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Maps of Lesotho

Physical Map of Lesotho displaying state boundaries, relief, major rivers, highest and lowest points, and major settlements.

Lesotho is an enclave as it is surrounded by South Africa in Southern Africa. The country has an area of 30,000 sq. km.

Lesotho is also unique in other ways. It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,400 m in elevation. In fact, 80% of the country lies above 1,800 m. Its lowest point (marked on the map by an inverted yellow triangle) of 1,400 m is thus the highest (lowest point) in the world.

Thabana Ntlenyana is the highest point of Lesotho at 3,482 m (marked on the map by an upright yellow triangle)

As for geographic regions in Lesotho, the only real lowlands are in the southwest along the Caledon River. The balance of Lesotho is a series of foothills and plateaus fronting mountains, central, east and north.Significant rivers include the Calendon, Makhaleng, Malibamatso, Matsoku and Orange (or Senqu). The Orange River at about 2,100 km in length is one of the longest rivers in Africa. It rises in the Lesotho Highlands as the Sinqu River. In South Africa it flows west, passing the southern edge of the Kalahari Desert and winds through the Namib Desert before draining into the Atlantic Ocean.

Districts of Lesotho Map

The Political Map of Lesotho displaying the 10 districts, their capitals including the national capital of Maseru.

Lesotho has 10 districts, each with a capital called camptown. The districts are subdivided into 80 constituencies and 129 local community councils.

In alphabetical order, the districts are as follows: Berea, Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru, Mohale's Hoek, Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek, Quthing, Thaba-Tseka

With an area of 4,279 sq. km, Maseru is the largest district and the most populous one as well. The capital of the district is also called Maseru and is the national capital as well.

Where is Lesotho?

Map showing location of Lesotho in the world.

Lesotho or the Kingdom of Lesotho is a Southern African country. It is an enclaved nation that is located with the territory of South Africa. It is in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres of the Earth.

Lesotho Bordering Countries: South Africa.

Regional Maps: Map of Africa

Outline Map of Lesotho

Blank Outline Map of Lesotho

The blank outline map represents the Southern African country of Lesotho. The map can be downloaded, printed, and used for educational purposes.

Outline Map of Lesotho

The outline map represents the enclave of Lesotho, a Southern African country bordered at all sides by South Africa.

Key Facts

Legal Name Kingdom of Lesotho
Capital City Maseru
29 19 S, 27 29 E
Independence 4 October 1966 (from the UK)


Total Area 30,355.00 km2
Land Area 30,355.00 km2
Water Area 0.00 km2
Total Border 1,106.0 km
Coastline 0.0 km
Bordering Countries South Africa 1106 km
Climate Temperate; cool to cold, dry winters; hot, wet summers
Coordinates 29 30 S, 28 30 E
Mean Elevation 2,161 m
Lowest Elevation 1 m
junction of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers
Highest Elevation 3,482 m
Thabana Ntlenyana


Population 2,125,268
Ethnic Groups Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%
Languages Sesotho (official) (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa
Religions Protestant 47.8% (Pentecostal 23.1%, Lesotho Evangelical 17.3%, Anglican 7.4%), Roman Catholic 39.3%, other Christian 9.1%, non-Christian 1.4%, none 2.3% (2014 est.)


Currency maloti (LSL)
GDP $2.46 Billion
GDP Per Capita $1,157.54
Exports Manufactures (clothing, footwear), wool and mohair, food and live animals, electricity, water, diamonds

This page was last updated on October 12, 2020

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