Maseru, the enthralling capital of Lesotho, is a city that seamlessly blends the beauty of its natural surroundings with its rich heritage. If it’s going to be your first time here, these are four things to do that you should not miss.
Go on a City Sightseeing Tour
The city boasts a unique blend of modernity and tradition, and a sightseeing tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in its diverse culture. Start your exploration at the stunning Our Lady of Victories Cathedral, a masterpiece of architecture. Not to be missed is the Mokorotlo Building shaped like a traditional Basotho hat and the Resident Commissioner’s House. Consider being based at properties like Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino where you can embark on such adventures, before coming back and trying to win big at the city’s only casino!
Enjoy an Afternoon of Pony Trekking
Amongst the most exciting things to do in Lesotho is to go pony trekking in the afternoons which can be enjoyed during a stay in Maseru. The rugged terrain and breathtaking landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for this escapade. This activity offers the perfect chance to venture off the beaten track to not only soak up the idyllic natural scenery but also experience local culture which will provide fascinating insights.
See Ancient Rock Art at Ha Baroana
Delve into Lesotho’s prehistoric past by visiting Ha Baroana or “Home of the Bushmen”, where you will find ancient rock art which is around 2,000 years old. Located 40 km from Maseru, this site features a sandstone wall spanning a length of about 70 metres; though the art on it has faded over time, you can still make out certain elements. These include hunting scenes, people dancing and animals like antelopes and lions that offer glimpses of a period seemingly frozen in time.
Explore the Ha Kome Cave Dwellings
You can also look to take an excursion to the Ha Kome Cave Dwellings approximately 60 km from Maseru to discover more about the nation’s history and heritage. This living museum was the home of the original Basotho tribe and is known for its mud huts shaped like igloos found under a natural rock overhang that offers protection. You can also interact with friendly locals who still inhabit these cave dwellings and find out more about their traditional way of life in Lesotho.