TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
The national currency of Lesotho is MALOTI but the South African currency RANDS (ZAR) is also accepted. The Maloti and the Rand are equal (1:1). There are no currency/ foreign exchange facilities at the border, but you can do foreign exchange at any major Bank within Maseru. For ease of logistics, it is advisable that any foreign currency be exchanged before arrival to Lesotho.
Entering and exiting Lesotho
Foreign registered cars entering into Lesotho have to pay the single entry toll fee of R80 (subject to change). The payments will be required at the boarder gates in Maloti or ZAR. You can also swipe your visa or master card. There are no payments when you exit the country.
Banks in Lesotho are completely independent so please make prior arrangements with your local banks in order to have access to transactions on your foreign bank account inside Lesotho.
If you have been to a yellow fever zone please bring your vaccination card with you.
If for any reason you get stuck at any of the entry points and need assistance ask the immigration or
customs official to send any one of us a call back on +266 5894 2875 (Matseliso), and +266 6347 8623
(Nthabiseng) for assistance.
Please bear with us, despite their presence in most areas, we are generally not used to using street names
for directions but use landmarks, building names etc, so be on the lookout for outstanding features when
you need to get around.
Weather conditions in Lesotho
It tends to get very cold in Lesotho, especially at night. We advise those who are seriously anti-winter to
bring extra blankets if they are going to be staying at the student residence. Also bring very warm
jackets. PLEASE do not underestimate the winter of the Kingdom in the Sky.
Address of the University
In case you have to fill out any forms at the border you will require a postal address of your destination.
Use the following postal address:
postal address of where you are going to:
History Department, The National University of Lesotho,
P.O Roma 180 Maseru 100,
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM LESOTHO
Maseru is 136.7km from Bloemfontein, 419 km from Johannesburg, 552.5 km from Durban, 1 107.8km km
from Cape Town, 663.7 km from Gaborone and 669.7 km from Swaziland. Valid Foreign driving licenses are
acceptable provided they show a photograph of the holder.
There are 10 border posts where one can enter Lesotho, but it is advisable that the Maseru one be used as it is
operational 24/7. When getting your passport stamped on the Lesotho side, please ask the officer to give
you thirty days (30). You will be expected to pay a toll fee upon entering the border. Please also be reminded
that there will be other toll fee along the routes to Maseru.
The Moshoeshoe 1 International airport is the main airport in Maseru. It is located roughly 25.7km from the
conference venue and about 21.1km from Maseru City Centre. One can connect to Moshoeshoe 1 International
airport from O.R Tambo International airport (Johannesburg). One can also land at the Bram Fischer
International Airport (Bloemfontein) and take a shuttle to Maseru Border (136.7km).
Shuttle services and car rental services are available at Moshoeshoe 1 airport.
All visitors to Lesotho will require valid travel documents (Passport). Only individuals from certain countries,
however, require travel visas. Please double-check beforehand whether or not you need a visa.
Click here to check your visa requirements.
The LOC will organise a shuttle system to collect delegates from a central pick-up point in South Africa to bring them to Lesotho on the 24th. This same service shall be provided on the 29th to take delegates who will not participate in the post conference excursion back to South Africa. Priority will be given to students (more information to follow shortly).
There will also be a shuttle service during the conference to transport delegates from their residential
areas to the conference venue.
ACCOMMODATION IN LESOTHO
University residence (priority to students)
Bedding will be provided at university student accommodation.
Breakfast will be provided for those staying at the student accommodation on campus
Cost for accommodation will be covered by the LOC.
You will need to bring along padlocks to secure your valuables in the hostels
This accommodation is available from the night of the 24th to the 28th June 2024.
Everyone will be expected to have checked out by 11:00 on the 29th June 2024
In addition, there is a range of accommodation within Roma and Maseru. Please consult list below:
There are lodges, B&Bs and guesthouses in close proximity to the conference venue.
Accommodation options in Roma, Lesotho
THABA BOSIU CULTURAL VILLAGE @ R1305/room (22km from conference venue)
Tel: +266 5884 0018
+266 5022 1962
+266 2702 1962
Accommodation options - Maseru, Lesotho
THE ANNE GUEST HOUSE @ R980/room (37km from conference venue)
791 Senqunyane Street, Lower Thetsane, Maseru.
Tel: +266 5888 3454
*Please note that prices are subject to change