Explore tourist attractions in Maseru and Mafeteng

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This week newsline365.wordpress.com is taking you to different places and objects of interest in Maseru and Mafeteng districts in Lesotho.

While we encourage you to be indoors to enjoy the drizzling rains in Lesotho today please enjoy this article and explore the places and objects featured here some other days. After all Lesotho still has more than 90 summer days that the mountain kingdom offers for you to explore these beautiful country.

Our first place is a sixteen kilometers’ long Qeme plateau, on the south west of Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. On top of this flat plateau, just above Ha Thaabe village, the Boer commando in 1868 on the 21st February, wrote on the rock that God has helped them conquer Lesotho.

Qeme Plateau taken from Likatola Horseriding and Adventure
Qeme Plateau taken from Likatola Horseriding and Adventure

Around the same time the then Bloemfontein based newspaper The Friend, reported of an auction of plots on the land that is now known as Likotsi, Ha Tsolo and Thetsane.

Up the plateau there are few interesting rocks and some natural water springs flowing down to the villages of Ha Teko and Matukeng where the famous Mountain Fresh Still Water is packed.

At Ha Teko, there are accessible bush men paintings. Ha Teko village is situated on the banks of Phuthiatsana River, where there is fish to catch free of charge.

These are bushmen paintings at Ha Teko. They are vey endangered! As it can be seen herdboys have tried art as well.
These are bushmen paintings at Ha Teko. They are vey endangered! As it can be seen herdboys have tried art as well.

The village, in partnership with Likatola Horseriding and Adventure, run a horse riding project. At Likatola Horseriding and Adventure you can find tour guides to take you to all the attractions.

Visitors to enjoy horse riding at Likatola Horseriding and Adventure
Visitors to enjoy horse riding at Likatola Horseriding and Adventure

On the northern side at the bottom of the plateau there is Ha Morakane village. The village is where King Moshoesho I placed one of his men Chief Ramorakane to overlook the Free State places like Hobhouse for any indication of enemy attacks. From the remains of the kraals of Chief Ramorakane one can see the top of Thaba Bosiu. This explains that Ramorakane was well placed for King Moshoesho I to see signals for something suspicioius.

In Mafeteng on the south of Lesotho, about 100 kilometers from Maseru, newsline 365.wordpress.com visited a grave yard of the districts. Here we found that a history of deaths of the districts’ residents in 1880 to 1881 and in the 2000s.WP_20141026_003

The 1880 and 1881 were of white soldiers who fought at the “Basotu” War that left about 40 men dead. The memorial does not have any indication of Basotho men.

 

On the same yard, there is newly erected memorial of Mafeteng residents who died in the Famo music onflicts in Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. Famo related conflicts, as recorded in the memorial left 97 people dead.

Memorial of Mafeteng residents who died in Famo related conflicts.
Memorial of Mafeteng residents who died in Famo related conflicts.
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