What to see in Lesotho
Lesotho, also known as 'The Mountain Kingdom', boasts some of the most scenic mountain peaks in Southern Africa, making it an ideal destination for travellers who love the outdoors, the fresh air and wide open spaces. The lush and beautiful landscape allows for many things to see and do in Lesotho. Bird watching and wildlife safaris are sought after activities at the likes of Sehlabathebe National Park; a national nature reserve made up of 6,500 hectares and positioned at an elevation of 7,874 feet (2,400m). This protected wilderness area is the ideal spot for hiking, pony-trekking and scenic explorations. While game sightings are limited to antelope, the scenery is more than enough to excite lovers of the outdoors.
Another tourist favourite in Lesotho is Thaba-Bosiu, a national monument considered the birthplace of the Basotho nation and worth a visit for its history and spectacular views. From Thaba-Bosiu travellers can see the Qiloane pinnacle which was the inspiration for Lesotho's celebrated hat, the Mokorotlo. While water sports are aplenty at the great Katse Dam in the summer months, skiing in the Maloti Mountains during the winter months is a big drawcard for tourists the world over. Skiing in Lesotho offers travellers a unique winter experience not usually found in Africa, making for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of holiday.
For the culturally inclined, other tourist attractions in Lesotho include a chance to delve into history at the Lesotho National Museum in Maseru and the Morija Museum and Archives, offering collections on archaeology, ethnography and geology. Visitors to The Mountain Kingdom can also explore the Kome Cave Dwellings; now a National Heritage Site where the rich culture of Lesotho's people can be explored. Rock art is also a popular find in Lesotho, as are the famed Dinosaur Footprints found at Morija, Subeng Stream and Tsikoane, to name a few.
With many lodging options, as well as many first class resorts to choose from, Lesotho can guarantee its visitors a chance to relax after a day of adventuring in the great Kingdom.
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