Lesotho Overflight Permit Regulation and Procedures

If you're an operator of a business jet or a commercial airline with plans to flyover Lesotho airspace, obtaining a Lesotho Overflight Permit from the Lesotho Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is mandatory. As a flight dispatcher, it's important to have a good understanding of the requirements for obtaining this permit, including the fact that the issuing of an overflight permit confirms that there is no political or security objection to your airline, aircraft, or country of origin/destination and that there are no outstanding navigation fees due to the ATC authority.

  1. What are CAA's working hours, including whether they are open on weekends?
  2. Which aircraft documents must be submitted with the overflight request?
  3. Are there any fees charged by the CAA for processing the permit?
  4. What is the official validity period of the overflight permit, as determined by the CAA?
  5. How can the Lesotho air navigation bill be obtained, either through IATA or a local agent?
Lesotho Overflight Permits are authorizations issued by the Lesotho Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) that allow an aircraft to fly over Lesotho's airspace. If a flight is departing from one country and landing in another country and needs to fly over Lesotho, an overflight permit is required. The permit grants the aircraft permission to enter and fly through Lesotho's airspace without landing or stopping within the country. To obtain an overflight permit for Lesotho, the aircraft operator or its representative must submit an application to the LCAA at least 72 hours before the intended flight. The application must include details about the aircraft, the flight route, and other relevant information. The LCAA will review the application and may request additional information or documents before issuing the permit.

It's always recommended that aircraft operators and their representatives consult with experienced aviation professionals or aviation service providers to obtain the necessary permits and comply with all applicable regulations and requirements.

Lesotho Civil Aviation Authority Working Hours :

  • Lesotho Civil Aviation Authority working hours ( 0600Z ) till ( 1400Z ).
  • Weekend In Lesotho ( Saturday and Sunday )

What Details Do I Need To Provide For Obtaining A Lesotho Overflight Permit :

  • Complete Flight Schedule
  • Entry Point and Exit Point
  • Lead Passenger Details ( Only for Passenger Flight )
  • Consignee and Consigner Details (Only for Cargo Flights)

Is There Any Offical Lesotho Overflight Permit Processing Fees :

  • According To Lesotho Civil Aviation
Officially there is "NO CAA Processing Fees" applied for issuance of Lesotho Overflight Permits.

Maximum Validity Duration for Lesotho Overflight Permit :

  • Lesotho overflight permit is valid for +72 hours (from their initial requested schedule).

Who Handles the Payment of the Air Navigation Bill for Overflights in Lesotho :

  • Lesotho CAA will issue air navigation bill directly to Airline/Operator.

Lesotho Sample Overflight Permits :

The issued overflight permit number must be inserted in Item 18 of your submiting Flight Plan.

  • Sample Permit Format
Lesotho Overflight Permit : To Be Advise

How Many Flight Information Regions Exist in Lesotho Airspace :

  • Airspace of Lesotho is currently having one flight information region (FIR).
  • Lesotho FIR ICAO Code is " FAJA "

Who Will Issue Lesotho Overflight Permits :

  • Lesotho Civil Aviation Authority
  • Postal Address : Department of Civil Aviation PO Box 629 0100 Maseru, Lesotho.

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  • Business Jets and Airliners Services
  • Landing Permits
  • Airport Parking Slot Arrangement

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Travel Information :

