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Temperatures vary widely from one
geographical zone to another, and frequently within zones, depending on the
altitude. In the lowlands, temperatures reach 32C° (90°F) or more in
the summer and rarely fall below -6.6°C (20°F) in the winter. The range
in the highlands is greater; temperatures can fall below -18°C (0°F)
and frost and hail are frequent hazards. Rainfall is mostly concentrated in the
months from October to April and the hottest months are January and February.
Snows occurs in the highlands between May and September. Lesotho experiences a
great deal of sunshine.
Climate Chart for Maseru
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LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
US State Department - Travel
VISAS & IMMIGRATION
Most nationals of
Commonwealth countries do not require visa, apart from Australia, Canada,
Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Namibia. Nationals from
Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Norway, San Marino,
Sweden and South Africa do not require visas. All others are required to have a
visa to enter the country.
Full passports are required by all.
If travelling to Lesotho from South Africa, you require a multiple-entry
visa to re-enter into South Africa.
It is advisable to check for the
latest visa requirement information with the Lesotho representative in your
Official Currency: 1
Current Exchange Rate:
Lesotho is part of the Rand Monetary Area and the South
African Rand is accepted as legal currency.
Travellers cheques are
best taken in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. along with most of the major
credit cards are widely accepted. There are no restrictions on the import of
Banks In Lesotho:
Central Bank of
BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS
Banking: Monday to Friday (except Wednesday)
0830-1500 Wednesday: 0830-1300 Saturday: 0830-1100
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0800-1700 Saturday:
Government Offices: Monday to Friday: 0800-1245 and
Lesotho is two hours ahead of GMT
TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND
Lesotho Airways has daily flights to and from Johannesburg International
Airport which takes approximately one hour, ten minutes. Lesotho Airways also
provides connections to some of the main towns.
South African Railway systems links into Lesotho from Maseru to Marseille on
the Bloemfontein/Natal main line.
Generally well served by privately owned buses and smaller passenger vehicles
particularly between major centres. Some unsealed roads become impassable
during the rainy season.
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The main road running from north to western and
southern borders is sealed and passable throughout the year. All other minor
roads can be impassable during the rains.
Driving is on the Left hand
side and driving licences issued in most countries are valid for a period of up
to six month, provided that they are printed in English or are accompanied by a
certified translation. International Licences are recognised.
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ELECTRICAL POWERElectric Power is 220V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
"South African" Plug -
If you need medical care whilst in
Lesotho, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in
full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for
reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit
card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
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