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: 24 January 2015
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.
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.
Elections are scheduled to take place in February 2015. You should remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings, especially political demonstrations and rallies.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism