Maseru - Post Report Question and Answers

What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

I would recommend something with 4 WD, high clearance, and A/C. - Aug 2020

An older SUV, with some clearance for bumpy roads. Toyotas and Nissans seem easy to service. Any Japanese import, really. If you travel a lot, you want a car that is reliable! Nothing too fancy to attract attention or carjacking. Lots of people here have had cars stolen on trips to Johannesburg. - May 2016

If you want to get out to do anything outside of Maseru (and you will), you need a 'beefy' SUV. They drive on the left, so you'll want to buy a left hand drive vehicle. Lots of the cars in Maseru are from the online Japanese auto traders. We had a Nissan X-Trail which had optional 4x4 (and you'll need that) but there were many times I wished we had a larger and stronger engine. It did make it up Sani Pass, but I was nervous. - Aug 2015

If you plan to travel in Lesotho, 4x4 is recommended, as most roads outside the major towns are not paved. - Jun 2010

Bring one with high clearance. Driving on any roads in Lesotho into the 'mountains' requires high clearance to deal with the atrocious pot holed roads. However, if you stay in Maseru or drive in South Africa then any car is fine. - Mar 2009

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