Cheap Flights to Maseru, Lesotho
- Area (total) : 138km² (53 sq mi)
- Area Code : +266
- Currency : Loti (LSL) and South African Rand (ZAR)
- Population (total) : 227,880 (2006)
- Official Language : Sotho (Sesotho) or Southern Sotho
- Time Zone : South African Standard Time (UTC+2)
- Airport : Moshoeshoe I International Airport (MSU)
‘MSU’ serves Maseru the capital city of Lesotho that’s a landlocked country. The airport is located in Mazenod town approximately 20km from the city centre. At the airport visitors can hire vehicles from ‘Avis’ and ‘Europcar’.
Travellers can depart from airports in South Africa with:
‘Qatar’ also touches down at ‘MSU’.
When to Visit Maseru, Lesotho:
Considered as the land of clear skies, Maseru provides 300 sunshine days annually and with much to offer around the country, it can be visited all year round. The most popular months for tourists are summer between October and April. January and February are the hottest (and wettest) with daytime highs in the lowlands of 35°C but in the highlands, more pleasant temperatures of around 25°C.
Reasons to Visit Maseru, Lesotho:
- Established in 1869 the city of Maseru (meaning ‘Place of the Red Earth’) is made up of colonial styled buildings, numerous monuments, historical sites and marvellous landscape vistas. Lesotho is known as the land of the ‘blanket people’ who are often seen riding their ponies and affords visitors fabulous outdoor activities in a breath-taking terrain made up of mountains, plateaus, rivers and waterfalls. The land’s bird life, flora and utter sheer beauty will astound any visitor, be it in summer or during the winter snow.
- Maseru offers over a handful of hotels and Speciality Lodgings with over 20 Inns and B&Bs. The ‘Mpilo Boutique Hotel’ provides an excellent dinner along with service as does ‘Lancer’s Inn’ with their high standard of service. Highly rated are ‘Botleng’ and ‘Tribute’ Guest Houses. Additional hotels include ‘AVANI Lesotho Hotel & Casino’ and ‘Victoria Hotel’. Low budget travellers have ‘Maseru Backpackers’ to stay over in, operated by the ‘Lesotho Anglican Dioceses’.
- There’s a great range of eateries to decide on that include ‘No. 7 Restaurant’, ‘Piri Piri’ for Portuguese and for the best burger in the city, ‘Dougies Kitchen’. ‘Canton’ serves up great Chinese dishes.
Places to Visit Maseru, Lesotho:
- A definite must is ‘Morija Museum & Archives’ located in the large village of Morija within the Maseru district. It’s deemed as Lesotho’s heart of culture and an important historical site relating to architecture, dinosaur footprints, the oldest newspaper and more, besides it beautiful gardens and lush trees.
- View ‘King Moshoeshoe I’s’ ruins on the ‘Thaba Bosiu’ plateau that date back to the 19th century. The plateau looks over the iconic Mount Qiloane.
- ‘Maletsunyane Falls’ has a spectacular drop of 192 metres, the highest in Africa. The falls hold the ‘Guinness World Record’ for the highest commercially-run abseil in the world, at 204 metres.
- Offering plenty of hiking trails with local guides, the ‘Bokong Nature Reserve’ is one of the highest reserves on the continent and comprises the Bokong and Lepaqoa rivers with outstanding vistas over the Lepaqoa Valley from the visitors’ centre that sits on the edge of a 100m high cliff. Catch glimpses of buck, numerous birds and the ‘Ice Rat’. Camping facilities are available.
- Linked to ‘Bokong Nature Reserve with a two-day hike is ‘Ts’ehlanyane National Park’ but also accessible by tarred road. Take in the preserved ‘Chi-chi’ trees and berg bamboo, host to an endangered species of butterfly. Stay over at the ‘Lodge-Madiba’, a sophisticated five-star establishment created from natural resources.
- ‘Sehlabathebe (meaning ‘Shield of the Plateau’) National Park’, Lesotho’s first national park is located near Qacha’s Nek and provides absolute tranquillity along with eye-catching sandstone formations. Visitors can sight small buck, the Bearded Vulture or the Lammergeyer with stunning flowers and orchids in the thousands. Have a rejuvenating swim in rock pools under the waterfall or go on a pony trek or hike, arranged at the lodge and campsite.
- The ‘Masitise Mission’ is part of an olden mission house constructed into a San rock cave by Rev. David F. Ellenberger in 1866. Operating as a small museum it affords a few fine displays of local culture and history. View negative images of dinosaur footprints on the top of the cave and numerous San cave paintings in the Qomoqomong Valley and much more.
- Used by humans since prehistoric times, the ‘Liphofung Cave’ affords visitors San rock art and Stone Age implements. It was also used by ‘King Moshoeshoe the Great’ when visiting this part of his kingdom. The populated Monteng Valley’s people live each day, virtually the same as they did 100 years ago and take much pleasure in showing visitors their customary way of life. Pop into the small visitors centre with displays and purchase a hand-made keepsake, benefiting the community from the surrounding areas. Camping is available including two self-catering huts.
- A magnificent sight is the ‘Katse Dam’ on the Malibamat’so River high in the Maluti Mountains. It’s the highest and one of the largest dams in Africa. Take a worthwhile cruise on the ‘Seinoli’ that accommodates up to 28 passengers, stay overnight in the lodge overlooking the dam, enjoy a delicious lunch during your day trip or book a tour of the wall dam or one of many other tours.
- Experience life in a Basotho village with a one hour walking tour through ‘Khokhoba (Katse) Village or indulge in an hour’s pony ride. Bookings are made through the ‘Orion Hotel’ on +266 633 20831.
- For the best trout in Africa, on your way to ‘Katse Dam’ stop over at ‘Ha Lejone Trout Farm’, a public/private partnership that provides employment for the Basotho people living in Ha Lejone. The farm produces 200 tons of trout annually, mostly exported to South Africa. Take on trout with fishing if visiting during summer.
- The Makhaleng River, a two hour drive from Maseru is sometimes stocked for trout fishing or alternatively the ‘Thaba Tseka’ main dam is specially stocked with trout for fishing where fish have an average mass of 270g. Don’t forget to purchase your license from the ‘Ministry of Agriculture Livestock’ in Maseru including information on where the best concentration of fish is located. For scheduled trout fishing, the season is closed from the 1st of June to 31st August.
- The ‘Tapestry Route’ takes you into the lowlands where you can experience first-hand, at more than five workshops, the art of weaving with raw mohair, refined by hand, carded and spun before being dyed and woven into beautiful colourful rugs and tapestries, many depicting village life. A perfect gift to take home.
- For fitter and more adventurous travellers, and not often seen by tourists, is the ‘Katane Falls’ only accessible on foot or horseback (a four day ride). With a drop of 122m, the falls are located in one of the country’s most remote, picturesque areas. There’s a local hut to be shared overnight with others courageous enough to experience this natural beauty.
- The country has the highest snow ski resort in Africa, ‘Afri Ski’ that affords a range of fun winter sports for young and old. Choose from simple backpacking accommodation to high-end log cabins.
Getting Around Maseru:
These connect main cities but don’t have scheduled times as they only depart once they’re full.
The city affords numerous taxi operators such as ‘Superb Taxis’, ‘Moonlite Telephone Taxis’, ‘Fastlane Telephone Taxis’ but it’s best to check with your hotel on which taxi service to use.
Car rentals companies in Maseru include: