its water to South Africa. The agricultural industry is very low and only supports around 14 percent of the economy. The main produces are corn, wheat, pulses, barley, livestock and sorghum which is a cane like plant with a high sugar content. Apart from that Lesotho is a poor country with one-third of the male population being unemployed. Lesotho receives economic aid from many countries such as the United States, the World Bank, Ireland, United Kingdom the European Union and Germany. The official currency is the Loti.

Attractions, Activities and Tours in Lesotho

* Maseru Attractions


Guesthouses in Lesotho

* Boqate Guesthouses* Butha-Buthe Guesthouses* Foso Guesthouses
* Leribe Guesthouses* Maseru Guesthouses* Mohales Hoek Guesthouses
* Selomas Guesthouses


Hotels in Lesotho

* Leribe Hotels* Leribe Hotels* Leribe Ls Hotels
* Maseru Hotels* Mohales Hoek Hotels* Mutlanyane Hotels
* Roma Hotels


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