"Lesotho: The Mountain Kingdom" Lesotho by Babzz

Lesotho Travel Guide: 298 reviews and 846 photos

Some Tidbits of Information

*Pronounced Le-soo-too

*Became independent from Britain on October 4th, 1966

*Present monarch: King Letsie III, great-great-grandson of Moshoeshoe I (who originally united tribes scattered by Zulu and Matebele raids to form the Basotho nation between 1815-1829)

*Ethnicity: Sotho >99%; all other<1%

*Languages: Sesotho & English (official); also Xhosa, Zulu

*Only country in the world entirely above 1500m altitude

*The highest mountain in southern Africa, Thabana-Ntlenyana, at 3482m, sits at its border with South Africa in the Drakensberg range

*Houses many Bushman rock paintings

*Handicrafts: weaving (wool and mohair tapestries, mats, crochet garments, rugs), woven grasswork (mats, baskets), knitwear (clothing), sheepskin products (shoes, clothing), leather craft, jewellery (traditionally made from natural products such as seeds, stones, and quills; modern additions of metals, ebony), pottery

  • Last visit to Lesotho: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Interesting tips and photos.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    That is a beautiful opening photo! When my wife and I were staying at Royal Natal NP on our Kwa-Zulu Natal trip, we wanted to skip over to other side of the Drakensbergs to pay visit, but we ran out of time :-(


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