Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a small landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. With a size of only 30,000 square kilometres, it is one of the smallest nations in the continent with a population of slightly over two million.
The capital, Maseru, serves as the main gateway to the country, and is the primary command and control centre of the government in the delivery of services and other necessities. Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, an intergovernmental organisation that is made up of mostly territories of the former British Empire. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations organised through the Commonwealth Foundation. The Commonwealth is headed by Queen Elizabeth II.
Where to go
Domestic destinations within Lesotho include various natural wonders that are unique to the country. Travellers who enjoy activities such as trekking and hiking will have a great time going through the Lesotho Highlands, while nature trippers will be transfixed to the beauty of the impressive cave houses in Kome Caves. The refreshing Semonkong Falls, and the San rock art found in the Liphofung Cave, are yet other wonders, as well as the well-preserved Dinosaur footprints in the areas of Moyeni and Morija. When travelling from one destination to another, make sure to learn about land travel in the area, as Lesotho does not have many available domestic flights.
Lesotho has a handful of airports within their vicinity, although the only airport with scheduled services is the Moshoeshoe I International Airport. It has one scheduled service to Johannesburg in South Africa. Other than that, travellers will not find any more flights. Meanwhile, a group called Mission Aviation Fellowship provides aviation and communication services to more than a thousand Christian and Humanitarian agencies, as well as thousands of isolated missionaries and indigenous villagers in the world's most remote areas. Although the Christian organisation provides services from the Moshoeshoe I International Airport, it is not considered a regular service and is solely used for operational support to programs within the continent. For those who are planning to travel around Africa, it is best to catch the next flight to Johannesburg to the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, where several flights to other countries within the continent are available.
There are no long haul flights in Lesotho so to speak, as the only route out of the country to Johannesburg in South Africa is short haul of nature. For travellers who are planning to check on flights going to other countries, it is suggested that they catch flights from the nearest international airports such as the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport.
How to get out
The only route going out of the country is through the Moshoeshoe I International Airport to Johannesburg in South Africa. Other than the said destination, travellers should plan and catch flights from South Africa since the local airports do not have other flights. From the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, travellers may go to places in Africa, continental Europe, cities in North America, and a few Asian and Australian destinations.