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Lesotho, formerly Basutoland, is a small, mountainous monarchy in South Africa; heavily dependant on its neighbour.
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The mountainous terrain makes many areas of Lesotho only accessible by
horse or donkey; although more roads are being constructed for the Highlands Water Scheme.
The loti is fixed to the South African rand, with bank interest
rates also linked to those of Lesotho's neighbour.
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Moshoeshoe I, became undisputed leader of the Sotho people after
setting up his headquarters at Thaba Bosiu and rallying the people against their foes in
From 1838 Moshoeshoe I fought off the expansionist Boers in numerous
When the balance of power began to go against the Sotho, the British
government eventually made his kingdom the British protectorate of Basutoland in 1868.
After his death, in 1870, the heirs of Moshoeshoe I became paramount
Rejecting incorporation in South Africa
as provided for in the South African Act of Union of 1910, Basutoland became independent
as Lesotho on October 4, 1966.
On Independence Lesotho became a monarchy and the paramount chief,
Moshoeshoe II, formally its king.
Maseru, linked to South Africa by rail, was a small trading post
until Moshoeshoe I, chief of the Basuto, made it his capital in 1869.
Other communities of note in Lesotho are Mafeteng and Teyateyaneng.
Hotels in Lesotho
12 Orpen Road, Maseru, Lesotho.
Combining just the right blend of comfort, style, and service in the
heart of Lesotho's capital city. Chill out by the pool, head out to explore the city,
munch on tasty bites and snacks, or host an event in one of the hotel's flexible
Guests at the Avani Maseru Hotel (Maseru
Sun) rated the hotel's general cleanliness, fine dining and great location.
Maliba River Lodge:
If you're looking for luxury accommodation in Butha-Buthe, you can't
go far wrong in Lesotho's first and only 5-star lodge. Stay in chalets that are
Guests at the Maliba River Lodge
were impressed with the delicious food, excellent service and wonderful views.
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The Orange River rises on the western slope of the Drakensberg
range, in north-east Lesotho.
The river flows south-west through the landlocked monarchy and enters South Africa.
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