SOUTHERN AFRICA

Lesotho Map

A map of Lesotho that contains cities, roads, lakes, rivers, and mountains. Satellite imagery and an elevation map display its extremely rugged and mountainous terrain.

REFERENCE

Lesotho Political Map

Lesotho is a small country completely surrounded within the country of South Africa. It’s the largest independent enclave state, within another country, with the other two being Vatican City and San Marino. It’s also the southernmost landlocked country in the world. Lesotho has a population of about 2 million people. Maseru is the capital and largest city in Lesotho. Lesotho has two official languages, which are Sesotho and English.

IMAGERY

Lesotho Satellite Map

Lesotho occupies an area of 30,355 square kilometers (11,583 sq mi). This means it’s so small that it’s just slightly larger than Hawaii. The country is highly elevated so it remains mostly cooler throughout the year compared to other regions at the same latitude. Forests cover just 1% of the land in Lesotho. Because of its soil erosion, agriculture is often not a suitable land usage in Lesotho. This is why only about 12% of Lesotho is arable land.

HILLSHADE

Lesotho Elevation Map

Lesotho is extremely rugged with several mountain ranges. For example, its prominent mountains include the Maloti Mountains, Drakensberg, and Thaba Putsoa. No other country in the world has a higher “lowest point” than Lesotho. This means that the country has an extremely high altitude overall.  At 3,482 meters (11,424 ft) in height, Mount Ntlenyana is Lesotho’s highest peak, in the northeast region.