Q. What are the best times to visit Lesotho?
A. Lesotho experiences extreme in temperatures during its summer and winter seasons. Winter in Lesotho occurs between May to September and summer between October to April. Winter months experience snowfall and temperatures falling to below freezing point, with the coldest months being June and July. On the other hand, summer in Lesotho is warm and wet, with January and February being the hottest months and also experiencing the maximum amount of rainfall. Temperatures during the summer months range between 15 to 35 degrees Celsius. Despite its relatively higher temperatures, summer season in Lesotho is comfortable and not too hot to step outdoors. With plenty of sunlight and pleasant days, the summer months of October to April are a good time to visit Lesotho. If one specially wants to avoid the rains and yet experience the good weather and many tourist activities, the best time to visit would be between October to November and following the rainy period, during March and April.
Q. What should I take to wear?
A. Nights can get quite chilly in Lesotho, especially in the mountains. Make sure to bring warm clothes! Even the lowest parts of Lesotho are in the foothills of the Drakensburg mountain range. It can get cold, especially in winter. Remember that the seasons are opposite from the US and Europe, so be prepared for the right season. If you are planning on trekking, especially for multiple days, bring a warm sleeping bag, a headlamp, and water purifier to cleanse water from rivers and streams. Also remember to bring good hiking shoes. If you get too cold, you can always buy a Basotho blanket, worn by both men and women across Lesotho.
Q. What is the currency in Lesotho and how can I pay?
A. Lesotho's main currency is the Maloti, which is tied to the South African Rand. South African Rand is spent interchangeably with Maloti. Maloti is available only in Lesotho, and cannot be used in South Africa. Major currencies can be exchanged for Maloti and Rand at most hotels, banks and ATMS, and forex bureaus across Lesotho, using Visa and MasterCard networks. Travelers’ cheques can be exchanged at hotels, local banks, and exchange bureau. The largest note that is available is the 200 Maloti/Rand.
Q. Are there many restaurants in Lesotho?
A. A noticeable change over the last few years has been the increase in the number of restaurants offering quality dining for excellent value. There is a wide variety of restaurants in Lesotho. Lesotho’s cuisine is known in Southern Africa as the rainbow cuisine due to its variety of polyglot influences. Malaysian, Dutch, British, and Indian culinary practices characterize its distinct flavors, and French wines accompany meals to the delight of European visitors. Everything from high-end restaurants to street-side diners can be found in the capital, along with a great choice of hotel restaurants and independent eateries. Seafood, freshwater fish and meat-heavy dishes are favorites, and desserts show a strong Indian flavor.