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Kitchen Connection Goes to: Lesotho!

Kitchen Connection Goes to: Lesotho!


in Lesotho street village near mountain

By lkpro


Official Name: Kingdom of Lesotho

Capital: Maseru

Official Language(s): English,Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho

National Dish(es): Maize Porridge


Recently harvested orange pumpkins in a random pile

By David Johnson


Fun Facts: Cow in Lesotho is valued above money. 

Lesotho Landscape

By demerzel21


"Insider Foodage"

*Country:  Lesotho

*Continent:  Africa

*Capital: Maseru

*Largest City (ies):   Maseru

*Primary Language(s):   English,Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho

*%Urban to Rural:  28.2%

*Population: 1,962,461

*Food expenditure for one week:  $216.23

*Caloric intake available daily per person:  2,470%

*Alcohol consumption per capita:  5 liters

*Obese population: 16.6%

*Big Mac Price:  $3.24

*Meat consumption per person per year: 18.3 kg

*Prevalence of Hunger:  24.1

*Culture:  Daily life and social customs

Urban life is a blend of traditional and Western culture. In Maseru there are shops and markets that offer regional crafts and goods, as well as modern and Western hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Many buildings, however, were burned or damaged by looting following the general election of 1998. The city also contains urban villages where tourists can experience traditional life in Lesotho.

Village life centres largely on the fields, the chief’s court, the kraals, the school, the church, and the initiation lodge. Circumcision forms an integral part of the ritualized initiation ceremonies that train boys to take their place as full members of the family, clan, and nation—the three centres of social cohesion. Many young boys spend a large part of their lives as herdsmen, while women and young girls do much of the hard work in the fields. Because of the sharp variations in climate, both men and women wear blankets, often multicoloured, which they use as cloaks. Men and women also wear the typical Sotho hat, which is woven from reeds into conical shapes and has a decorative topknot.

Village life is dominated by basic agricultural tasks, with heavy responsibilities falling on women. Craftwork is still practiced in the villages and includes pottery, grass weaving (notably of traditional Sotho hats), and the painting of elaborate decorations on the walls of houses. Herders play a traditional musical instrument called the lesiba, a stringed and wind instrument consisting of a string and feather on which the musician blows. Dances such as the “gum boot dance” demonstrate the influence of migrant labour on traditional forms of cultural expression. The more traditional mohobelo is a men’s stomping dance that consists of synchronized movements and high kicks. Women perform their own dance by kneeling in a line and beating the ground with their knees.


*National Dish (es):  Maize Porridge

*National Drink(s):  motoho

*Major Holidays/Special Holiday Foods: 

*Fun foodie facts:  To avoid the cost of importing food from the neighboring South Africa, most families in Lesotho raise their own wheat, corn, cabbage, pumpkins, and peas etc.


*Local produce:  

*Main religions: Christianity is the dominant religion. The Catholic Church estimates that approximately 90 percent of the population is Christian of whom 65 percent isRoman Catholic and 25 percent is Lesotho Evangelical, Anglican, and other Christian denominations.

*Native species: ven-toed ungulates in Lesotho

Black wildebeest




Common rhebok

Mountain reedbuck

Common hartebeest

Grey duiker

Blue duiker

Carnivores in Lesotho

Wild cat

Striped polecat

Blotched genet

Speckle-throated otter

African lion



African clawless otter

Black-backed jackal

African caracal

Bats in Lesotho

Straw-coloured fruit bat

Long-tailed house bat

De winton's long-eared bat

Egyptian slit-faced bat

Geoffroy's horseshoe bat

Darling's horseshoe bat

African yellow bat



Hyraxes in Lesotho

Rock dassie

Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Lesotho

Cape hare

Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Lesotho

Burchell's zebra

Primates in Lesotho
Rodents in Lesotho

Highveld gerbil

African mole rat

Chestnut climbing mouse

South african ground squirrel

Small-eared dormouse

Cape porcupine

Southern multimammate mouse

Natal multimammate mouse

Free state pygmy mouse

White-tailed mouse

Vlei rat

Sloggett's vlei rat

Four-striped grass mouse

Namaqua rock rat


*SDGs that are especially prevalent in the respective country: 1,2, 5,6,8


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