Thaba Ntlenyana, in the Drakensberg range, is Southern Africa’s highest peak at 3 482m above sea level. Watch out for lighting strikes on high ground, when hiking. They kill a couple of people every year.
Kingsway, Maseru’s main street, was paved (and probably named) for a British Royal visit in 1947 and remained the only tar road in the city for many years.
Maseru’s most unusual building is in Kingsway – a curio shop in the shape of a conical Basotho hat.
Thaba Bosiu – Moshoeshoe’s stronghold and capital. The remnants of his fortress and the cemetery may still be seen on this soulful spot.
Pony-trekking is the signature activity in the highlands and hikes and 4x4 routes abound. Probably the most famous 4x4 road is the climb from Underberg (in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province) up Sani Pass into Lesotho. Strictly 4x4 only unless you are a minibus taxi, for some reason. Those things can go anywhere.
The Khatse Dam at Bokong and its catchment area offer spectacular views, outstanding birding and numerous watersports.
Thaba Phatsoa near Lionel Collet Dam offers the more rugged activities – mountaineering, abseiling, hiking and canoeing.
Morija was the first mission station in Lesotho, established in 1833, and is home to the country’s best museum. It also gives access to the nearby dinosaur footprints although Quthing, in the south has the most accessible prints. www.go2africa.com/lesotho/morija
Mohale’s Hoek is home to the AIDS orphanage made famous by Britain’s Prince Harry.
Maletsunyane Falls near Semonkong, at 192 metres, is the highest single-drop waterfall in Southern Africa.
Lesotho’s National Parks may be complicated to reach but they are well worth the trek. Sehlabathebe has to be one of the most remote and scenic official conservation areas on the planet. You must take ALL your supplies with you. Even wood. www.seelesotho.com
There are San rock paintings throughout Lesotho. Some of the most accessible are at Malealea, which is also home to one of the country’s most developed lodges, called (funnily enough) Malealea Lodge.
Afriski at 3322m above sea level, at the top of the Mahlasela Pass in the Maloti Mountains, is Lesotho’s only ski resort and one of only two in Southern Africa. It sleeps 352 people and man-made snow augments the natural stuff throughout the winter season. There’s even a snow-boarding championships held here. www.afriski.co.za