Completely landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho is known as 'The Kingdom of the Sky' and has a spectacular and beautiful mountain landscape, ideal for trekking amidst the Thaba-Putsoa and Drakensburg Mountains. A particular challenge is to summit Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Africa south of Kilimanjaro at 3,482 metres. Explore in depth highlights of Lesotho.

Travel Information for Lesotho
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, Sesotho Other languages:    Xhosa, Zulu
Currency: maloti (LSL)

1 = L16.22, $1 = L14.53, £1 = L19.33

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.lsInternational Dialling Code:    266

For help planning your trip to Lesotho including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Lesotho trip planning page.

Further information on Lesotho

Discover more about Lesotho - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of lesotho

Total area: 30,355 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): South Africa (909km)

Climate: Continental climate with cold, dry winters and hot, wet summers.

Highest mountain: Thabana Ntlenyana (3,482m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Lesotho from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 60/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 155/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 75/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 55/174
Overall Ranking:    73/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Kingdom of Lesotho     Status: Independent Country

Population: 1,942,008 (rank: 145/196)     Density: 63.9 people/sq km (rank: 118/196)

Ethnic groups: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%,

Religions: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

GDP (PPP): $4.27 billion       GDP per capita: $2,200 (rank: 160/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.