I experienced my second visit to Lesotho a few weeks ago for a 60th birthday celebration weekend and I can honestly say that it has captured a little peace of my soul. This humble country has a lot to offer and is not often a top holiday choice (besides for skiing at Afriski). Having experienced the country for a second time now I wanted to share with you my top 5 reasons to visit Lesotho!
Numero uno – The amazing mountains and twisty roads
I nervously hopped on the back of a motor bike and toured the beautiful mountains with the mountain breeze blowing while we tackled the twists and turns of the road. What an exhilarating, incredible experience! If you are passionate about riding your motorbike or cycling off road this endless miles of mountain terrain will satisfy even the biggest daredevils.
Number 2: Afriski
This is probably one of the most common reasons anyone would go to Lesotho. I haven’t made a stop at Afriski yet but this is definitely on the cards for my next Lesotho trip.
In the winter there is plenty snow ion the mountain caps to fill the ski resort and during summer months the snow is artificially made to keep the ski slopes alive. There are many quint little cottages and accommodation that one can stay in as well as lessons for those who want to learn to ski. I can’t wait to give this a go in the near future.
Number 3: The highest abseil in the world!
Yes, Lesotho is home to the highest abseil in the world and I can proudly say that I conquered it.(204m) Up in the mountains, roughly 4 hours from the capital city Maseru, lies a riveting adventure resort called Semonkong.
I did this abseil in June 2015 and I would do it over and over again. It was by far the most extreme thing I have ever done and in the same breathe it was the most amazing and enjoyable activity I have done in my life. I used to be scared of heights and I surprisingly this experience changed that for me. If you are into abseiling this is a bucket list adventure that you cannot miss. You can check out the website of Semonkong resort here. We stayed in their beautiful accommodation and experienced top star service and delicious food while we were there. I highly recommend it.
Number 4: The Basotho Cultural village
This place is awesome. Nestled in the lower parts of the Lesotho mountains is the Basotho Cultural village where you can do guided tours and earn all about the culture and history of Lesotho.
The village showcases a replica Basotho village and provides visitors an opportuity to learn about the Basotho heritage and culture, try local beers and food, engage with village elders and shop traditional Basotho arts and crafts. I took a couple of photos whle we were there to document our visit.