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Getting to Lesotho by car

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You can only enter Lesotho by road via South Africa. Due to difficult terrain, it's advised that have use a 4X4 if entering at the Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek and Sani Pass border posts.

Lesotho's road network has greatly improved recently. Main North 1 provides excellent access to most areas in the north - all the road from Maseru to Butha-Buthe and on to Mokhotlong is now tarred. The new tarred road to Katse has opened much of the area of the Highlands Water Project, with the road to Molimo Nthuse and up to Mohale dam site now fully tarred. Main South 1 is a well tarred road to Moyeni, Mount Moorosi and on to Qhoali. However, roads in the south and east of Lesotho can still be difficult in poor weather, and some need 4×4s at all times.

Vehicles will be permitted entry to Lesotho on presentation of the following documents:

  • Valid driving licence of the driver with certified English translation, or an international driving licence.
  • Appropriate insurance certificates.

To bring a non-SADC-registered vehicle into Lesotho one must obtain a temporary import permit (TIP) or, depending on the country of origin of the vehicle, a carnet de passage. If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, they must have a letter of authorisation from the owner for use of the vehicle in Lesotho. Your local AA office should be consulted before leaving for Lesotho to check whether any of these conditions have changed.

You will have to pay a small fee for a temporary road licence.

If you're driving a rental car from South Africa, get a certificate from the rental company to take the car into Lesotho. You will be asked for this paperwork at border control. All goods and luggage brought into Lesotho are subject to customs control and baggage may be subject to examination. Visitors from Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia and South Africa are not allowed to bring liquor into Lesotho. Domestic pets are subject to quarantine requirements.



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