Lesotho

Lesotho loti (plural maloti, M)

Sesotho, English

Top things to do

Top ChoiceInternational in Maseru

Sky Restaurant

Maseru's best new restaurant sits atop the Mpilo Boutique Hotel, dishing out Basotho favourites such as cured venison carpaccio, whole local trout and slow-braised oxtail. The wine list is exquisite and the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Maseru

No.7 Restaurant

Attached to the NGO Kick4Life and its hotel, No.7 pumps its profits back into Kick4Life’s charitable work and the team includes young locals training for a career in hospitality. The restaurant is a stylish spot...

Top ChoicePark in Qacha’s Nek

Qacha's Nek Snake Park

This site is unique in Lesotho, not only because it is the country's only snake park, but because you can also get your car washed while you visit the anacondas, endemic puff adders and spitting cobras. Oh, and...

Top ChoicePizza in Oxbow

Sky Restaurant

Africa's highest restaurant (3010m) overlooks the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort and reflects the resort's international sheen with its stylish wood finish and big red pizza oven. Lunch choices include pizzas,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Thaba-Bosiu

Cultural Village

Revamped in 2016, the well-maintained cultural village is a highly worthwhile stop. Excellent guided tours of the complex explain traditional Basotho culture and history, and end with a visit to a statue of the...

Arts & Crafts in Teyateyaneng

Setsoto Design

Next to a primary school near the Blue Mountain Inn, you can see the painstaking tapestry-making process at Setsoto Design. The project employs more than 60 local women who spin, dye and weave a beautiful...

International in Ts’ehlanyane National Park

Maliba Lodge

Maliba Lodge's excellent restaurant serves dishes such as braised oxtail, oven-baked trout and Madagascan peppered beef fillet. Advance booking is advised if you're not staying over at the lodge.

Sports in Malealea

Lesotho Sky

This six-day, 350km, team mountain-bike race begins in Roma and climbs through the highlands to Malealea and on to Semonkong.

Historic Site in Northeastern Highlands

Liphofung Cave Cultural & Historical Site

This small but historically significant sandstone overhang is adorned in San rock art and served as a temporary hideaway home for King Moshoeshoe the Great back in the early 1800s, before he became the nation's...

Nature Reserve in Central Highlands

Bokong Nature Reserve

Bokong has perhaps the more dramatic setting of the two northern parks, with stunning vistas over the Lepaqoa Valley from the visitors centre, various short walks and a good, rugged two- to three-day hike to...

National Park in Northwestern Lesotho

Ts'ehlanyane National Park

The country's top park features a beautiful, 56-sq-km patch of rugged wilderness, including one of Lesotho’s only stands of indigenous forest, at a high altitude of 2000m to 3000m. This underrated and underused...

Rock Art in Lesotho

Ha Baroana

Ha Baroana is one of Lesotho’s more important and publicised rock-art sites. It’s worth a visit if you have extra time, although neglect and vandalism have taken their toll.

National Park in Southern Lesotho

Sehlabathebe National Park

This far-flung, lesser-visited park offers stunning rock formations, rolling grasslands, wildflowers and a feeling of isolation, though there's also a shiny new headquarters and a few rondavels at the entrance....

Cave in Northwestern Lesotho

Ha Kome Cave Houses

The Ha Kome cave houses are an anomaly in this area, 21km from Teyateyaneng (TY) and several kilometres from the village of Mateka. These extraordinary inhabited mud dwellings are nestled under a rock overhang,...

Historic Site in Leribe

Subeng River Dinosaur Footprints

Dinosaur footprints abound near Leribe. About 7km north of town (en route to Butha-Buthe) are the Subeng River footprints. At the signpost, just before the road crosses the river, walk down about 500m to a...

Historic Site in Leribe

Tsikoane Village Dinosaur Footprints

This set of footprints is a few kilometres south of Leribe at Tsikoane village. Immediately after the Tsikoane Primary School, take the small dirt road to the right towards some rocky outcrops. Follow it up to...

Library in Morija

Royal Archives & Museum

Morija's unremarkable neighbouring village, Matsieng, is the unlikely site of a royal compound. A new palace was built in Maseru in the '60s, but the royals still weekend here. The adjoining archives and small...

International in Maseru

Rendezvous

The chandeliers and cloth napkins are the only signs of pretence in the wholly down-to-earth restaurant at Lancer's Inn hotel, popular with aid workers and local business folk. The globetrotting menu offers...

Club in Maseru

Ba.One

Maseru's top nightlife spot is sandwiched between the Maseru Mall and a children's carnival area, and there's good times to be had here. The divey main bar hosts karaoke every Thursday, and the VIP room lures all...

Arts & Crafts in Teyateyaneng

Lesotho Mountain Crafts

You can buy the work of 12 local cooperatives at this showroom and workshop, by the main road about 2km before Teyateyaneng (coming from Maseru). Items include jewellery, shawls, slippers, tapestries, bags and...