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Mountainous Lesotho a destination for the adventurous

We had a relatively easy hike to this waterfall; there are higher and more impressive waterfalls not far away

We had a relatively easy hike to this waterfall; there are higher and more impressive waterfalls not far away

Lesotho is 11,583 sq mi in size and has a population of 2.2 million; it declared independence from the United Kingdom in October 1966

Lesotho is 11,583 sq mi in size and has a population of 2.2 million; it declared independence from the United Kingdom in October 1966

Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in elevation; its lowest point of 1,400 m (4,593 ft) is thus the highest lowest point of any country in the world

Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in elevation; its lowest point of 1,400 m (4,593 ft) is thus the highest lowest point of any country in the world

Lee and one of our guides showing off their balance; as of 2016, Lesotho's adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 25% ws the second highest in the world (they also have the second highest TB rate in the world)

Lee and one of our guides showing off their balance; as of 2016, Lesotho's adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 25% was the second highest in the world (they also have the second highest TB rate in the world)

We were on this road for 7 km to reach our lodging; South African rand are generally accepted so there is no need to get Lesotho currency

We were on this road for 7 km to reach our lodging; South African rand are generally accepted so there is no need to get Lesotho currency

Along with Vatican City and San Marino, Lesotho is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country

Along with Vatican City and San Marino, Lesotho is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country

Traditional Lesotho houses although many now are cinder block with most having outhouses; life expectancy at birth in Lesotho in 2016 was 51 years for men and 55 for women

Traditional Lesotho houses although many now are cinder block with most having outhouses; life expectancy at birth in Lesotho in 2016 was 51 years for men and 55 for women

This hill just amazed me with its perfect peak; Lesotho has been suffering from prolonged drought but both nights of our visit they had thunderstorms (and even hail)

This hill just amazed me with its perfect peak; Lesotho has been suffering from prolonged drought but both nights of our visit they had thunderstorms (and even hail)

Approximately 85 percent of women and 68 percent of men over the age of 15 are literate; as such, Lesotho holds one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, in part because Lesotho invests more than 12 percent of its GDP in education

Approximately 85 percent of women and 68 percent of men over the age of 15 are literate; as such, Lesotho holds one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, in part because Lesotho invests more than 12 percent of its GDP in education

Erosion is a major problem throughout the country with only 12% o the land arable; 2018 film Black Panther director Ryan Coogler stated that his depiction of Wakanda was inspired by Lesotho

Erosion is a major problem throughout the country with only 12% of the land arable; 2018 film Black Panther director Ryan Coogler stated that his depiction of Wakanda was inspired by Lesotho

A great find for the license plate game; the economy of Lesotho is based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining, and depends heavily on inflows of workers' remittances from South Africa

A great find for the license plate game; the economy of Lesotho is based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining, and depends heavily on inflows of workers' remittances from South Africa

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