Lesotho

Arguably one of the most overlooked countries in Africa, Lesotho is a bit of an enigma. The country is not only completely landlocked, it is also completely surrounded by the only country it borders; in essence, Lesotho is like a hole in the doughnut that is South Africa. Lesotho is virtually virgin territory when it comes to mass tourism, or tourism of just about any kind, so the adventure traveller looking to blaze through unfamiliar and essentially unchartered territory may well find a number of perfect opportunities here to do so. Lesotho culture - particularly its music - is well shared with other countries in the southern part of the continent, but is well known for being relatively untouched, certainly not by many foreign influences. This can translate into one of the last few unadulterated cultural experiences a traveller can have, but which also means it likely won't be an easy one; tourist facilities are developing here but are still rather limited. And traveller beware! Lesotho has one of the top three highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the entire world, and that is not a statistic to take lightly. As it stands, most adults in this country will not see their 45th birthday and unless travellers, too, want to stay 'forever young', they will travel with caution, using common sense. As the Canadian government puts it in their travel advisory, "be cautious about activities involving the transmission of bodily fluids." 'Nuff said. ~ WBB Staff Writer


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 Full name: Kindom of Lesotho

 Population: 1.93 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Maseru

 Largest city: Maseru

 Area: 30,355 sq.km. (11,720 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: Sesotho, English, Zulu,  Xhosa

 Major religions: Christian, Indigenous  Beliefs

 Monetary unit: Loti

 GDP per capita: US $1,400

 Internet domain: .ls

 International dialling code: +266

 Source: CIA World Factbook