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Maseru MSU     Moshoeshoe International Airport

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The primary airport in Lesotho for international flights is at Maseru. However, there are not always fares that connect through from Europe and the Americas. It may be necessary to find a good flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, first. There are a number of airports in Lesotho. However, not all Lesotho airports have regularly scheduled flights. We do not list the smallest Lesotho airports, since there is no way to provide you flights from those airports. AirGorilla offers flights, hotels, and rental car reservations for Lesotho.

Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a land-locked country, entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. Formerly Basutoland, it is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The name Lesotho roughly translates into "the land of the people who speak Sotho."

The earliest inhabitants of the area were Khoisan hunter-gatherers. They were largely replaced by Bantu-speaking tribes during Bantu migrations. The present Lesotho emerged as a single polity (state) under paramount chief Moshoeshoe I in 1822; it was recognized by Britain on 13 December 1843,and on 12 March 1868 became the High Commission Territories. On 30 April 1965 it was granted autonomy. Its name was changed when Lesotho gained full independence from the United Kingdom on October 4, 1966.

The Lesotho Government is a constitutional monarchy. The Prime Minister is head of government and has executive authority. The King serves a largely ceremonial function; he no longer possesses any executive authority and is proscribed from actively participating in political initiatives.

Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) in elevation. Its lowest point is 1,400 metres (4,593 ft), and over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 metres (5,900 ft).

Lesotho, due to its altitude, remains cooler in the mountains throughout the year, with most of the rain falling as summer thunderstorms. Maseru and surrounding lowlands can often reach 30 C (86 F)in the summer months. Winters can be cold with the lowlands getting down to -7 C (19 F)and the highlands to -18 C (0 F) at times. Snow is common in the deserts and low valleys between May and September, however the higher peaks can experience snowfalls year-round.

Lesotho's economy is based on exports of water and electricity sold to South Africa, manufacturing, agriculture, livestock, and to some extent the earnings of laborers employed in South Africa. Lesotho also exports diamonds, wool, mohair, clothing, and footwear. One of Levi's jeans manufacturing facilities is located there. Lesotho is geographically surrounded by South Africa and economically integrated with it as well. The majority of households subsist on farming or migrant labor, primarily miners who remain in South Africa for 3 to 9 months. The western lowlands form the main agricultural zone. Almost 50% of the population earns some income through crop cultivation or animal husbandry, with over half the country's income coming from the agricultural sector.

According to recent estimates, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Lesotho is around 30%; one of the highest rates in the world. (airports)


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