Constitutional monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1966.
Head of state:
King Letsie III since 1996.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane since 2012.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are used.
Tucked away within the heart of South Africa, sits the kingdom of Lesotho. Made up of mostly highlands (hence its nickname, ‘the Switzerland of Africa’) the high altitude and mountainous geography lend a scenic backdrop to the various outdoor activities on offer, including pony trekking, bird watching and even skiing.
The existence of valuable mineral and water resources have led developers to build roads through some areas of Lesotho and but much of the country’s villages remain remote and can only be reached on foot or by horseback. Whilst the country may not exert the urban buzz of its larger neighbour, for those on the look out for adventure, Lesotho can certainly hold its own.
Last updated: 31 August 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
We believe there was an attempted coup against the Government of Lesotho on 30 August. Some radio stations are off air and there is a military presence in Maseru including at some of the police stations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lesotho has informed diplomatic missions of a large protest march due to be held in Maseru on Monday 1 September. Large gatherings can potentially become violent at any time. You should avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations.
There is no British diplomatic representation in Lesotho. If you need emergency consular assistance, you should contact the British Honorary Consul firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most visits to Lesotho are trouble free. However, you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself against crime.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism