Overview – Lesotho
The sparsely populated, rugged and incredibly scenic Kingdom of Lesotho is officially the highest country in the world (it has the highest low point of 1,388m/4,554ft). This is the place for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and 4x4 driving on and off the beaten track. Whatever your interests, the warm Basotho people will make your stay an unforgettable one.
Pros & Cons
Lesotho is not a wildlife destination; none of the typical big safari animals are present. The national parks and nature reserves are home to several species of antelope, such as eland, grey rhebok and klipspringer. You might be lucky and see a black-backed jackal trotting across the grassy slopes. Chacma baboons and rock hyrax are common throughout, but the rare ice rat, a Drakensberg endemic, sticks to the highest altitudes.
Weather & Climate
Lesotho’s high altitude makes for a temperate climate. April to September is generally dry and cold. October to March is the Wet season; the weather is mostly lovely, but afternoon rainfall can be expected. Keep in mind that at any time of the year, the weather is very changeable, so never head out into the mountains without warm rainproof clothing.
Best Time to Visit
Lesotho can be visited at any time. Weather conditions are most pleasant from October to March (the southern hemisphere’s summer). However, be prepared for some rain to interrupt otherwise bright sunshine. The dry months (April to September) are cold and nights can be freezing. The spectacular mountain scenery is at its best from mid to late summer (December to April).
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Lesotho, the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’, a proudly independent country surrounded by South Africa
Dominated by the Maloti Mountains and a dramatic escarpment with the Drakensberg in South Africa, Lesotho’s nickname is apt – not one of its 30,355-sq-km lies below 1000-metres and many of its beautiful peaks reach above 3000-metres. In...