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Lesotho

Lesotho: At a glance

Capital: Maseru

Population: 2.23 million

Official languages: English, Southern Sotho

Time zone: South Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 121

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Lesotho: Travel Health Information

Known as Africa’s Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is known for its wildlife and diverse natural landscapes, particularly its mountain ranges. Travellers can trek through Basotho villages or go hiking and camping in one of the country’s several national parks, such as Sehlabathebe or Ts’ehlanyane.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Lesotho may differ from your home country. Lesotho has a decentralized public healthcare system. The country has three hospitals and a number of medical clinics, which offer basic healthcare services. The healthcare system in Lesotho is relatively extensive, but the quality of care generally does not meet international standards. Care is extremely limited in rural areas and evacuation via plane or helicopter is often required.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Lesotho typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to South Africa may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Lesotho.

Pharmacies and medications

Lesotho has both public and private pharmacies. Access to public pharmacies may be limited and many medications are in short supply. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Lesotho’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

The majority of roads in Lesotho are unpaved and unlit, which may pose a risk to travellers. Wandering livestock on roads is also common. In Lesotho, traffic drives on the left, but many vehicles are right-hand drive. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Lesotho: At a glance

Capital: Maseru

Population: 2.23 million

Official languages: English, Southern Sotho

Time zone: South Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 121

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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