Health & insurance
As long as you stay up-to-date with vaccinations and take basic preventative measures, you’re unlikely to succumb to any major health issues. Suffering from a cold or diarrhoea is more likely than contracting an exotic malady.
Before You Go
- Travel insurance covering medical problems is highly recommended.
- Before choosing a policy, shop around; policies designed for short European package tours may not be suitable for the Lesotho's mountains.
- Read the fine print – some policies specifically exclude 'dangerous activities', which can mean abseiling, motorcycling, skiing and more.
- Some policies ask you to call (reverse charges) a centre in your home country, where an immediate assessment of your problem is made.
- Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online any time – even if you're already on the road.
- The CDC (www.cdc.gov) recommends obtaining vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid before travelling in Lesotho. Some travellers may also want to obtain vaccinations for hepatitis B and rabies, depending on the duration of stay and the particular places that will be visited.
- The government of Lesotho requires proof of yellow-fever vaccination for travellers who are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
In an emergency, try contacting your embassy, as most keep lists of recommended practitioners. The cost of health care in Lesotho is not particularly high, but for anything serious you’ll need to go to South Africa.
Maseru Private Hospital In the suburb of Ha Thetsane, about 7km south of central Maseru.
It's best to purify tap water or use bottled water in Lesotho.
HIV One in four people in Lesotho is infected with HIV, and the country's new infection rate as of 2017 is the highest of any country in the world. Be sensitive to the fact that many people you meet have the disease and likely know dozens of people who have died from it.