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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘Dumela’
(doo-mell-ah)
Sesotho
Plug type m
Electricity
220V/50hz
May-Sep
Best time to go
Winter
31°C / 88°F
Current Weather
Clear
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Money and costs

Currency
Maloti (LSL)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated November 12, 2018 9:33AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
M1000
  • Hostel dorm bed: from M170
  • Campsite per person: M80–110
  • Fast-food lunch: M50
  • 2-3 hour shared taxi ride: M80
Midrange
R1000–1800
  • Double room: M700–1400
  • Main meal: M60–120
  • Short pony trekking ride: M300–400
Top end (more than)
R1800
  • Double room: over M1400
  • Main meal in lodge: over M120
  • Overnight pony trekking trip: M750
  • Car hire per day: M300

Visas

  • Citizens of most Western European countries, the USA and many Commonwealth countries are granted a free entry permit upon arrival for stays of up to 14 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Lesotho from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
LSO
Maseru
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
21116951
Jun – Aug
1043928
Sep – Nov
15104838
Dec – Feb
17125142
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Lesotho

Most people enter Lesotho by road from South Africa. There are 13 border crossings with South Africa and, save for some queues at the Maseru Bridge crossing, getting into the country is generally a pleasant business.

Getting around Lesotho

You can now access much of Lesotho in a 2WD car, but it is still not possible to do a complete circuit without a 4WD, due to rough gravel roads in the east between Mokhotlong and Qacha's Nek. Bus and shared-taxi networks cover the country; taxis do not normally operate to a schedule but leave only when full.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Lesotho can be a welcoming destination for children, though the rugged terrain and conditions are better suited to older children who would enjoy hiking or pony trekking. Most pony trekking centres arrange treks only for people over 12 years old.Be...

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Working and volunteering

Work permits for foreigners are difficult to obtain in Lesotho, and paying jobs are rare. But if you're lucky enough to find somebody willing to employ you, you can begin the process of getting a residence permit (you can apply...

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