The most common means of transport in Lesotho are taxis (4+1), there are buses also, but most of them travel long distances. On short distances especially within Maseru and the camp towns, as well as in villages there are 4+1's - mini buses and 4+1's are most common.A 4+1 in Lesotho is a taxi that carries 4 passengers and 1 driver. A ride in a 4+1 costs a flat rate, typically an amount between M6 and M8 (about $0.40) which is usually paid at end of the journey. 4+1's will only take passengers short distances, typically no farther than 10 km.

How to get a 4+1 in Lesotho

  • Hail one along the road.
  • Stand in line at a taxi rank.

You can identify a 4+1 by the following:

  • A yellow line on the sides and a yellow square on the hood
  • A yellow roof light writen "Taxi".
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Hailing a 4+1

Stand on the side of the road that has traffic going in the direction you're headed. Find an ideal spot. Street corners, bus stop signs, and gas stations are among the best places to hail a 4+1.

Step off the sidewalk and into the street a bit but not beyond the yellow line on the road. This makes it easier for drivers to notice you from the rest of the sidewalk traffic.

Stretch your arm out at a 90 degree angle from your body and move your hand (not the whole arm) up and down. You can also whistle. Once the taxi stops, get in and pay M6-8. Tell the taxi driver the name of the place, not an address. You are allowed to make multiple stops when you hail a 4+1, e.g. stopping to buy food or pick up a friend before arriving at your final destination. It's a courtesy to let the driver know all the stops you'd like to make at the beginning of your ride.

Remember 1 It's against the law for more than 4 passengers to ride in a 4+1.

Remember 2 4+1's do not have credit card readers, 4+1 drivers accept CASH ONLY.

Remember 3 There is no Uber in Lesotho.

In Sesotho, distance is estimated. People may at times stop their work and take a visitor where she/he is going or take her/him half way to show her/him the way. When people are not sure about a place, they will direct the visitor to someone who knows the place to direct him/her. Though villages are named, they do not have name posts. There are no streets, except in new villages, and towns like Maseru. Sometimes landmarks are used to direct people to places.