Maseru is the capital of Lesotho as well as its largest city. It is situated on the north western border with South Africa. This positioning facilitates access both to the major harbour of Durban, as well as the academic and judicial centres of Bloemfontein. Johannesburg, South Africa business and industrial hub, is only an hour's flight away.
Maseru has achieved steady and impressive growth since Lesotho gained independence in 1966. At the time of the 2006 census, the Maseru Municipality had a population of 227 880. Important manufacturing activities include textiles and clothing, and electronic assembly.
Most of the banks, multi-storeyed office blocks, ministerial complexes and the main post office are situated along the Kingsway Street business centre. Maseru also has international hotels and restaurants; casinos and variety of places of entertainment; as well as chain stores, supermarkets and boutiques.
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Activities from Maseru
MASERU - TY - KOME: 94km
Travel along the Berea Plateau, venue of the Moshoeshoe I versus Cathcart battle of 1852. View Prophet Matita's grave at Bethania. Cross the Seqonoka River and find Matooane's Fortress. Senyotong, on the right hand side (presently Ha Souru). After a stop at Teya - Teyaneng to see gallery. Hatooa-Mose-Mosali, Jelang Basali, Setsoto Design and Ellelloang Basali Handicrafts. Join the route to Ha Matjotjo - the famous cannibals' hideout of Malimong can be located near Ha Matjotjo.
Bokhopo Mountain can be viewed, where a band of cannibals under Rakotsoane waylaid people in the 19th century. Taking a turn towards Pulane, is the impressive and somewhat mysterious village of Kome. It's situated under a rock overhang, and was built around 1842. This unusual village is definitely worth a visit.
MASERU - MATSIENG - MORIJA: 44km
This tour passes through Thota-ea-Moli, which is the former seat of Traditional Basotho Parliament at Fika le Mohala. Moshoeshoe I International Airport is also in this area. Then visit Matsieng, the King's country home and Chief Letsie's old village, with all its relics, followed by a walk along the slopes to follow dinosaur tracks. Then on to Morija, which is a largely unaltered village - the oldest in Lesotho. The village was built in 1843.
MASERU - SEMONKONG: 113km
This tour passes through the first and second ranges of the Maluti where their unforgettable outlook gave Lesotho its famous tag "The Mountain Kingdom". Herdboys' shelters within the wilderness can be seen by the wayside. The climax of this tour is the inspiring 'Maletsunyane Waterfalls, which is one of the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 192m.
MASERU - MORIJA - MALEALEA: 80km
The tour passes through the historically important Thota-ea-Moli (Fika-le-Mohala) and Moshoeshoe I International Airport, Morija and Ecumenical Centre (Mophato oa Morija).
Take the left fork from the main road at Motsekuoa, then turn right at Ha Makhakhe towords the Gate of Paradise Pass. Malealea Lodge offers pony rides and hikes to the nearest Bots'oela Falls, rock pools and Bushmen Rock Paintings in the Pitseng River gorge.
MASERU - MOLIMO NTHUSE - MOHALE DAM: 83km
Scenic, Pony Trekking
This tour takes you beyond the first range of Maluti and on to the foot of Thaba-Putsoa (Blue Mountain Range). The panoramic views of the majestic Blue Mountain is an unforgettable sight, with undulating mountains in the green, grassy slopes and gorges. Arrangements can be made at the Basotho Pony Project for an exciting pony trekking excursion. Driving further on, one reaches the Mohale Dam, which was constructed on Senqu River.