Lesotho Travel Facts

Natural Features: Mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains
Rainy Seasons: October to April (Rainy Season)

Getting There:

Air: Moshoeshoe International Airport, on the outskirts of Maseru, is served by Air Lesotho and South Africa Airlink. Johannesburg International Airport serves as a hub for air traffic to Lesotho. There are daily services from Johannesburg to Moshoeshoe.
Road: There are scheduled minibus and bus services between Johannesburg in South Africa and Maseru.

Road: Taxis operate in main towns and the country is well served by privately owned buses and smaller vehicles.

Driving: International Driving Permit recommended. Natioanal licence valid if in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following: (1) Holders of a travel document (Titre de Voyage ) for refugees according to the Geneva Convention 1951 provided holding a visa and return ticket or proof of acceptance for resettlement.
Passport validity: Passports must be valid for 6-12 months beyond length of stay.
Visas: Required, but NOT by the folllowing:

  • Nationals of United Kingdom.
  • Nationals of Antiqua & Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados,Belgium, Belize, Botwana,Brunel Darussalam,Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guyanam Iceland, Ireland, Rep, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (south) Luxembourg, Madagscar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, St. Kittts & Nevis, St. Saint Seychelles, Sierrs Leone, Singapore, Solomon Island, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Swizerland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.
Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.
Museums: Museum Amphitheatre
Religion: Christian, Indigenous beliefs
Languages: En, St, Xh, Zu
GDP: $550 per capita
Currency: Lesotho Loti (M)
Credit Cards: There is limited acceptance of credits cards and traveller's cheques are widely accepted.
Time: GMT+ 2
International Dialing Code: 266
International Radios: BBC KHz:(daytime) 21470, 6190, 3255, (evening) 15400,6190,3255
Business Hours: Offices are open from 8.00 to 1630
Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Public Holidays: King’s Birthday (July 17), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day. (Variables), New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Heroes’ Day (Apr 4), Mashoeshoe’s Day (Mar 11), Workers’ Day (May 1), National Independence Day (Oct 4)
Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz
Emergency Services: Police: 123 Fire: 122 Ambulance: 121

Last Updated on Saturday 10th December 2011