Safety & Security – Lesotho

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband write and update content for many travel organizations, including the Lesotho Tourist Board.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Lesotho is a safe country to visit in our opinion. All the more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari or tour. As the country is incredibly mountainous and entirely at high altitude, weather conditions can change anytime and mist can roll in very fast. If on a self-drive safari, always plan your trip carefully and get advice on local road conditions before heading out.

Lesotho is a prime hiking destination. All the parks have knowledgeable guides available. We recommend you make use of their services and not head out alone unless you have a lot of experience in navigating and mountain hiking.

Below are tips on staying safe in Lesotho.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

There are no dangerous animals in Lesotho. There are snakes but encounters are very rare. However, to avoid the possibility of getting bitten, it is best to stick to the trails.

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

As anywhere in the world, most crime in Lesotho happens in the cities. This is mostly restricted to petty theft and pickpocketing. You’ll most likely be totally safe on a guided tour. The towns and cities in Lesotho are quite small and manageable, so even when venturing out alone take note of a few simple safety precautions:

  • Seek advice from your hotel before taking a walk
  • Don’t wear any valuables
  • Only take the money you need with you
  • Don’t walk after dark, take a taxi instead

For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Lesotho, and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments’ travel advice on Lesotho.

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