What to visit in Lesotho Africa

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POPULAR DESTINATIONS
TSIKOANE VILLAGE DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS
This set of footprints is a few kilometres south of Leribe at Tsikoane village. Immediately after the Tsikoane Primary School, take the small dirt road to the right towards some rocky outcrops. Follow it up to the church. Children will vie to lead you the 1km slog up the mountainside to the minwane, in a series of caves, and a guide can be helpful here. The prints are clearly visible on the rock ceiling.



Leribe, Lesotho
UPPER QUTHING
On the hill above Lower Quthing, overlooking the Senqu (Orange) River gorge, this former colonial administrative centre has good views and gently dilapidated buildings. Walk or catch a shared taxi up from Lower Quthing to escape the hustle and bustle and have a quiet stroll.



Quthing, Lesotho
KATSE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Katse Botanical Garden was originally established to protect the spiral aloes displaced from the dam’s construction. It has flourished to include gravel, hillside trails passing via a rock garden, indigenous flowers, a medicinal section and a dam viewpoint. A plant-propagation project takes place in the greenhouse.

Thaba-bosiu, Lesotho
MORIJA ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL
This highlight of Lesotho’s cultural calendar continues to grow in prestige; an increasing number of attendees make the trip from South Africa each year. The five-day event, held annually in late September or early October, showcases the diversity of Sotho culture through dance, electronic and jazz music, poetry and theatre.



Morija, Lesotho
SETSOTO DESIGN
Next to a primary school near the Blue Mountain Inn, you can see the painstaking tapestry-making process at Setsoto Design. The project employs more than 60 local women who spin, dye and weave a beautiful selection of tapestries (M250 to M6500) and other crafts. You can even submit your own design to be turned into a tapestry. Credit cards accepted.

Teyateyaneng, Lesotho
CULTURAL VILLAGE
Revamped in 2016, the well-maintained cultural village is a highly worthwhile stop. Excellent guided tours of the complex explain traditional Basotho culture and history, and end with a visit to a statue of the much-revered Moshoeshoe I. There’s a restaurant (mains M60 to M160) with a wraparound veranda – a great place for an afternoon drink.

Thaba-bosiu, Lesotho
SANI TOP
Sani Top sits atop the steep Sani Pass, the famous road into Lesotho through the Drakensberg range in KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa’s highest mountain pass, it offers stupendous views on clear days and unlimited hiking possibilities.



Mokhotlong, Lesotho
VILLAGE OF THETSANE
Just south of Maseru is the village of Thetsane, where a cluster of factories produce clothing like jeans and tee-shirts for American chain stores. While downtown Maseru has a slow, easy-going pace, Thetsane’s industrial atmosphere creates a chaotic hustle and bustle.

Maseru, Lesotho
MOKOROTLO
One of the most monumental buildings in the country stands near central Maseru. Called the Mokorotlo, the site is a traditional hut redesigned in a more modern and sophisticated style. The revamped hut houses a museum where visitors can learn more about the nation’s history, culture and traditions.



Maseru, Lesotho
NORTHWESTERN LESOTHO
The lowlands of northwestern Lesotho comprise a number of busy little commercial towns. Only the craftwork-selling towns of Teyateyaneng and Leribe (Hlotse) draw travellers, along with the stunning Ts’ehlanyane National Park, but the area gives way to the majestic northeastern highlands and features a few major border crossings.


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