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.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 (Central Africa time)||Daylight savings: None|
|Main languages:||English, Sesotho||Other languages: Xhosa, Zulu|
€1 = L16.22, $1 = L14.53, £1 = L19.33
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.ls||International 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
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 World||Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Flawed democracy||60/167|
|Press Freedom||Noticeable problems||75/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||Limited rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||Medium corruption||55/174|
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)