Featured activities

  • Abseiling
  • Bird Watching binoculars
  • Dinosaur Trails
  • Fishing
  • Basotho hat
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Red Hot Pockers
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Walking Hiking

Lesotho Events and things to do and see

Abseiling

The 204m-drop abseil along the Maletsunyane Falls is the longest commercial abseil in the world. The abseil is operated by Semonkong Lodge.

Accommodation

See our Recommended Accommodation page.

Bird watching

The bird life attracts many twitchers to the Kingdom. The total bird species count is around 200, and the best months to see them are October to March. There are a range of bird hot-spots: Liqobong Upper Sengu River Mafika-Lisiu Sehonghong & Matebeng Sehlabathebe National Park Upper Quthing Valley - Read more...

Dinosaur trackways

The existence of life in Lesotho dates back 200 million years. The evidence lies in the fossilised dinosaur footprints that have been uncovered throughout Lesotho.

Tsikoane and Subeng, both of which are close to the town of Hlotse in the Leribe district, are sites of important dinosaur trackways. Some of these trackways are tricky to find without help of local people. The most important sites are in Qalo, Morija, Masitise, Subeng Stream and Tsikoane in Leribe, Matsieng, Maphutseng near Mohale’s Hoek, and Moyeni.

Fishing

Lesotho offers mountain streams in the highlands with some of the best trout fishing in Africa - the season is from September to end of May with maximum catch level and size. Fishing Regulations in Lesotho require a license, the fee is only M5.00 and the licenses can be obtained from: The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Division in Maseru, Private Bag A82, Maseru 100. Tel: (+266) 323 986

Other fish that can be caught include Barbel, yellowfish and the Maloti minnow.

Note: During the rainy season most of the rivers are clouded with silt and fishing can be adversely effected.

Hang gliding or paragliding

Despite having ideal conditions for paragliding and hang gliding, there is no specialist equipment for hire in Lesotho.

Arts and Culture

Morija Museum & Archives

The Morija National Museum & Archives is a wealth of artifacts, documents and traditional materials that reflect the history and culture of Lesotho. It is situated in the picturesque village of Morija. The village is 45 km south of Maseru. It is small but covers a lot of palaeontology and provides a good overview of the country. It does not open everyday, so check timetables before setting out.

Morija Arts and Cultural Festival

When: October 2009 (annual) Where: Morija

The Morija Arts and Cultural Festival showcases both traditional and contemporary Basotho culture with displays of music, dance, theatre and film at a variety of venues in Morija, including Morija Museum and the Thabeng Football Grounds. Lesotho is proud of its cultural heritage and traditional dances. Watch out for the mokhibo, where the women dance on their knees and shake their bodies in response to drumming, clapping and singing. During the mokorotlo war-dance, the men stamp and strut aggressively, periodically leaping into the air. The festival also features contemporary music, which is largely influenced by the South African scene.

Mountain bike riding

Many of our trails are suitable for exploring on bikes and are becoming increasingly popular among enthusiasts. The Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal have some jeep tracks that are suitable for riding, most notable of which is Sani Pass that zigzags up the mountain into Lesotho climbing to about 1,200m in eight kilometres. The hairpin bends, slippery surfaces and long, steep drops make this a bad choice for beginners. You also need to keep an eye open for traffic as this rather challenging 4x4 track is the only southern route into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. See also Escape Cycle Tours' site and Sani Backpackers lodge

Plants and flowers

The Alpine Flora of Lesotho is spectacular with Spiral Aloes in October and Red Hot Pokers in February. Read more...

Pony trekking

Pony trekking in Lesotho is extremely popular and is one of the best ways to experience the Lesotho highlands as there are no roads to the mountain villages. Lesotho boasts valleys over 1,000 feet above sea level so you can experience exquisite scenery and magical terrains boasting waterfalls, lush forests and snow-brushed mountains.

The ponies are typically robust and sure-footed and treks allow you to not only to explore the spectacular mountain scenery but also give you the opportunity to see and experience the traditional lifestyle of the Basotho people along the way.

The main pony trekking centers are the Basotho Trekking Center on God Help Me Pass on the road between Maseru and Thaba-Tseka, and the Malealea Lodge near the Gates of Paradise, where treks lasting from one hour to six days can be arranged. Further afield in the Tsehlanyane National Park there is the newly built luxury Maliba Lodge which offers pony trekking for guests. Read more in the Rough Guide.

Rock and mountain climbing

Lesotho has more peaks per sq. km. than any other country in Africa but you need to be prepared and should not undertake climbing unless experienced, have proper equipment and have sought local advice.

Skiing

Situated at 3222m above sea level in the northern part of the Maluti Mountains, Afri-Ski the closest ski resort to Gauteng, Natal and the Free State, offers the longest ski slope in Africa with skiing and snowboarding for beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Skiing in Lesotho is nevertheless a somewhat hit and miss affair. The best time to go is June through to August. . Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom offers skiing and snowboarding opportunities at a 3,000m (10,000-foot) altitude. There are three slopes and two ski lifts, while several alternative activities are on hand in the summer months. enjoyed to ski .

The resort of Afri-Ski is 4½ hours' drive from Johannesburg South Africa via the steep tarred Moteng pass and the Mahlasela pass and is one of only two skiing resorts in Africa. Details of location and current 6-day weather for Afri-ski can be found at the links.

Walking and hiking

Although you will not find organised hiking trails Lesotho is criss-crossed by a network of pony trails and footpaths making Lesotho a hiker's paradise. Indeed, the hills and mountains of Lesotho are ideal for walkers with hundreds of kilometres of mountain trails offering a wonderful opportunity to discover the best of Lesotho. For Lesotho trails visit Linx Africa or for South African trails visit SA Adventure Trails.

Notes

It is recommended that anyone travelling in Lesotho should take an excellent map as well as a GPS, spare fuel, water and all food with them as supplies can only be replenished at the towns along the way.

The villages are small and the village inhabitants support themselves with subsistence crop and cattle farming and have very little to offer so plan to be self sufficient.

Clothing should be brought for all weather conditions as even in mid-summer the mountain climate is changeable and weather can turn from warm sunshine to freezing sleet. In winter, snow and icy winds can be expected at any time.

Photo gallery

A selection of some of the better photos we have seen of Lesotho

Basotho Hut
Basotho Hut
Beautiful Lesotho
Beautiful Lesotho
Big Sky over Lesotho
Big Sky over Lesotho
Cosmos and mountains
Cosmos and mountains
Gods Window
Gods Window
Lesotho border under snow
Lesotho border
Lesotho horses
Lesotho horses
Lesotho highest waterfall
Lesotho waterfall
Red Hot poker flowers
Red Hot pokers
Road over Sani Pass Lesotho
Road over Sani Pass
Traditional Sotho man
Traditional Sotho man

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