Lesotho

Map of Lesotho

Events in Lesotho

Event Occurs Description
Morija Arts and Cultural Festival October Displays of both traditional and modern Basotho culture including music, dance, theatre and film at several venues in Morija.

Flights in Lesotho

To get into the highlands of Lesotho you will need to hike or fly. Mission Aviation offer flights from Moshoeshoe Airport in Maseru.

Mission Aviation flights in Lesotho

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Mission Aviation work in cooperation with the Lesotho Flying Doctors Service, however, they carry other passengers if they have space. They are based at Moshoeshoe Airport in Maseru.

Flights from the UK to Lesotho

To get to Lesotho you must fly into Johannesburg then either fly, drive or get a taxi into Lesotho. Airlines that fly to Johannesburg include British Airways, South African Airways and Vigin Atlantic Airways. South African Airways fly from Johannesburg to Maseru in Lesotho.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Lesotho

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British Airways operate twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport. The flight time is approximately 10 hours 45 minutes. From Johannesburg you can fly, drive or get a taxi into Lesotho. South African Airways operate flights a few times a day from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport to Maseru Airport. The flight time is approximately 1 hour 5 minutes.

South African Airways flights from United Kingdom to Lesotho

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South African Airways operate twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport. The flight time is approximately 11 hours 25 minutes. From Johannesburg you can fly, drive or get a taxi into Lesotho. South African Airways operate flights a few times a day from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport to Maseru Airport. The flight time is approximately 1 hour 5 minutes.

Virgin Atlantic flights from United Kingdom to Lesotho

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Virgin Atlantic Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport. The flight time is approximately 11 hours 5 minutes. From Johannesburg you can fly, drive or get a taxi into Lesotho. South African Airways operate flights a few times a day from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport to Maseru Airport. The flight time is approximately 1 hour 5 minutes.

Lesotho Culture and Traditions

In Lesotho the family is the dominant unit, and respect for the elder generation is important. One tradition and a typical way of celebrating this is through dance and their traditional dance is Ndlamo. Also it is not uncommon to see the locals greet people by raising their hand in the traditional greeting of “Khotso” which means peace.

Weather in Lesotho

During the summer the average temperature is 30°C in the lowlands and 18°C in the highlands and during the winter the temperature can drop as low as -7°C in the lowlands and -18°C in the highlands. Summer is hot and wet and the hottest time is in January and February, whereas winter can see snowfall, especially from May to September.

Seasonality

The best time of year to visit Lesotho is between October and March when it is sunny and has temperatures of 25-30°C as well as little rain.

Best Time to Visit Lesotho

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Lesotho

Local Currency

Loti (LSL)

General Advice

The currency in Lesotho is the Loti and the plural is maloti. Notes come in denominations of LSL200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 and coins come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lisente.

Money Exchange

You can exchange money in Maseru only.

ATM Availability

Many ATMs in Lesotho do not accept international cards and the machines can be unreliable. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are not widely accepted. They are mainly accepted in the capital, Maseru.

Other Information

The loti is at a fixed value against the South African rand and therefore the rand is accepted everywhere. When you cash your travellers cheques you can ask for rand.

Entry Requirements for Lesotho

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is not required.
Canada A visa is not required.
Denmark A visa is not required.
Ireland A visa is not required.
Netherlands A visa is not required.
New Zealand A visa is not required.
South Africa A visa is not required.
United States Please check with your embassy.
United Kingdom A visa is not required.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Lesotho

Buses

There are buses available for longer routes or minibuses that operate in the lowlands or minibus taxis for shorter routes.

Taxis

Taxis are widely available and there are also private taxis available to hire.

Car Hire

The road network is slowly expanding in Lesotho and so a good way to get around is by hiring a car. This is possible in Maseru. However, some roads may be impassable during the wet season and it is recommended that you do not drive in rural areas at night.

Driving

Driving is on the left hand side of the road and some roads may be impassable during the wet season.

Trains

There are no trains in Lesotho.

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