Total area: 30,355 km2
Population: 2,067,000 (2009 estimate)
Currency: Lesotho loti/Loti (LSL)
Official language(s): Sesotho, English
Government: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Internet TLD: .ls
Calling code: +266
Lesotho is a country situated in Southern Africa and is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. The capital and the largest city here is Maseru.
Tourism plays an important role in the economy of the country and is currently becoming more diversified. Lesotho is a country of rare beauty, often called "Kingdom in the Sky" due to the country’s high altitudes, with the lowest point at 1,400 metres above sea level. Lesotho is a country with wonderful sceneries abundant in natural wonders, alike a fairytale setting. Totally surrounded by South Africa, with a breathtaking mountain scenery, serene and pristine nature and more importantly, warm and kind people, tourists will discover here a fascinating country that will provide a true African experience.
The major tourist attractions in Lesotho are: Maseru - the capital city with the impressive architecture of the King’s Palace and Prime Minister’s Residence; Sehlabathebe National Park, Drakensberg Mountains - a very beautiful area that attracts many tourists particularly for trekking and the stunning mountain vistas; Maluti Mountains winter sports resort. Admire little less than 300 unique species of birds, the impressive Maletsunyane Waterfalls –Southern Africa’s highest single-drop fall, and explore the Motlejoeng Caves for an unforgettable stay in Lesotho.
Weather is a major factor to be considered when planning a trip to Lesotho. The weather suddenly changes from season to season. The warmest and most pleasant period is from October to April.
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