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.
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 country.
Lesotho Tourist offices, Consulates and/or embassies located around the world
Official Currency: 1 Loti=100 lisente
Current Exchange Rate: Today's Exchange Rate
Lesotho is part of the Rand Monetary Area and the South African Rand is accepted as legal currency.
Travellers cheques and most credit cards are accepted in Lesotho. There are no restrictions on the amount of money tourists may bring into the country. Lesotho’s three commercial banks, comprising Standard Lesotho Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank, offer currency exchange services in their main Maseru branches.
Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 08;30am to 03:30pm and on Saturdays from 08:30am to 12:00noon.
Central Bank of Lesotho
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.
The 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.
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.
1st January - New Years Day
11th March - Moshoeshoe's Day
4th April - Hero's Day
1st May - Worker's Day
17th July - King's Birthday
4th October - Independence Day
25th December - Christmas Day
26th December - Boxing Day
Variable Holidays include: Good Friday, Easter Monday and Ascension Day
Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Lesotho is: "Type M" South African