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Lesotho: Africa's "Kingdom in the Sky"


Lesotho: Africa’s “Kingdom in the Sky” Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features northwest Lesotho in South Africa.

According to ESA, Lesotho is the only nation in the world that lies completely above 1,000 m in elevation. The country is famous for its tall mountains and narrow valleys, and is known as Africa’s “Kingdom in the Sky.”

Out of a population of around two million people, about 80 percent live in rural areas. More than 75 percent of these people are engaged in agriculture, including rainfed cereal production and animal grazing. 

ESA reports that the country’s agricultural system faces a growing number of issues, with climate-related vulnerabilities such as drought, floods and extreme temperatures occurring more frequently.

Diamonds are amongst the minerals found in the mountains. Indeed, Lesotho can truly be called the Kingdom in the Sky. Beautiful, culturally rich, safe, affordable, and easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg, mountainous Lesotho is a vastly underrated travel destination. the Kingdom of Lesotho (Sotho: ‘Muso oa Lesotho) is an enclaved country in southern Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population of around 2 million.

Video Credit: ESA  

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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