It is dangerous to stroll alone in Maseru.
Friendly conversations with locals may evolve into disguised pleas for money, as they do pretty much everywhere else in the globe – adhere to your beliefs and only donate to recognized organizations.
Driving past red lights at night is the standard — not just to speed up your trip (the cops won’t care), but also as a deterrent to carjackings.
Lesotho has the world’s third highest HIV/AIDS incidence rate, with one in every four persons infected. The incidence rate of approximately 50% for women under 40 in metropolitan settings is much more concerning.
Consult your doctor about which vaccines you’ll need, but you’ll almost certainly need Hep A, Hep B, and Typhoid. A rabies vaccination is recommended if you plan on staying in rural regions for an extended period of time. Lesotho is free of tropical illnesses including malaria, yellow fever, and bilharzia.
Because the hospitals in Lesotho are not of great quality, it is a good idea to include some sterile needles and dressing in your first aid bag.
If you have any severe health issues while in Lesotho, call your country’s embassy in Maseru or, in most instances, in Pretoria, South Africa, since there are excellent facilities over the border for those who can afford them.
Lesotho is a high, hilly plateau, and some individuals may experience altitude sickness when they first arrive in the isolated Highlands. Skin burns rapidly in the thin alpine air, so drink plenty of water and stay covered up. In the summer, the sun is scorching!
Lesotho’s water is filthy and should not be consumed untreated. Be wary of street sellers selling carbonated beverages, since they are often sold in dirty, reused glass bottles.
Bring a moisturizer with you! The air in Lesotho is dry, and some individuals will have dry skin!