Lesotho is a scenic landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa. Two-thirds of Lesotho consists of mountains. The highest peak, mount Ntlenyama, is 11,424 feet (3,482 metres) above sea level. The women of Lesotho are equally breathtaking if not more. Tall, naturally beautiful and adorning beautiful Basotho Hat (or Mokorotlo) and wrapped in Basotho tribal blanket, or ‘Seanamarena’ they make for the perfect company. Meet lovely looking Lesotho escorts on Exotic Africa.More Less
A scenic land of tall mountains and narrow valleys, Lesotho is a landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa.
As if that is not enough, the women of Lesotho are breathtaking. Tall, naturally beautiful and adorning beautiful Basotho Hat (or Mokorotlo) and wrapped in Basotho tribal blanket, or ‘Seanamarena’.
The origin of the Basotho blanket goes back over a century. In 1860, King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of Lesotho, was given a wool blanket as a gift. The King loved the blanket so much, he abandoned his traditional leopard-skin kaross in favour of the blanket.
The Basotho people soon followed suit and to this day the blanket is an inherent part of their lives and culture. You will see blankets of varying colours and patterns at all important life events, from marriage to childbirth to the coronation of kings.
Many people in Lesotho live in rural areas practising farming and animal husbandry and therefore wear clothing that is suitable for this lifestyle. For example, you will see herd boys wearing large rain boots, referred to as gum boots, to wade through the muddy mountain terrain with their animals. Most herd boys also wear woolen caps or balaclavas year-round to protect their faces from cold temperatures and dust blown around by the strong mountain winds.
Welcome to Lesotho
The country is called Lesotho, the language is Sesotho, an individual is a Mosotho and the people are Basotho. Its capital is Maseru.
According to World Bank population index the country had approximately 2,200,000 as of 2016. 80% of the population practice christianity.
Tourism, garment manufacturing, food processing, brewing, maize, wheat milling, and handicrafts are some of the promising industries in the country.
Two-thirds of Lesotho consists of mountains. The highest peak, mount Ntlenyama, is 11,424 feet (3,482 metres) above sea level. The Drakensberg range forms the eastern boundary with KwaZulu-Natal. The Maloti spurs of the Drakensberg, running north and south, join the main range in the north, forming a plateau from 9,000 to 10,500 feet (2,700 to 3,200 metres) in elevation.
Since the Neolithic period, the mountain kingdom was the domain of Khoisan-speaking hunter-gatherers. In the 19th century the Sotho, led by Moshoeshoe I, took control of the region.
It remained independent until it became a British protectorate, one of three British High Commission Territories (the others being Bechuanaland [now Botswana and Swaziland).
How to get to Lesotho
There are 17 Airports in Lesotho and Moshoeshoe I International Airport serving Maseru is the main airport in the country. Maseru is found very close to the north western border with South Africa. Although there isn’t a huge deal to see in Maseru – the city is essentially a base for expeditions and travels deeper into Lesotho – it is well worth stopping here upon entry into Lesotho to stock up before venturing further in (where there are very, very few Western-style shops).
You can also get into Maseru by car through the entry point from South Africa.
Fun things to do in Lesotho
One of the landmarks in Maseru is the Mokorotlo. One of the country’s most monumental buildings, the Mokorotlo is the traditional hut built in a modern sophisticated style, it is a virtual museum where you can learn more about the cultures and tradition of the friendly Basotho nation.
Thetsane is worth having a wander around on a weekday – two kilometres south of Maseru on Pioneer Road (past the Pope’s Podium) are a cluster of factories that churn out t-shirts and jeans for numerous US chain stores, including Kmart, Children’s Place and Gap (if you’ve ever bought an Old Navy top chances are it was stitched together here). The chaotic hustle and bustle of Thetsane contrasts sharply with the slow pace of life elsewhere in Lesotho, and it’s a fascinating place to see what African industrialisation looks like.
Many people in Lesotho like to listen to R&B music as well as traditional Basotho music. People like to watch movies when they have a chance to. Women often cook together and make crafts together while they socialize. Many people in Lesotho love football/soccer, so they spend a lot of time watching and playing soccer matches.
Basotho main dishes is steamed bread, potatoes, rice, porridge, and a dish called “papa”, which is similar to mashed potatoes but made of corn meal. The average person has watery porridge in the morning with a piece of steamed bread. At lunch and supper, there is usually papa and steamed cabbage or spinach. Sometimes there is a soup drizzled on the papa to give it flavour.
Sometimes there is mashed pumpkin and apples. Children eat “fat cakes”, which are flour fried in fat, like a doughnut without a glaze. Like here, what they eat depends largely on how poor they are. If they can afford it, families buy meat. This means that the diet is Lesotho is primarily starch and fat, with very little protein.
English is the language of education in Lesotho and so the more education someone has, the more likely they are to speak-English.