Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is an ancient mountainous land filled with minerals, rolling hills and majestic natural formations as old as time. But it is also a nation looking ahead to a bright future, striving to drive forward from a dormant past.

Known as the Mountain Kingdom or the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is home to vistas and mountainous
scenery that has to be seen to be believed. The mountains filter Lesotho’s crystal clear water that feeds into numerous rivers and hydrates the country’s abundance of green pastures, providing for its livestock. The mountains also yield Lesotho’s other prolific mineral: diamonds.

Lesotho is a democratic, sovereign and independent country located within the borders of South Africa. The name
Lesotho translates to “the land of the people who speak Sotho”. Formerly a British protectorate until independence in October 1966, the kingdom of Lesotho is one of only three remaining monarchies in Africa.

Lesotho occupies a unique geographical position. The country is situated centrally within Southern Africa, with access to some of the fastest-growing industrial economic areas in the region, such as South Africa’s Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

The government of Lesotho has adopted a private sector-driven economic development and an export-led industrial growth strategy. Essential parts of the economy are industries like diamond mining and quarrying, construction, the manufacturing of textiles, garments and footwear, the assembly of electronics and electrical appliances, trout breeding, fishing and food processing.

Lesotho offers natural beauty, rugged terrain, rich local culture and traditions, as well as adventurous activities that
don’t require a permit, like skiing and snowboarding. Accommodation can be found in all regions of the country –
some serenely situated on river banks, some on mountainsides, and some at the highest altitude in Southern Africa,
surrounded by beautiful mountains and a peaceful, natural environment.

Source: Best of Lesotho Volume 1,
Published by Proudly Africa

This is an extract from issue 5 of BRICS Journal. Get your hands on the issue to read more about Lesotho.
Image: Eye See Africa

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