Lesotho

Learn about Lesotho, the country with the highest low point in the world! Discover more fun facts below to enjoy with the kids, together with our Lesotho flag and other printables.

A Little Geography

  • The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous country entirely surrounded by South Africa.
  • The people of Lesotho are known as Basotho.
  • Known as the kingdom in the sky, Lesotho has the highest low point of any country at over 1,000 metres.
  • At 192m, Maletsunyane Falls is the highest waterfall in Southern Africa. The village of Semonkong, which means 'the place of smoke', is named after the mist.

Lesotho on map of Africa
Lesotho on map of Africa. Printable version available.

A Little History

  • The area where Lesotho is today was first occupied by the Khoisan, who were hunters and gatherers during the stone age.
  • In the 16th century, the Sotho people moved into the valley of the Caledon River. The Sotho were agriculturalists and eventually, their population overtook that of the Khoisan.
  • In 1822 King Moshoeshoe I united the land under one rule for the first time. King Moshoeshoe's resistance efforts against colonialism from the Dutch and British continued over many decades and he never suffered a major military defeat, but the British took over in 1795.
  • Lesotho gained independence in 1966.

And Some Interesting Facts

  • Today's tourists can find footprints from dinosaurs such as the small Lesothosaurus and rock art left by ancient San bushmen.
  • The Afri-Ski Resort in the Maluti Mountains attracts winter sports enthusiasts from Johannesburg.
  • Erosion due to farming in hilly grazing land has hurt agriculture and has left the country with very few trees.
  • Basotho are proud of their colourful patterned blankets, made to replace animal skins, which visitors can buy as souvenirs of Basotho tribal culture.
  • On the 11th March each year, a national holiday called Moshoeshoe Day is celebrated to commemorate the day of Moshoeshoe’s death.

Kingdom of Lesotho


The Flag of Lesotho

Lesotho flag

The flag of Lesotho has blue, white and green horizontal stripes and a Mokorotlo (a back Basotho hat). This design was introduced in 2006 on the 40th anniversary of Lesotho’s independence and was intended to represent the country’s peaceful nature.


Flags and Other Printables

A Day In Lesotho Diary

A Day In Lesotho Diary

A day in Lesotho might be very different from a day in your own life. Can you research what it might be like and write a diary entry on this worksheet?

Climate Of Lesotho Worksheet

Climate Of Lesotho Worksheet

Here's a climate worksheet with a difference! Can the kids find out about the climate of Lesotho, then write today's forecast in the phone app template?

Culture In Lesotho

Culture In Lesotho Worksheet

This fun 'Culture in Lesotho' worksheet asks the kids to find out about the traditional costume, arts, sports and pastimes and holidays/festivals of Lesotho.

Food From Lesotho Worksheet

Food From Lesotho Worksheet

Food from Lesotho is a combination of African traditions and British influence. Find out some more and write about it here, and draw a typical meal on the plate template.

Lesotho Booklet

Lesotho Booklet

The unusual flag of Lesotho is on the front of this handy booklet (folding instructions here). 

Lesotho Bookmarks

Lesotho Bookmarks

These Lesotho bookmarks might be handy to give out in class, perhaps as a little prize for a geography quiz?

Lesotho Coat Of Arms Worksheet

Lesotho Coat Of Arms Worksheet

Lesotho has an interesting coat of arms, but what do all the different parts mean? And if you could design your own coat of arms, what would you draw? Choose Worksheet 1 to just write about the coat of arms, or Worksheet 2 if you'd like to try and design your own, too...

Lesotho Compare And Contrast Worksheet

Lesotho Compare And Contrast Worksheet

Use this worksheet to compare your own life with a child growing up in Lesotho. Do some research into the food a child might eat in Lesotho, the games they might play, their education and anything else you can think of...

Lesotho Fact Worksheet

Lesotho Fact Worksheet

This fact-finding worksheet will help your children find out some information about Lesotho, and it's a useful way to start your studies.

Lesotho Facts Poster

Lesotho Facts Poster

Our country facts posters are great for displaying in the classroom, and don't use too much ink to print! This one is for Lesotho.

Lesotho Factsheet

Lesotho Factsheet

This one-page factsheet is a quick way to learn some useful information about Lesotho! It's also great for project books and displays. 

Lesotho Flag Jigsaw

Lesotho Flag Jigsaw

Make your own jigsaw out of the unusual flag of Lesotho with this printable (instructions and cutting guides can be found here). 

Lesotho Location Worksheet

Lesotho Location Worksheet

Help children learn where Lesotho is situated within the African continent with these location map worksheets.

Lesotho On Map Of Africa

Lesotho On Map Of Africa

Here's a printable outline map of Africa with Lesotho's position and capital city clearly marked.

Lesotho Picture Gallery

Lesotho Picture Gallery

There's space to draw 5 pictures in the Lesotho Picture Gallery printable. Great for classroom displays!

Lesotho Postcard 1

Imagine you've gone on a trip to Lesotho - can you write a postcard to a friend back home telling them all about it? Simply cut out the postcard, fold in half and stick together, then write all about the sights, sounds and activities...

Lesotho Postcard 2

Lesotho Postcard 2

This fun postcard activity might require a little research from the kids. Can they imagine they are staying in Lesotho, and write a postcard back home? They can draw a picture too...

Lesotho Poster 1

Lesotho Poster 1

Here's a poster of a scene in Lesotho to print and display. For best results print using the borderless settings on your printer.

Lesotho Poster 2

Lesotho Poster 2

Here's a fun poster to print featuring the flag of Lesotho within the shape of the country, complete with black mokorotlo (a Basotho hat)!

Lesotho Story Paper

Lesotho Story Paper

Use this story paper to write down some facts about Lesotho, or use the image to spark off an imaginative story...

Lesotho Study Pack

Lesotho Study Pack

Choose from lots of different activities all about Lesotho in our 25-page study pack. It's aimed at kids aged 7-11 but there's plenty for a wider age gap, too...

Lesotho Tourist Leaflet

Lesotho Tourist Leaflet

Use this 3-fold tourist leaflet to try to persuade people to visit the country of Lesotho. Remember to include some interesting information and use persuasive writing techniques...

Lesotho Word Search

Lesotho Word Search

There are a few longer words hidden in our Lesotho word search grid, but they might still be tricky to find! If you need a little help, we've included the solution below...

Lesotho Worksheet

Lesotho Worksheet

Bring everything you've learned about Lesotho together with this fun fact worksheet.

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