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Lesotho

Welcome to the Kingdom in the Sky. This is southern Africa – but not as you know it

Adventure Holidays in Lesotho

Known as “the kingdom in the Sky,” Lesotho is a little-visited nation with the distinction of being the only country in the world which is entirely above 1000m. Its rolling highlands and rugged mountains are visible from just about anywhere in the land. This tiny mountainous kingdom is completely surrounded by its much larger neighbour, South Africa. Large mountain ranges form a distinct border, which gave the Basotho people a strategic advantage in defending their land. Now Lesotho’s population is just over two million inhabitants, who rate themselves as some of the world’s most hospitable people. For Exodus travellers looking for a mountainous adventure with a difference, Lesotho is a place like no other.

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Lesotho Adventure Holidays

Highlights of Lesotho

1. Sample traditional Basotho life: this mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence for generations and the Basotho people still live their traditional way of life.

2. Bushmen rock paintings: Ha Baron in Maseru is one of the country’s most well known rock-art sites where you can see paintings of leopard, lion and guinea fowl alongside paintings of bushmen hunting, eating and dancing. 

3. Africa’s highest dam: the Katse Dam on the Malibamatso River was built for the Lesotho Highlands Water project and is the highest dam in Africa.

4. Pony treks: mountain ridges protrude into towns and walking with local guides and their ponies to a local village is a great way to delve deeper into the unique culture Lesotho has to offer.

5. The Sani Pass: this former mule track is a death-defying, winding road which links KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho. Standing at 2873m, the views from this altitude are unforgettable. In winter you can see snow and frozen waterfalls, in summer flora and fauna. 

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Responsible Travel

We offer more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the last 40 years, our philosophy stays the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We only work with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built longstanding relationships, and work on various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our Responsible Travel initiatives here.