Lesotho borders status: CLOSED.
This is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and entry is only allowed for migrant workers, essential services and people travelling for work with a valid permit.
We’ll be updating this page regularly as information relating to COVID-19 comes to hand, so please continue to check in here.
Afriski Resort status: OPEN
At Afriski, we are aware of the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and because the safety of our visitors, employees, contractors and suppliers is of crucial importance, we are acting as responsible citizens.
The resort is open and operating in accordance with government regulations for Covid-19, social distancing enabled.
Afriski’s operational model has been implemented under the advice of various tourism organisations and following the lead of international ski resorts.
The safety of our staff and guests will remain our priority, to ultimately control the spread of coronavirus in Lesotho and the originating countries of our guests. It is therefore important that the correct PPE, chemicals and consumable stock is purchased.
Please research all Covid regulations before travel as these are amended frequently and we cannot be held liable for any changes made.
In view of the uncertainty that the middle of the year brings with it, we have amended our booking policy around new bookings. A 10% non – refundable deposit will secure your mountain snow experience this winter with the balance and full payment only due 30 days prior to arrival.
Should travel restrictions cause borders to be closed due to covid, or you contract covid, we will offer a full refund of any money paid, bar the 10% booking deposit. We don’t believe that we can be more fair than that.
Our main priority has always been to offer you a memorable ski experience and as always will make every effort to fulfil that promise but we have to ask you to respect and support our no refund/deferment policy applicable to all bookings made prior to the lockdown of March 2020.
Option 1: Transfer your existing booking to another family or friend.
Option 2: Defer your booking to a later date during winter 2021 at the 2020 rates. This option is valid until 30 April 2021.
Option 3: If you are considering postponing an existing booking to 2022, an option to secure your booking at the 2020 rate is offered, provided;
Space this winter will be limited and we ask that you confirm your decision at your earliest convenience so that we can prioritise your choice.
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our first priority. The following health and safety protocols are in place to ensure that high hygiene and safety standards are maintained:
Strict measures are put in place by the Afriski to welcome our guests, each individual will be treated in a friendly and respectful manner.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us and thank you for working with us to ensure everyone remains healthy and safe.
COVID has thrown us all a curveball that we did not expect would circle for this long. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living with this pandemic for 12 months already and that the next winter season is upon us.
Delivering our winter experience is no small feat and requires extensive preparation and capital. Last year we worked tirelessly to have the resort ready to open for winter and we have managed to remain open throughout this time. We had one of our best years ever in terms of snowmaking and while our local Basotho guests were able to enjoy it, we sat in wait for the borders to open to welcome our South African guests, unfortunately, this did not happen.
We however look forward positively and believe that at some stage life must be allowed to go on. Though it is difficult to make sense of the situation we find ourselves in, it is necessary to have hope when looking forward to tomorrow.
In this time of uncertainty and change, we want to reassure you that our management team is working diligently to ensure that we are able to welcome you at Afriski with all Covid-19 protocols implemented.
Afriski appreciates your unconditional support and the fact that you choose our resort as your preferred holiday destination.
Lesotho started the battle well, maintaining a 0 positive status, one of two countries to escape the virus, until 9th May, 2020 when the first case was recorded.
A country with a population of just over 2 million, many as migrant workers to South Africa, crossed the border illegally to avoid tests during the December festive season. The rise in cases to 4,137 in December 2020, reported after workers returned from South Africa for Christmas, was devastating.
At Afriski, we remained fairly isolated with regular guests from the region, having no contact with others from outside the borders.
In March 2021, the first vaccine batch was received in Lesotho.
What is the Lesotho Government doing?
Sharing information with WHO and other countries
You can view the latest statistics here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/lesotho/
COVID-19 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
As with any protocol the measure of success in implementing a process or procedure under a protocol will be determined by the level of compliance and adherence to the relevant processes and procedures prescribed by the relevant protocol. Whilst Afriski will ensure full compliance by its management, employees, and contractors with the Infectious Disease: Health and Safety Protocol, Afriski will not accept any liability in the event of any guest contracting an infectious disease (including COVID-19) as a direct or indirect result of complying or adhering to Afriski’s Infectious Diseases: Health and Safety Protocol.