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Wonders of Lesotho

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

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 a friendly country with gorgeous scenery. The most amazing wonders of Lesotho are the impressive horseshoe waterfalls, including the world-class Maletsunyane Falls, as well as the amazing plateau – fortress Thaba-Bosiu and prehistoric rock art.

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Geological wonders

Maletsunyane Falls

Maseru

192 m tall waterfall – vertical plunge.

Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho
Ketane Falls

Mohale’s Hoek

An impressive, 122 m tall horsetail fall.

Lepaqoa Waterfall

Leribe

Nearly vertical, some 60 m tall horsetail waterfall that freezes over in the winter.

Ribaneng Falls

Mafeteng

Some 100 m tall, almost vertical waterfall.

Qiloane Falls

Maseru

Wide fantail waterfall.

Biological wonders

Subeng Dinosaur Track

Leribe

Set of diverse dinosaur footprints in the sandstone and exposed in the bed of a stream. There are several such tracks in Lesotho.

Archaeological wonders

Thaba-Bosiu

Maseru

Sandstone plateau – a natural fortress that rises almost 120 m above the surroundings. It was used as a stronghold in the early 19th century by the Basotho people, during the war with Ndebele and served as de facto capital. The fortress was never taken. Near the mountain are caves. There in the 19th century lived cannibals, in some rock shelters are prehistoric paintings.

Thaba-Bosiu fortress, Lesotho
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.

Architecture wonders

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.

WorldYellow Recommended books

The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland


Whether you want to explore the country’s big sights — from the wilds of Kruger National Park and the best spots for whale watching to Cape Town’s vibrant dining scene — or to uncover its many hidden gems, such as the dramatic desert scenery of the Richtersveld, The Rough Guide to South Africa is your indispensable traveling companion.

The Mountain School: Three Years Learning as a Peace Corps Teacher in Lesotho, Africa


The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous enclave in southern Africa, and like mountain zones throughout the world, it is isolated, steeped in tradition, and home to few outsiders. The people, known as Basotho, are respected in the area as the only tribe never to be defeated by European colonizers. Greg Alder arrives in Tšoeneng in 2003 as the village’s first foreign resident since 1966.


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