By Minibus Taxi

By Minibus Taxi

As with most of Africa the minibus 'taxi' aka combi / Toyota Hiace is the transport of the people.

Be sure you are clear on where the minibus is going there should be a sign in the front windscreen, you'll be asked for money after a minute or two, with money being passed down the minibus. Try to get the front seat by the driver for more leg room. Prices are fixed by the government. There is a risk of overcharging foreigners — ask the other passengers if you are not sure of the price. Be warned, the reason the Minibus taxis are so cheap is because of the way they fit so many people in! Don't be surprised to see kids sitting on laps four or five high, or to be told to have large amounts of luggage on your lap or wedged in around you. The Minibus taxis tend to be poorly maintained and are not insured.However, very few accidents involving taxis occur.

Intercity travel by taxi will cost no more than LSL50 for a single way ticket, and inner city minibus taxi rides will cost you around LSL2.50 4+1s will cost you LSL20 for the whole car, no matter how many are with you, provided its within a city.

Always check the cost of a taxi before you get in.

By Minibus Taxi

Upon arrival in one of the main towns, you will notice that all the minibuses are hooting their horns, which is to signal that they have space for more passengers. To flag one down, just wave to a taxi as it approaches, the conductor who will be leaning out of the window on the kerbside of the van will usually be shouting the destination of the taxi. If you are not sure it will be going where you want to go, ask before you get on!

In Maseru, there is a place called Setopong on Moeshoeshoe Road, near to the Shoprite by The Circle / Cathedral. This is where all the minibus taxis leave from, and if you want a taxi out of town, you should head here. However, it is a very busy and bustling place, heaving with people. It is easiest to take a 4+1 taxi toward Setopong and ask the driver to drop you off near the taxis that travel to the part of the country you are headed.

By plane
Mission Aviation Fellowship
2232 5699

Offers flights to NGOs operating in Lesotho and also offers charter flights from Moeshoeshoe I airport in Maseru if you want to reach an inaccessible part of the country

By Regular Taxi

Regular taxis you phone, they pick you up and 4+1s — have a yellow stripe down the side and squeeze in 4 passengers. Always check the cost of a taxi before you get in.

Phone +0026662745199 for Khosana at Comfort TaxisPhone +266 631 66000 for Perfect taxis - well run and partly owned by an English Ex-patPhone +266 584 01360 for a local guy who has a good car and is extremely reliable. Call him Tom Taxi and he will know that you are legitimate and that you know the right fares.

By car
By car

It is also possible to hire a car and travel around. The Sun hotels in Maseru both have hire car places, as does the airport. If you hire your car in South Africa probably cheaper than hiring in Lesotho be sure to get permission to take the car across into Lesotho the hire car insurance may not cover Lesotho.

However don't discount travel by public transport, for many it's a good way to get up close to the locals and chatting with them!

There is an ongoing road upgrading programme underway in Lesotho, and you don't need a 4x4 to see the main sights in Lesotho. The road is tarred to Mokhotlong via Leribe and is now tarred all the way to Qacha's Nek going south from Maseru. The road to Katse and the road to Thaba Tseka are tarred, and the road to Semonkong is as of April 2014 tarred for all but the last 15km. In the towns some side roads are unsealed but you can bump along in a saloon easily enough — If heading off in to the mountains on unsealed roads eg to the Kao diamond mine then a 4x4 is a must. The same goes for going up or down the Sani pass.

Be aware that although many roads are now tarred, they are still steep and slow going. Keep this in mind if visiting in a small car with 3 or more passengers, it will be very slow going up some of the hills, in first gear a lot of the time.

When driving it's not advisable to stop at junctions or traffic lights at night if there is no traffic.