Lesotho

Capital Maseru

Population 1,894,194

Area 30,355 km2

Key facts

Lesotho is a country located in Southern Africa. Lesotho has only one border country: South Africa. As for languages, the country’s residents speak English and Southern Sotho.

The national currency in Lesotho is Lesotho loti (LSL). The loti (maloti) (L or M) is subdivided into 100 sente (lisente).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 18.3 LSL and 1 USD is worth 17.05 LSL.

Mosotho
Banknotes

M10M20M50M100M200

Mosotho
Coins

125102050L1M2M5

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Lesotho is 35.46 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Lesotho.13.92 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Lesotho without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Lesotho. Type M is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type M 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Lesotho will celebrate 11 national public holidays. The next one Moshoeshoe Day will take place on March 11.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
March 11, 2023 Moshoeshoe DayMoshoeshoe Day
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 1, 2023 Workers’ DayWorkers’ Day
May 18, 2023Moving holiday Ascension DayAscension Day
May 25, 2023 Africa Day/ Heroes’ DayAfrica Day/ Heroes’ Day
July 17, 2023 King Letsie III’s BirthdayKing Letsie III’s Birthday
October 4, 2023 Independence DayIndependence Day
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Lesotho?

There are no Mariott hotels in Lesotho.

There are no Hilton hotels in Lesotho.

There are no IHG hotels in Lesotho.

There are no Best Western hotels in Lesotho.

There are no Radisson hotels in Lesotho.

There are no Accor hotels in Lesotho.

What fast food chains are present in Lesotho?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Lesotho.

The KFC chain operates in Lesotho.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Lesotho.

The Subway chain does not operate in Lesotho.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Lesotho.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Lesotho.

Weather

What is the weather like in Maseru?

Today the sun in Maseru, rises at 5:45 AM and sets at 7:03 PM. The climate of Maseru may be categorized as a , according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9ThunderstormLow: 15.8°C (60.44°F)High: 19°C (66.2°F)
FridayFeb 10ThunderstormLow: 15.3°C (59.54°F)High: 19.2°C (66.56°F)
SaturdayFeb 11Heavy RainLow: 15.8°C (60.44°F)High: 18°C (64.4°F)
SundayFeb 12Rain showersLow: 14.9°C (58.82°F)High: 22.3°C (72.14°F)
MondayFeb 13FogLow: 13.9°C (57.02°F)High: 24.6°C (76.28°F)
TuesdayFeb 14Rain showersLow: 14.4°C (57.92°F)High: 25.8°C (78.44°F)

Weather data for Maseru (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Lesotho.

Car Rental Avis is available, but Sixt , Hertz are not present in Lesotho.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.7, Lesotho is placed 101st out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Lesotho traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  225.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2009.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 31.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Lesotho

123 Police
122 Ambulance
122 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban No known rules against smoking, or no information is available.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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