  • Tse’hlanyane National Park
This National Park is as underrated as it is underused. This is the largest park in Lesotho and no other place is about as far away from it all as Ts’ehlanyane. This Lesotho Northern Park protects a beautiful high-altitude, 5600-hectare patch of rugged wilderness, including one of Lesotho’s only stands of indigenous forest with a number of rare undergrowth plants that are unique to this woodland habitat. Visit Maliba Lodge located within the Ts’ehlanyane National park to explore one of Lesothos best kept secrets!
  • Katse Dam and Botanical Gardens
Any trip to Lesotho is highlighted by a visit to Katse Dam. This is the centrepiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project which transfers the water of the Lesotho Highlands via an incredible conduit of dams and tunnels through the mountains, eventually dispelling out onto the plains of South Africa’s Free State Province. It was touted as the biggest engineering project in the southern hemisphere in the 1990’s when it was under construction, and the sight of the massive dam wall (highest in Africa) and the deep lake it has created in the mountains is well worth beholding!! Activities at Katse can include any of the following: tour of the dam wall, a boat trip on Katse Dam, a village visit into a village, a wander around Katse Botanical gardens or a couples of hours of horse riding.
  • Sani Pass and the Highest pub in Africa
Amazingly popular with locals and tourists alike, The Sani Pass is a remarkable area for driving, hiking or mountain biking while enjoying sprawling views of the Drakensburg Mountains. This spectacular 4×4 track twists and snakes its way through the “Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park” up into the impenetrable rocky cliffs of Lesotho’s Roof of Africa circuit that links the spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg with the attractions of Northern Lesotho. Before the 1950’s, it was a trail for pack animals to carry goods through to the isolated town of Mokhotlong in Eastern Lesotho. Nowadays, the pass is easily traversable by 4×4 vehicles, although the odd donkey and horse can still be seen plodding slowly up the steep route. At Sani Top is where you’ll find the Lesotho border post and Sani Top Chalets where it has become customary to not only enjoy a few well earned drinks but have your photo taken at Africa’s highest pub.
  • Maletsunyane / Semonkong Falls
Semonkong in itself is a popular attraction, as it is home to the Semonkong Falls, also known as the Maletsunyane Falls, the highest single drop in southern Africa and offers some spectacular unspoilt scenery. This picturesque waterfall is easily accessible from Semonkong by a five-kilometre walk along the Maletsunyane River, where you will have to opportunity of witnessing the river cascade 204meters into a tranquil swimmable pool below. While truly spectacular in summer when the water flow is highest, in winter the water freezes, spraying the rocks with ice and forming a stunning ice cage over the pool. Semonkong Lodge offers adventure seekers the opportunity to abseil the falls and therefore conquer the world’s highest abseil at 204m (Guinness Book of Records).
  • Thaba-Bosiu
A national Monument, Thaba-Bosiu or ”mountain of the night” was the mountain stronghold of “Moshoeshoe the Great” and is considered the birthplace of the Basotho nation. It is by far one of the most important historical sites in Lesotho and invokes a sense of identity for the proud nation Basotho. The name mountain of the night echoed the local belief that the mountain (though not looking particularly high by day) grows by night into an impossibly tall, unconquerable mountain fortress. This explanation may be more credible than it sounds. Thaba Bosiu was attacked many times during Moshoeshoe’s reign, but never conquered. Good views for the surrounding countryside include those of the Qiloane pinnacle (the inspiration for the Basotho hat “Mokorotlo”), along with the remains of fortifications, Moshoeshoe’s grave, and parts of the original settlement.
  • Kome Cave Dwellings
Away from anyone’s view, including that of warring tribes and the primeval cannibals that came to maraud Lesotho due to hunger in the early 19th century, is a remarkable village where cave dwellings have been carved and built under towering sandstone rocks. Almost two centuries later, these caves are still home to descendants of the original inhabitants (Basia and Bataung clans). There are also faded san paintings in the cave which indicates that the san people also occupied the cave. The area used to be called ‘Liboping’ (the place of ovens) as the huts are shaped more like traditional Sotho kilns, built with rock and plastered with a mixture of mud soil and cow dung. The site is now a National Heritage Site where visitors can learn about the rich history and culture of the people.
  • Dinosaur Footprints
Step back in time as you follow the dinosaur footprints in Lesotho. This small country has the world’s largest known sites of dinosaur footprints, which makes Lesotho a favourite place for both archaeologists and palaeontologists. Many of the earliest known dinosaur fossil discoveries were made by the missionaries’ explorations of the area, including a wealth of bones, trees, plants and shells from pre-historic times. The country even has a dinosaur named after it – the “Leosthosaurus” which was a 1 metre long herbivorous lizard, a very primitive ornithopod from the late Triassic and early Jurassic period 200 – 208 million years ago. There are many dinosaur footprint locations and some can be found at Morija, Subeng Stream (between Leribe and Butha-Buthe) and Tsikoane close to Leribe, Moyeni, Matsient and Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing District at Masitise /Ellenberger’s Cave House.
  • Rock Art
Lesotho has hundreds of fine examples of Bushman Rock Art. Throughout the region, the San people painted the rocks until the late 19th century but are now extinct in the area. The many natural cliff overhangs and huge rock mountains in Lesotho offered perfect sheltering places for early man and it is on these walls that the paintings are still found today. Many of the pictures have important historical information on them depicting traditions, hunting methods, etc Ha Baroana (East of Maseru) – “the home of the Bushmen”. Here the San have left us a magnificent gallery of paintings of animals such as leopard, lion and eland, as well as blue crane and guinea fowl. In the Butha Buthe area (North West) there is the Liphofung Cultural Centre, where visitors can be guided through an educational centre at one of the best rock art sites available.
  • Major Bell’s Tower and fort
Major Bells Tower is situated in the town of Hlotse in the Leribe district. This is a fortress which was used during the Gun Wars of 1880-81. The fortifications of Major Bell’s Tower were built by the British at the end of the 1870s and were besieged, but not captured, during the Gun War of 1880 — 81. The Tower is still largely intact. Visitors can see an interesting primitive statue of a European in front of a nearby local administration office. This is a must-see attraction for tourists interested in the history of Southern Africa and the various wars.
  • Sehlabathebe National Park
The Sehlabathebe National Park in the south eastern region of Lesotho, although fairly inaccessible (a 4 wheel drive vehicle is required) is definitely well worth the effort. This was the first designated National park in Lesotho. This hidden gem is full of wonderful rock formations unique to this area, massive rock overhangs, small lakes, rock art, rock arches and a beautiful and unique ecosystem of plants, birds and animals. The Prime Minister of Lesotho at the time, Chief Leabua Jonathan, loved trout fishing and, since the dams and rivers are a fisherman’s paradise, this may explain the park’s existence.

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