Where is Lesotho? The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Lesotho is enclaved completely within South Africa, and has an area of just over 30,000 square kilometers with a population of more than two million inhabitants. Lesotho roughly translates to ‘The Land of the People Who Speak Sesotho’.
Sesotho, now known as Sotho, along with English are the official languages of the country, whereas Maseru is the capital and largest city. Maseru lies in the western most part of the country, directly on the border with South Africa. The country is a member of the Commonwealth, and gained independence in October 1966.
Where is Lesotho geographically? Lesotho primarily consists of mountainous areas and is the only country in the world that lies entirely over 1,000 meters, with its lowest point at 1,400 meters, the highest lowest point in the world.
Because of its distinct geography, Lesotho experiences a cooler, continental climate, making it pleasant throughout the year. That being said, some areas on the highlands can experience -4 Fahrenheit temperature.
The Moteng Pass, for instance, is known for its snow-covered peaks, while snowfall is also common in low valleys and deserts from May to September. Rainfall in the region is unpredictable for the most part as droughts can be experienced from May to September during the winter season while flooding is experienced from October to April. Maseru is one of the top places to visit in Lesotho as it is one of the primary tourism spots in the country.
The city is known for its distinct, traditional architecture featuring thatched-roof mud and brick houses. Maseru is home to six hotels of which two boast casinos, and the Afriski, the only ski resort in the country where accommodation is readily available. If you love skiing, then the best time to be here is from June to August. The Sani Pass is also one of the most popular places to visit in Lesotho that is known for its scenic views and wildlife.
Within 1 hour from Maseru, you can head to the Sani Pass where guided tours are readily available. For more nature and wildlife exploration, the Sehlabathebe National Park is the ideal desitnation for camping, picnics, wildlife tours and safari tours. While Lesotho may be a landlocked and relatively smaller country, it has many wonders of Mother Nature and a developing capital city that make it worth a visit!