DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Lesotho

Kamaroutes takes you to Lesotho is a small country entirely landlocked in South Africa. The entire territory of this constitutional monarchy is located at over 1400 meters above sea level, which is why the country is nicknamed “Kingdom in the sky”. As in the case of the Swiss Alps, the mountains helped to maintain the independence of this territory from the European settlers who colonized the surrounding territories. Some mountains even exceed 3,000 meters, like Mount Thabana Ntlenyana and its 3,482 meters, sometimes covered with snow! In the north of the country is AfriSki, a station set up at an altitude of 3,000 meters in the Maluti Mountains. Most skiers come from major cities in South Africa. Pretoria or Johannesburg are only half a day away.

A self-drive or group tour in Lesotho will not be complete if you have not taken at least one pony ride, the main mode of transport in rural areas. Do not miss the Maletsunyane falls, the second largest falls in southern Africa (with 192 meters high in a single jump). The French missionary Le Bihan was the first white man to report the existence of this waterfall in 1881. A major tourist attraction in the city of Semonkong, the Maletsunyane falls are located in the Maseru district. In winter, the waterfall is often icy and the magnificent valley at the foot of the waterfall is worth visiting!

WHY CHOOSE LESOTHO?

More reasons to choose Lesotho for your next trip with Kamaroutes

  • Vast mountain landscape: Lesotho’s lowest point (1400m) is the highest lowest point in the world.
  • It is the only place in Africa where you can have a drink in a pub at 2 874 metres above sea level.
  • It is a homely zone for bird enthusiasts and a perfect place for bird watching. Some famous places are Maluti and Lesotho Drakensberg which is home to many native and rare species like Bearded vultures and the black eagle.
  • It is an adventure tourist’s dream destination, whether you are into water sports, skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, Lesotho has it all and more.
  • Lesotho is home to the famous Sani Pass, one of the most challenging yet rewarding 4×4 routes in the world.
  • It has breath-taking scenery which includes snow-capped mountain ranges during the winter.
  • It is home to Katse Dam, the highest dam wall in Africa.
  • Lesotho is also home to the largest sites of dinosaur footprints in the world.

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The Kome Caves

The Kome caves which are huts made of clay, built under the rock. The caves are an hour’s drive from the capital of Lesotho, Maseru and were built by the Basia and Bataung people who fled the war and the cannibalism raging at the time. Their descendants live in the caves today.

Photo credit: Visiter L’Afrique

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