You are looking for hostels in Lesotho? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Lesotho hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Lesotho.
We list every single hostel in Lesotho and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Lesotho for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Lesotho. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Lesotho is a country in Southern Africa. It is totally surrounded by South Africa and can best be accessed from the north-western side of the country. It is easiest to fly in to South Africa and travel to Lesotho by car or public minibus. Lesotho is a mountain kingdom and it is the only country that is fully located above 1000 meters. This means it can be cold, even in summer. Even though they also have their own currency, Loti (plural: Maloti), the South African Rand is normally used. The price level in Lesotho is comparable to South Africa. It can be a budget destination if you travel by minibus and choose hiking as your main activity.
There currently aren't hostels in Lesotho. There are some budget accommodations in the most popular tourist cities, but standards may be low. Accommodation in smaller towns might be quite pricey for what you get. Sometimes there is no warm water or no water at all. Electricity is also not available everywhere. Not a lot of backpackers travel to Lesotho, because it is difficult to get around if you don’t have your own car. Dorm rooms are therefore scarce and finding a hostel with a social atmosphere might be close to impossible.
The capital of Lesotho is Maseru, with around 450,000 inhabitants. There is not a lot to do or see in Maseru, but it is a good place to start your adventure in Lesotho. You can get a good view of Maseru by taking a minibus up to Lancer’s Gap and walking around on the top.
Lesotho is mainly a destination for outdoor sports. There are also some places where you can see caves, rock paintings, and dinosaur footprints. Another activity is visiting a Basotho village, where you can see how the Basotho people traditionally live.
Hiking is good in many parts of the country, including the Highlands and Drakensberg. Many South African companies organize hiking tours in Lesotho and this might be the easiest way to get information and/or a guide for your trip.
There are several other activities and sites that you may be interested in. Horse riding is another popular activity in Lesotho. The best place for this is Semonkong. There you can also see the 200 meter-high Semonkong falls. Liphofung Caves is a place with rock art. The information centre is new and modern and the guided tours are cheap. They don’t only show you the rock art, but also tell you about Basotho life. Katse Dam is a very big dam of 185 meter high. You can kayak/canoe on the lake. Popular by tourists is Afriski, one of few skiing areas in Africa. It has a lift and 2 slopes, but don’t expect a lot more than that.
When entering the country from the east, the best way to do this is via the Sani Pass. This unpaved road is very steep and has several hairpin turns. Only do this with your own car if you have a sturdy 4-wheel drive and excellent driving skills. If not, it’s better to book a tour from Underberg/Himeville in South Africa. But if you make the trip, on top of the Sani Pass you're rewarded with the highest pub in the world! No matter the time of the day, you just have to take a drink there.
Lesotho has two very popular souvenirs; the Basotho hat and blanket. You can buy these at many places, but the market in Hlotse is big and cheap and therefore best for shopping.
Handwritten by local expert for Lesotho hostels Paulien
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Lesotho here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.