Lesotho ‘the kingdom in the sky’ should be one of the 52 places to visit in 2020 because of its rich culture, diversity of people, exotic wildlife and rich ecosystems.
According to the New York Times ‘the tiny country of Lesotho – a picturesque enclave of jagged desert mountains fully surrounded by South Africa’ has been lost to most African itineraries.
Says New York Times: “But things are changing in landlocked Lesotho, known as the “mountain kingdom,” where most residents, dressed in colourful traditional wool blankets, live in remote rural villages. Over the past decade the number of visitors has nearly doubled as the country has begun promoting tourism to grow its economy.
“A newly started e-visa platform is making visiting easier. Visitors can explore ancient rock paintings at Unesco-listed Maloti-Drakensberg Park, or take multiday pony treks to stay in remote thatch-hut villages. (Outfitters such as solar-powered Malealea Lodge arrange trips.) And in 2020, the capital, Maseru, is scheduled to open a new National Museum and Art Gallery in a three-story building shaped like a spiral aloe, an endemic plant. It will feature exhibits on Basotho culture, its handicrafts tradition and the nation’s first digitised archives.”