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Overview

Lesotho’s name translates into “the land of the people who speaks Sesotho”. Lesotho is a beautiful country at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains. Otherwise known as the Kingdom in the Sky, because of its high altitude and mountain peaks, Lesotho offers the traveller a different face of Africa, which is closer to alpine in climate, scenery and vegetation. Invigorating mountain air, spectacular panoramas and a rare birdlife combine to attract outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Popular ways of exploring the countryside is through hiking, and trekking by 4x4's or on the back of ponies.

CAPITAL:

Maseru

CURRENCY:

1 Lesotho Loti = 100 lisente. South African Rands are accepted. Visa, Access/MasterCard and Diners Club credit cards have limited acceptance and the use of traveller's cheques is limited outside Maseru.

CUSTOMS:

Duty Free Allowances

  • - 500 Lesotho Loti's worth of gifts
  • - 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
  • - 1 litres of wine
  • - 1 litre of spirits
  • - 50ml of perfume
  • - 250ml of eau de toilette
SPECIAL NOTES:

- Alcohol may not be brought in
- Firearms, ammunition and pets require a permit
- Goods with serial numbers must be declared

(NB! For full information, please contact the nearest Embassy of Botswana.)

ELECTRICITY:

220 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are 2- and 3-pin round.

HEALTH:

Visitors coming from yellow fever infected areas need a vaccination certificate. It is also advised you take precautions against:
      
• typhoid
• hepatis A and polio

Other health concerns include minimal medical facilities; unavailability of many medicines; food- and water-borne illnesses, particularly amoebiasis, typhoid fever and cholera; influenza (risk is May-Oct); AIDS; and tetanus.

HOURS:
Banking Hours

8.30am -3.30pm Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri; 8.30am-1pm Wed; 8.30am-11am Sat

Office Hours

8am-12.45pm & 2pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-1pm Sat

Shopping Hours

8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 8am-3pm Sat

LANGUAGE:

English 

POPULATION:

2.031.000 Million 

HEAD OF STATE:

King Letsi III

LITERACY:

84.8%

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

New Years' Day (1 Jan); Moshoeshoe (11 Mar); Heroes Day (4 Apr); Good Friday (9 Apr); Easter Monday (12 Apr); Labour Day (1 May); King's Anniversary (17 Jul); Independance Day (4 Oct); Christmas Day (25 Dec).

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:

Main religions are Christianity and traditional African religions - these and the older generation should be respected. Normal courtesies and friendliness will be appreciated. Dress is casual, but modest. For business, dress in a lightweight suit and tie and observe usual formalities, but expect a casual atmosphere and pace.

TIME DIFFERENCE:

GMT +2

TIPPING:

Tipping is recommended at hotels and restaurants.

GEOGRAPHY:

The country comprises of distinct diverse landscape regions. There are high plateaus, low hills and mountains. Winter is usually very dry and summers are hot and wet.

GETTING THERE:

Fly from Johannesburg to Maseru or drive from Johannesburg on N1 South.

 


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