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This Kingdom in the Sky offers a unique travel experience. In Lesotho soaring mountains beckon, skies overwhelm, waters run wild and deep. Experience a country which must have given birth to the very spirit of adventure and excitement. Under scorching sun or thick snow, this southern African country has a beautiful and challenging environment. Heights, depths, sizes, distances, temperatures - they are all extreme in Lesotho, where humans and animals have successfully and harmoniously coexisted since prehistoric times and have had to meet the extraordinary challenges of the natural world to ensure survival in this unique country.
The nature loving visitor or eco-tourist is not only welcomed in Lesotho, but spoilt for choice in this country of 30300 km2 of unfenced and unspoilt beauty. The remote and lovely environment offers the ultimate action holiday with a staggering array of pursuits.
Challenges abound in this land include the Guiness World record highest commercial abseil of 204 m alongside the Maletsunyane waterfall near Semonkong town, exhilarating white water rafting courses, canoeing, spectacular snow skiing in winter in the Maloti Mountains of the Western region and horse riding or pony trekking as well as mountain climbing and hiking in the Drakensberg mountains of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park. Sites of staggering natural splendour await the curious visitor in some remote locations. Reaching those spots is a challenge in itself for many, and nowhere else are off-road sports more fun, gruelling, exhilarating and positively addictive than in Lesotho, on top of the world.
The thin and cool air in Lesotho at altitudes of 3 000 metres, which is deservedly classed as the highest country in the world, imparts a gentle hue to the colours of nature and is the reason why Lesotho's mountains famously have an almost transparent blue tone and an ethereal feel.
The serenity of the landscapes and skyscapes also lures holiday makers who enjoy more gentle pursuits. There is, of course, wonderful fishing in the mountain streams, the terrain positively begs to be walked, hiked or ridden, no matter what the weather, and breathtaking landscapes in different combinations of mountains, skies and water challenge artists and photographers alike, for example when driving the Sani Pass downhill towards the border of South Africa or when visiting Lesotho's first national park, Sehlabathebe.
Whether exploring the mysteries of the past, wonders of the present or your own frontiers of adventure, Lesotho welcomes you.
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