Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a poor country with many riches. It’s the only independent country that lies entirely above 1,000 metres (3,281 ft). Its lowest point of 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) is thus “the highest low point” for any country in the world. For this it’s earned the nickname: The Kingdom in the Sky.
Where there’s height, there’s snow and Lesotho also boasts the longest ski slope on the continent. While in the Lesotho Region you should visit the AfriSki Resort in Butha Buthe about 415 kilometers ( 260 miles ) from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Simply arrive at this Johannesburg Airport, and pre book a small, medium or large coach ( depending on your Group size ) with our affordable overland coach hire service. The skiing can be good, but generally if you’re visiting the country, you’re not coming for the slopes – they’re just a bonus. Access to the resort is via the steep tarred Moteng or Mahlasela passes.
Top attractions of Lesotho include Sehlabathebe National Park which is remote, rugged and beautiful. The park is perfect for hiking, bird-watching and contains unusual rock formations and mountain flora. The person who penned the words “getting away from it all” had this place in mind.
Another great attraction is Maletsunyane Falls, one of the highest single dropping waterfalls in the southern hemisphere. The water plummets nearly 200 metres down a spectacular gorge creating clouds of spray visible from afar.
The village of Malealea is also worth the visit, with its ancient San paintings hidden in rock shelters, it’s one of the gems of Lesotho. The best way to experience the spectacular landscape is to take a guided ride on a pony. Malealea is advertised as ‘Lesotho in a nutshell’ and that seems about right. If you don’t fancy the trip there, you can always arrange pony trekking from the capital, Maseru.
If you’re after something different, why not try a trip back in time. Life in Lesotho goes back a while – 200 million years in fact. The evidence is in the fossilized dinosaur prints which have been uncovered throughout the land. Tsikoane and Subeng, (close to Hlotse), are two good spots to see their tracks. Don’t try finding them without the help of the locals, though.
The country also offers top abseiling, fishing, bird watching and mountain biking. Request a coach quotation for your tour to Lesotho.