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Where Is Lesotho and What
Is It Known For?


The Maletsunyane Falls in the central Lesotho highlands. Maletsunyane Falls is the highest waterfall in Southern Africa with a single drop of 192 metres.

Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked state surrounded by the Republic of South Arica. The name "Lesotho" translates roughly into "the land of the people who speak Sesotho". Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size with a population of approximately 2,067,000. Its capital and largest city is Maseru.

It is a mountainous country lying within the Drakensberg mountain range. Farming and herding are the main activities. The economy depends heavily on South Africa for transport links and employment. A mayor hydroelectric plant completed in 1998 allows the sale of water to South Africa. Exports include manufactured goods (mainly clothing and road vehicles), food, live animals, wool and mohair. About 40 percent of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

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