…also known as the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is a high-altitude landlocked kingdom.
As a result it is totally encircled by South Africa. Only 1 of three countries in the world that is completely surrounded by 1 other country. It is crisscrossed by a network of expansive rivers, vast valleys and truly scenic, panoramic views of breathtaking mountain ranges.
This includes the 3,482m high peak of Thabana Ntlenyana, not to mention some spectacular waterfall drops such as Maletsunyane Falls near Semongkong.
Furthermore this stunning country holds a wealth of experiences in store for all visitors. It is well known for it’s rich possession and active mining of diamonds. Most noteworthy is it has the highest diamond mine in the world.
The hugely successful LHWP – Lesotho Highlands Water Project – which includes the beautiful katse dam not only supplies hydropower to Lesotho but also services the greater Gauteng province in South Africa for it’s domestic & industrial requirements.
Packed with awesome adventure options that lures fly fishermen, hikers and 4×4 enthusiasts!
It’s diverse culture is both fascinating & interesting. The Basotho people, who had fled from their original homes as a result of struggles with the emergent might of the Zulu under Shaka Zulu, were first unified under Moshoeshoe I in about 1818. He eventually became the first king of Basutoland. He settled his people at Thaba-Bosiu. close to the place which is now the countries capital, Maseru.
As a result of further conflict over territory with the trekboers, King Moshoeshoe I requested aid from Britain, and Basutholand (later Lesotho) became a British Crown Colony in 1884.
In the Southern part of the country is the Sehlabathebe National Park – a flagship park that is a must on the itinerary of any visitor, offering majestic scenery and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
This country in the sky is renowned for its extremes and weather is just another aspect. It has boasted some really magnificent snow falls plummeting temperatures WELL below freezing and displaying some picture perfect landscapes and rendering road passes challenging, even in 4×4 vehicles. Choose your season carefully!