Holidays in Lesotho offer spectacular mountain scenery (Sani Pass is a must) with adventure activities such as hiking, pony trekking, fishing and abseiling.
Lesotho, often referred to as the 'Mountain Kingdom' and 'Kingdom in the Sky'; offers a very different tourism experience. Sani Pass is the most visited attraction in Lesotho.
Lesotho is a small landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. Its boundaries run with those of KwaZulu-Natal to the east, Eastern Cape to the south and the Free State to the north and west. It covers an area of approximately 30 300 square kilometres.
The capital of Lesotho is Maseru. Lesotho's people are called Basotho's and are a nation of solid traditions, beliefs and customs. The major natural resource is water and the economy of Lesotho is based on subsistence farming and animal husbandry as well as small-scale industries that include clothing, footwear, textiles, food processing and construction.
Mountains, valleys and rivers provide memorable scenery for tourists. The Maluti Mountains, spurs of the Drakensberg range, extend north and south. They form a high plateau from 9,000 to 10,000 ft in height. The highest point is Thabana Ntlenyana (11,425ft) in the east. The rich volcanic soils of the foothills and mountains are some of the best in the country.
The sources of two of the principal rivers in South Africa, the Orange and the Tugela, are in these mountains. Tributaries of the Caledon River, which forms the country's western border, also rise here.
Lesotho boasts 299 sunny days a year! Winter is from June to August, September to April is spring.
The only viable road into Lesotho from Kwa-Zulu Natal is the Sani Pass road. This scenic winding and twisting road is only accessible by 4x2 and sometimes in bad weather, 4x4. A friendly bar at the top of Sani Pass offers spectacular views over the mountains and you feel like you are on top of the world! The nearest towns to the Sani Pass are Himeville and Underberg.
Lesotho offers good walking trails and has a large raptor population including the Cape Vulture, Steppe Buzzard, Black Eagle and the rare Bearded Vulture.
Basotho Pony trekking is very popular as these sure-footed ponies can take visitors into areas not accessible by road.
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