​Wildlife & Animals – Lesotho

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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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.

Lesotho lacks the wildlife seen in other countries in East and southern Africa. However, you’re bound to come across some animals, especially when visiting protected areas. Look out for antelope, such as eland, klipspringer and grey rhebok. Predators, such as black-backed jackal, serval and caracal, are shy and more difficult to spot, but you might see their tracks when hiking.

Wildlife Highlights

Of particular interest is the ice rat, a cute rodent restricted to South Africa and Lesotho. They inhabit alpine environments above 2,500m/8,200ft, where they can often be found sunning themselves on rocks. Also keep an eye out for the endangered Cape clawless otter. Seeing these social mammals frolicking in the water is a very special experience.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Lesotho is not really a wildlife destination. There are some animals in the parks, but seeing them is incidental while out on activities such as hiking and pony trekking. The summer months (October to March) see some rain, but these months are overall the most comfortable with lovely daytime temperatures.

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