The term “mountain kingdom” is wholly appropriate for Lesotho, both geographically and historically.
Moshoeshoe I, the founding king, defended his nascent kingdom from the mountain top of Thaba Bosiu, and the country is dominated by rugged peaks and high plateaus.
Getting around Lesotho
The land in the west is flattest, and it is here that most development has taken place around the capital Maseru. The infrastructure is pretty basic too and most of the roads that traverse the country require a 4x4 if it has been raining.
It requires a far greater sense of humour and adventure to explore than neighbouring South Africa, and those who persevere are rewarded with superb hiking and pony trails, spectacular waterfalls, jagged mountain scenery and extensive San rock art.
Map of Lesotho
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Lesotho
- The Drakensberg 74 miles away
- Spioenkop 101 miles away
- The Midlands 114 miles away
- The South Coast 157 miles away
- Port St Johns 160 miles away
- The Battlefields 168 miles away
- Durban 168 miles away
- Umhlanga Rocks 172 miles away
- Coffee Bay 173 miles away
- Johannesburg 236 miles away
- East London 237 miles away
- Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 244 miles away
- Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve 263 miles away
- Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 263 miles away
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park 280 miles away
- Phinda Private Game Reserve 280 miles away
- Pumba Private Game Reserve 282 miles away
- Lake St Lucia 283 miles away
- Eswatini 288 miles away
- The Eastern Cape Game Areas 289 miles away
- Shamwari Private Game Reserve 293 miles away
- Amakhala Game Reserve 300 miles away