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Lesotho

Background

Lesotho

Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled for the first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Botswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties continue to dispute how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly.

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Lesotho is a country in Southern Africa. Known as the Kingdom in the Sky because of its lofty altitude — it has the highest lowest point of any country in the world (1400m) and is the only country to be entirely above 1000m! Lesotho is totally surrounded by South Africa and is a fantastic adventure holiday destination.

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LesothoMaliba Mountain Lodge 

Tsehlanyane National Park
Leribe
Butha Buthe
Lesotho

Price (US$): $334 - $335 / night

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Location. Located in Butha Buthe, Maliba Mountain Lodge is in a national park. Property Features. Maliba Mountain Lodge's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The lodge serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Guests can enjoy a complimentary manager's reception daily. Spa amenities include facials and body treatments. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is… more »

LesothoLodge Katse 

Katse Village
Bokong
Lesotho

Price (US$): $88 - $196 / night

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Location. Located in Bokong, Lodge Katse is in a state/national park and close to Katse Dam. Property Features. Lodge Katse's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Self parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and a garden. Guestrooms. 40 guestrooms at Lodge Katse feature coffee/tea makers and makeup/shaving mirrors. Accommodations offer… more »

LesothoMohale Lodge 

Ha Mohale Lkalaneng
Mohale
Likalaneng
Lesotho

Price (US$): $127 - $128 / night

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Location. Mohale Lodge is located in Likalaneng's Ha Mohale neighborhood, close to Mohale Dam. Property Features. Mohale Lodge's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Those traveling on business have access to a business center at this lodge. This Likalaneng property has event space consisting of a conference center and conference/meeting rooms. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property… more »

LesothoTHE LESOTHO SUN 

Hilton Hill Road
Maseru
Lesotho

Price (US$): $286 - $356 / night

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THE LESOTHO SUN, ORIGINALLY BUILT FROM TRADITIONALSANDSTONE, IS SITUATED ON A HILLSIDE OVERLOOKING MASERU. THELONG SLUNG, ELEGANT, MODERN BUILDING IS DESIGNED TO GIVEGUESTS A SPECTACULAR VIEW ACROSS THE CITY TOWARDS FARAWAYMOUNTAINS AND AWESOME SKYSCRAPERS.. 194 ROOMS 6 LEVELS .. ROOM AMENITIES.AVAILABLE IN ALL ROOMS AIR CONDITIONING BATHROOM AMENITIES CABLE TV COFFEE/TEA MAKER COLOR TV DIRECT DIAL PHONE ELECTRICAL PLUG ADAPTERS FULL SIZE MIRROR HIGH SPEED INTERNET MOVIES REMOTE CONTROL TV… more »

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Lesotho

Full name
Kingdom of Lesotho
Capital
Maseru
Location

Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa

Geographic coordinates

29 30 S, 28 30 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Maryland

Border countries

South Africa 909 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers

Terrain

mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains

Lowest point

junction of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers 1,400 m

Highest point

Thabana Ntlenyana 3,482 m

Natural resources

water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay, building stone

Population

1,919,552

Ethnic groups

Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%,

Religions

Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Languages

Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa

Government type

parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Independence

4 October 1966 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 4 October (1966)

Chief of state

King LETSIE III (since 7 February 1996); note - King LETSIE III formerly occupied the throne from November 1990 to February 1995 while his father was in exile

Head of government

Prime Minister Pakalitha MOSISILI (since 23 May 1998)

Internet country code

.ls

Internet users

76,800 (2009)

Airports

26 (2010)

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