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Travel guide to Lesotho

Passports
Your passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, but you should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. There is no malaria, tsetse fly or yellow fever in Lesotho. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB).
Currency
Lesotho loti (LSL) - but take South African rand (ZAR) which is legal tender on 1-for-1 basis, but change will be given in local currency.      Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping. VISA & Master cards are accepted in most luxury hotels, but not American Express or Diners Club. Always ensure you carry cash when travelling in the countryside, as some places may not accept cards.
Language
English + Sotho + Xhosa + Zulu + Phuthi
Time Zone
GMT + 2 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some rural regions may not have cell phone coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
 
Clothing – pack in layers according to the season. Take a day pack, good walking shoes, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, sunglasses & biodegradable sunscreen. Rain gear is needed during the wet season. Also pack a fleece, hat & gloves as it can get very cold in the mountains at night, even in summer. Sanitising hand cleaner and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses & a 'shewee' is invaluable for ladies in the bush. 
 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type M (round 3 pin), same as South Africa. 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
 
Water – drink only bottled water. 
 
Food – hotels serve European food and good South African wine. Vegetarians and food allergies can be catered for. 
 
Taxis – in Maseru only use regulated taxis, which are best ordered through your hotel reception. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature. A credit card (not debit card) in the name of the main driver is also required to secure the rental deposit. 
 
Safety – take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
 
Wild Animals – attacks by wild animals are rare, but we cannot guarantee that attacks will not occur so observe all sensible precautions. We cannot be held responsible for injuries caused during an incident with a wild animal. 
 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for safaris and any other potentially hazardous activities. 
 
Tipping – this is not compulsory, but if you wish to tip because you have received good service, we suggest the following: 
- specialist guides & rangers: R150 per adult/per full day. This can be reduced for longer stays. 
- housekeeping: R30 per room per day, placed in communal tipping box. 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill) 
- porters: R10 per bag. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
 
Displays of Affection - LGBT relationships are legel in Lesotho, but public displays of affection should be avoided. We advise all our clients, gay and heterosexual, to be sensitive to cultural differences. 
 
FCO Travel Advice - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.
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