Lesotho is an alpine country within South Africa and has no access to the ocean. Previously, this country was part of South Africa and was called Basutoland. In the north of the country is the Maluti mountain range, and in the east, the famous Drakensberg with the highest peak of the country, Tabana-Nlenuyan 3484 meters.
An agricultural country and is economically dependent on his older brother – South Africa. The country has a ski resort with a length of track 1000 meters. Tourism in Lesotho are also gradually developing. There are 4×4 mountain routes, passes, waterfalls, etc.
Area: 30,355 sq. Km
Capital: Maseru (population 110,000)
Largest cities: Maseru, Mafeteng, Moteng, Hlotse
Languages: Official languages – English, Sesotho, Zulu, Spit
Population: About 2,067,000
Currency: 1 lot (LSL) = 100 lisenti, South African rand is also widely used.
The main gross domestic product of the country: Agriculture and livestock, power generation, tourism
Export: Diamonds, electrical components, electricity and water for South Africa
Climate: This is a high-altitude country with possible frost and snow in the mountains in winter. Summer: from October to March, the average January temperature is 27 – 35 ° C. Winter: from June to August, the average July temperature is 10 – 15 ° C
Time: 1 hour behind Moscow
Visa: To enter Lesotho, a visa is required for Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh citizens, which can be obtained at the consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Moscow or in Johannesburg. This requires 2-3 days, and the documents must be submitted in advance.
Credit Cards: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS cards are accepted at large stores and restaurants.
Currency Exchange: There is no free circulation of foreign currency in the country. It is most beneficial to change the currency at BUREAU DE CHANGE at airports, but the currency can also be exchanged at banks in the city and even at any time at the hotel (the lowest rate). Bank hours: 9: 00-15: 30 (weekdays), 9: 00-11: 00 (Saturdays).
Tipping: In Lesotho, it is customary to pay a tip. In the restaurant: 10% of the total cost of the order (including drinks). Porter service: about $ 1 per piece of luggage. Driver: $ 2-3 per day per person per day of work.
Voltage: 230 volts with a triple (in the English style) outlet. All hotels have European adapters
Drinking water: Tap water in all cities and reserves is clean and safe to drink.
Car hire: In Lesotho, left-hand traffic. Speed limits: within the city-60 km per hour, on the freeways-120 km per hour. You must have an international driver’s license and a credit card to rent a car. Car rental points only in the capital Maseru.