Time Zone
GMT + 2
Telephone Services
Country Code: 266
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police – 123 / 124, Ambulance – 121, Fire – 122
Tourist Information
Lesotho Tourist Board, PO Box 1378 Masseru 100, Lesotho, Tel: 313 760 or 312 896 (information). Fax 310 108.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Visa required by all non-Commonwealth members
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination required.
Malaria: No special precautions considered necessary
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Rabies is a threat. Lesotho is Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) free and people may swim in fresh water without this danger. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food & Drink
Water outside of the main urban areas is untreated and not safe to drink. Dairy products are pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Loti (M) = 100 Lisente.
Limited acceptance of Visa, MasterCard. Travellers cheques are widely accepted. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Unavailable
Cost of Living
A developing small African nation with a growing economy.
Sesotho and English.
The climate is temperate. Rain falls mostly between Oct – Apr. The hottest period is between Jan and Feb.
220 Volts AC.
7 days.
ROADS: Few roads are tarred and are impassable during the raining season. DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended.
Special Information
Visitors should take care particularly at night as as incidents of mugging are on the increase. Religion plays an important part in traditional life. PHOTOGRAPHY: Do not take photos of the palace; police establishments; government offices or anything connected with the military.