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Lesotho

Main attractions

Mountains, Lesotho
Mountains in Lesotho / Di Jones, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

This exotic, landlocked country is located high in the mountains - it is the only country in the world entirely above 1,000 m in elevation.

Lesotho is friendly country with gorgeous scenery. Highlights of this country are the impressive horseshoe waterfalls, including the world-class Maletsunyane Falls, as well as the amazing plateau - fortress Thaba-Bosiu and prehistoric rock art.

Natural landmarks

Waterfalls

  • Ketane Falls - Mohale's Hoek. Impressive, 122 m tall horsetail fall.
  • Lepaqoa Waterfall - Leribe. Nearly vertical, some 60 m tall horsetail waterfall which freezes over in the winter.
  • Maletsunyane Falls (Semonkong Falls, Lebihan Falls) - Maseru. 192 m tall waterfall - vertical plunge.
  • Qiloane Falls - Maseru. Wide fantail waterfall.
  • Ribaneng Falls - Mafeteng. Some 100 m tall, vertical waterfall.

Other natural landmarks

  • Letseng Diamond Mine - Mokhotlong. World's highest diamond mine. Diamonds here are found comparatively rarely but are huge, this find has the highest percentage of large diamonds in the world.
  • Subeng Dinosaur Track - Leribe. Set of diverse dinosaur footprints, left in the sandstone and exposed in the bed of a stream. There are several such tracks in Lesotho.

Man made landmarks

Thaba-Bosiu fortress, Lesotho
Thaba-Bosiu fortress / K. Kendall, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
  • Ha Baroana - Maseru. Cliff overhang with rock art. Here are depicted animals, such as lion, leopard, eland, birds and also the life of humans.
  • Liphofung Cave (shelter) - Butha-Buthe. Large overhang of sandstone cliff, used as a shelter of San and other Stone Age people. Walls are adorned with rock art, floor is covered with valuable sediments, rich with archaeological artefacts.
  • Qomoqomong Valley Petroglyphs - Quthing. Caves with prehistoric San drawings.
  • Thaba-Bosiu - Maseru. Sandstone plateau - natural fortress, rising almost 120 m above the surroundings. It was used as a stronghold in the early 19th century by Basotho people, during the war with Ndebele and served as de facto capital. Fortress was never taken. Near the mountain are caves where in the 19th century lived cannibals, in some rock shelters are prehistoric paintings.

List of described attractions by districts

Lesotho is divided into 10 districts.

Berea
Butha-Buthe
Leribe
Mafeteng
Maseru
ArrowMaletsunyane FallsWaterfalls
Mohale's Hoek
Mokhotlong
Qacha's Nek
Quthing
Thaba-Tseka

Map of Lesotho

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