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Lesotho's name translates into "the land of the people who speaks Sesotho". Lesotho is a beautiful country at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains. Otherwise known as the Kingdom in the Sky, because of its high altitude and mountain peaks, Lesotho offers the traveller a different face of Africa, which is closer to alpine in climate, scenery and vegetation. Invigorating mountain air, spectacular panoramas and a rare bird life combine to attract outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Popular ways of exploring the countryside is through hiking, and trekking by 4x4's or on the back of ponies.

CAPITAL

Maseru

CURRENCY

1 Lesotho Loti = 100 lisente.
South African Rands are accepted. Visa, Access/MasterCard and Diners Club credit cards have limited acceptance and the use of traveller's cheques is limited outside Maseru.

CUSTOMS

Duty Free Allowances
- 500 Lesotho Loti's worth of gifts
- 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
- 1 litres of wine
- 1 litre of spirits
- 50 ml of perfume
- 250 ml of eau de toilette

SPECIAL NOTES

- Alcohol may not be brought in
- Firearms, ammunition and pets require a permit
- Goods with serial numbers must be declared

(NB! For full information, please contact the nearest Embassy of Botswana.)

ELECTRICITY

220 volts, 50 Hz. Plugs are 2- and 3-pin round.

HEALTH

Visitors coming from yellow fever infected areas need a vaccination certificate. It is also advised you take precautions against:
typhoid
hepatitis A and polio

Other health concerns include minimal medical facilities; unavailability of many medicines; food- and water-borne illnesses, particularly amoebiasis, typhoid fever and cholera; influenza (risk is May-Oct); AIDS; and tetanus.

HOURS

Banking Hours 8.30am -3.30 pm Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri; 8.30 am-1 pm Wed; 8.30 am-11 am Sat
Office Hours 8am-12.45 pm & 2 pm-4.30 pm Mon-Fri; 8 am-1 pm Sat
Shopping Hours 8am-5 pm Mon-Fri; 8 am-3 pm Sat

LANGUAGE

English

POPULATION

2.031.000 Million

LITERACY

84.8%

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

New Years' Day (1 Jan); Moshoeshoe (11 Mar); Heroes Day (4 Apr); Good Friday (9 Apr); Easter Monday (12 Apr); Labour Day (1 May); King's Anniversary (17 Jul); Independence Day (4 Oct); Christmas Day (25 Dec).

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS

Main religions are Christianity and traditional African religions - these and the older generation should be respected. Normal courtesies and friendliness will be appreciated. Dress is casual, but modest. For business, dress in a lightweight suit and tie and observe usual formalities, but expect a casual atmosphere and pace.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+2

TIPPING

Tipping is recommended at hotels and restaurants.

GEOGRAPHY

The country comprises of distinct diverse landscape regions. There are high plateaus, low hills and mountains. Winter is usually very dry and summers are hot and wet.

GETTING THERE

Fly from Johannesburg to Maseru or drive from Johannesburg on N1 South.