Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane since 2012.
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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.
There are occasionally spontaneous political demonstrations in Maseru. In October and November 2009 there were student demonstrations following shooting incidents at the National University of Lesotho and Lesotho Agricultural College. You should avoid demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings as a precaution. Most visits to Lesotho are trouble-free but there have been incidents of muggings and vehicle hijacking in the past year (some involving firearms). There have also been incidents of armed robbery in Maseru. Sporadic demonstrations are possible.
Travellers are advised not to walk around Maseru at night and they should also avoid driving in rural areas at night.
The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: