- Easy to read in any vehicle
- Updated roads and many 4×4 tracks
- Countrywide accommodation and contact details, including rural homestays
- Many points of interest, useful travel information and essential services
- Coordinates and route descriptions
- Large aerial photo of the Sani Pass
- Street plan of Maseru
Modern Lesotho traces its origins to the early 1800’s, when King Moshoeshoe I united various tribes who had been displaced through the upheavals associated with the expansion of the Zulu kingdom under King Shaka. Moshoeshoe settled in the mountainous stronghold in present-day Lesotho. He is widely regarded as a seasoned diplomat who wisely managed various conflicts and powerful interests during his lifetime. Under his leadership Basotholand (as it was then called) became a British protectorate. It gained independence in 1966.
Lesotho is a tiny land-locked country and is dominated by the Maluti mountain range, which runs mainly south-west to north-east, culminating in an eastern summit plateau exceeding 3000 meters. Thaba-Ntlenyana, at 3482 meters, and visible from the top of the Sani Pass, is the highest point in Southern Africa. It is also the one of the only independent states in the world to be completely surrounded by another country – in this case South Africa. Much of the economy of Lesotho is dependent on its powerful neighbour – either as a supplier of migrant labour to that country’s mines or through the export of water and electricity.
For its small size Lesotho has some impressive tourist destinations such as the Maletsunyane Falls – a 200 meters high waterfall – or the Sehlabathebe National Park which is a remote and tranquil park in the South-east of the country. Lesotho also boasts the most sites of dinosaur footprints on earth.
Pony trekking is a popular tourist attraction. The Basotho have a strong tradition of horse riding which dates back to colonial times, and experiencing their sturdy Basuto pony’s as they traverse the narrow trails is an exhilarating experience.
Our detailed road map shows all main and minor roads as well as many tracks. It is a great planning tool with GPS co-ordinates of important intersections, places of interest, accommodation information, a street plan of Maseru, travel information and contact details. The Sani Pass is expected to be tarred in the very near future, and would then lose its fame as one of the most challenging passes in Southern Africa. Maybe it’s worth planning a visit to drive the pass before this happens!