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Water and diamonds are Lesotho’s largest natural resources. Dams provide water throughout the region and diamonds mines dot the landscape. Due to its mountainous terrain, Lesotho is a sought after location for serious hikers.
Sesotho is the official language of Lesotho and is spoken by the largest ethnic group in Lesotho: the Basotho. 90% of the population practises Christianity.
When traveling to Lesotho, remember to always respond when spoken to and never get angry. Both are seen as highly disrespectful.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Lesotho. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Lesotho: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Medical facilities are scarce in Lesotho and there are no ambulance services. Depending on the treatment needed, you may be sent to South Africa. Good facilities are located in Blomfontein.
Medicare does not cover procedures done in Lesotho. It is recommended to get comprehensive travel medical insurance.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Lesotho has been the site of some cholera outbreaks in the past. While the risk has diminished, cholera vaccination is still recommended for travel.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry VaxChora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
U.S. travelers must have a passport for travel to Lesotho. The country does not require a visa for stays under 180 days within a 12-month period.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is not required if traveling from the United States. But, it may be necessary if coming to Lesotho from another African country.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Due to its high-altitude, Lesotho’s climate is cooler than regions of the same latitude. Lesotho has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers.
Low-lands can reach 85 degrees in the summer and 19 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
85% of precipitation falls between October and April. Drought often occurs in the dry months between May and September.
Although there is no evidence to support that U.S. citizens are targeted, tourists are at a high-risk of being victims of robbery and even killings.
Be cautious when walking around Maseru and other urban areas during the day and night. Crimes are most common at tourists destinations, popular restaurants and among poorly-lit roads.
If you are traveling through the O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), secure your luggage as theft from baggage is common.
Due to its mountainous geography, Lesotho is considered a paradise to many hikers. Although there are not a lot of official hiking trails, there are many walking trails which allow hikers to more freedom to explore.
Hikes in Lesotho include rivers, gorges, caves and a variety of rock formations.
Some of the best hiking (and lodging) can be found in Lesotho’s National Parks such as Sehlabathebe National Park, Ts’ehlanyane National Park and the Bokong Nature Reserve.
If you plan on hiking in Lesotho, have map reading skills due to the number of unmarked trails.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Lesotho:
All Americans visiting Lesotho should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Lesotho, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Maseru
254 Kingsway Avenue
Maseru 100, Lesotho
Telephone: +(266) 2231-2666
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(266) 5888-4035
Fax: +(266) 2231-0116
If you have any questions about travelling to Lesotho or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now and protect yourself today.
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