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Ecoafriq eshop - Issue #10 It’s Africa, and it’s snowing.

Ecoafriq eshop - Issue #10 It’s Africa, and it’s snowing.
By Ecoafriq • Issue #10 • View online
Lesotho is a mountainous country enclaved, surrounded by South Africa. It is a country within a country. Covers an area of 30,000 sq. km. On the 28 March 2021, it was blanketed by snow flakes. This is not the first time the country has experienced snow. Lesotho exists entirely above 1,000m (3,281ft), and has earned the nickname “Kingdom in the Sky” .

Kingdom in the sky
Kingdom in the sky
Lesotho’s weather vary greatly, but temperatures feel mild to warm most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain and snow throughout the year. Summer is the rainiest while winter is the driest season. Weather reports in South Africa have been warning for the past few weeks of expected snowfall by the end of April and on the early hours of Friday 30 April 2021, patches of snowfall occurred on southern parts of Lesotho. Local landmarks Sani Pass and AfriSki resort woke up to a wintery transformation the following day. The snow intensified, falling a little heavier as the sun rises.
The same weather is happening in some parts of South Africa, The Drakensberg and parts of the Eastern Cape. The conditions are chilly and rain occupied the first weekend of May 2021. Even though the weather is cold, there’s an air of excitement from the locals about these events. Lesotho has a ski resort and this weather is a boost for tourism.
Snowfall in Lesotho
Snowfall in Lesotho
If you’re after warmer Lesotho weather, then November to March is the best season to visit because it’s sunny, and at night it’s not as cold as the rest of the year. During the day, it can get hot at lower altitudes, but nights remain cool.
Lesotho offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions to visitors. Heritage sites you can enjoy during warmer months include:
  1. Subeng. This is where you can see the embedded dinosaur footprints in a sandstone slab in a small stream. This is an important site in the country and was discovered in 1955. Here you can see the footprints of six different species of dinosaur, some with five toes on their feet, and others with three.
  2. Morija Museum. Discover the culture, rich history and arts of the Basotho people.
  3. Maliba Lodge. This is the only 5-star luxury accommodation in Lesotho and offers community visits, extensive hiking trails, 4x4 driving and bird watching. The lodge is located in a pristine national park .
  4. Katse Botanical Garden. The garden is located at an altitude of 2,229 meters, making it the highest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. It’s also home to a collection of traditional Sesotho medicinal plants.
  5. Roma Trading Post Lodge. This lodge is a favourite with tourists and located a stone throw away from Lesotho’s capital Maseru and the airport. It’s a starting point of adventure. Travellers are welcomed to a rustic and luxury destination, filled with many stories from its vibrant history.
Subeng,  dinosaur footprint
Subeng, dinosaur footprint
Maliba  lodge
Maliba lodge
Lesotho is home to a beautiful culture and amazing biodiversity. It’s a mountainous country with plenty of curves, corners and bends to keep you busy.
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