Lesotho Travel Budget - Visit Lesotho on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Lesotho?

You should plan to spend around $61 (LSL1,153) per day on your vacation in Lesotho. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (LSL521) on meals
  • $9.64 (LSL183) on local transportation
  • $43 (LSL821) on hotels

A one week trip to Lesotho for two people costs, on average, $851 (LSL16,135). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lesotho cost?

A one week trip to Lesotho usually costs around $425 (LSL8,068) for one person and $851 (LSL16,135) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lesotho on average costs around $851 (LSL16,135) for one person and $1,702 (LSL32,271) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Lesotho will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lesotho on average costs around $1,824 (LSL34,576) for one person and $3,647 (LSL69,152) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Lesotho?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Lesotho is $211 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Lesotho expensive to visit?

Lesotho is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Lesotho is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Africa for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Nigeria, but there are also more expensive countries, such as Zambia.

For more details, see Is Lesotho Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lesotho?

The average Lesotho trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Lesotho travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) LSL821 ($43)
Local Transportation 1 LSL183 ($9.64)
Food 2 LSL521 ($28)
Entertainment 1 LSL279 ($15)
Alcohol 2 LSL39 - 118 ($2 - 6)
Accommodation Budget in Lesotho
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lesotho is $22 (LSL411). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lesotho is $43 (LSL821). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Lesotho

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Local Transportation Budget in Lesotho
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lesotho is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.64 (LSL183) per person, per day, on local transportation in Lesotho.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Food Budget in Lesotho
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Lesotho can vary, the average cost of food in Lesotho is $28 (LSL521) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lesotho should cost around $11 (LSL209) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lesotho is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Lesotho
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Lesotho typically cost an average of $15 (LSL279) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Lesotho
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $4.14 (LSL79) on alcoholic beverages in Lesotho per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Lesotho On a Budget
Lesotho Lesotho
Lesotho is a unique little country, made mostly of mountains, and completely surrounded by South Africa. Known as the "Kingdom in the Sky" because of its high altitude, it has the highest lowest point of any country in the world. It is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and mountains, with opportunities for seeing beautiful waterfalls, impressive cave dwellings, rock art, dinosaur footprints, and the ruins of a 19th century kingdom.

At A Glance
Maseru is the capital city of Lesotho, located on its northwestern border with South Africa. As far as attractions go, the city is more of a home base for expeditions and travels deeper into the country. Hlotse, also known as Leribe, is located a bit further north and serves as a regional market hub - a great place for craft shopping and stocking up before venturing into the Highlands. Teyateyaneng is another important market for locally made crafts, while Quthing in the south is known to be near impressive rock and cave art of the San people.

As far as the landscape goes, Lesotho's topography changes from lowlands in the west, to foothills, and then mountains which make up most of the country's eastern half. Then there is also the Senqu River Valley at the junction of the Makhaleng and Orange rivers in the south.

Lesotho's high altitude and rugged terrain draw many visitors for outdoor activities, especially hiking. Hiking in the country's highlands is not for the inexperienced, and having a guide is preferable. The Department of Tourism can find you a guide, who can then navigate the way, often staying in remote villages overnight. Guided trekking and climbing in the Maluti/ Drakensberg mountains is another common venture, which can be planned through GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures.

If trekking on foot is not what you have in mind, pony-trekking is also available at either Malealea, Semonkong, or at the Basotho Pony-Trekking Centre. It's a great way to see the Lesotho countryside as the ponies can navigate where the cars cannot, through far-off villages and steep mountainsides.

When wintertime does come, the slopes at Oxbow are also well-frequented by visitors.
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Top Tourist Attractions
The striking landscape of Lesotho's highlands is truly one of the top attractions in the country. As mentioned earlier, one can see the rugged countryside on foot, bicycle, or by pony. The mountains are grand enough, but there are also a few hidden gems nestled within them.

Sani Pass: The high road up to Sani Top is the highest pass in South Africa and crosses the border between S.A. and Lesotho. This is a great trip to make because of the stunning views, rugged terrain, and physical challenge. Read this great article about taking a road trip to Sani Pass, Lesotho.

Kome Caves: Built by the Basotho people to hide from cannibals, these impressive cave dwellings are a sight not to be missed. They are located about an hour's drive from Maseru in the Berea district.

Maletsunyane (Semonkong) Falls: Located near the small town of Semonkong in central Lesotho, these falls drop 200 meters in one great plunge. In the summertime the pond that lies below is popular for swimming, while in the winter the waterfall freezes into a single column.

Rock Art and Dinosaur footprints: Evidence of prehistoric times lies preserved in the landscape of Lesotho as well. The most accessible of the dinosaur footprints can be seen near the towns of Moyeni and Morija, while some of the most impressive rock art can be found within Liphofung Cave.

Popular Foods
Cuisine of the Basotho people is ingrained in African tradition with some British influences as well. It also tends to share certain culinary practices with its neighbor, South Africa, with ingredients largely consisting of potato, seafood, rice, vegetables, and corn based dishes. Most dishes contain sauces, though less spicy than other countries in Africa, and beetroot salad is a common side dish. Oxtail stews, peanut stews, curries, and kabobs are also very traditional. Ginger beer, local brews, and ting or fermented porridge are popular beverages.

Mieliepap: A traditional porridge or polenta made from mielie-meal (a ground maize). Different variations have different consistencies and textures like the smooth slap pap, the thicker stywe pap, and the more crumbly phuthu pap. The pap is usually accompanied by savories like green vegetables flavored with chili, or served with meat and a kind of tomato stew. It is also a common breakfast staple, usually eaten with milk, butter, and sugar. (recipe here)

By plane, Moshoeshoe I International Airport serves the capital city of Maseru. South African Airways and Airlink operate daily flights between Maseru and Johannesburg. It is important to arrange a taxi in advance as there are none at the airport.

As Losotho is surrounded on all sides by South Africa, by car you will be entering from South Africa. The major border posts are Caledonspoort, Ficksburg Bridge, Makhaleng Bridge, Maseru Bridge, Ngoangoma Gate, Peka Bridge, Qacha's Nek, Ramatseliso's Gate, Sani Pass, Sephaphos Gate, Tele Bridge and Van Rooyen's Gate. Be aware that gas is scarce, and the terrain may be rugged.

By bus, Vaal-Maseru runs a coach service between Johannesburg and Maseru.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.