Lancers Inn is said to be the International Development Specialist's hotel of choice in Maseru. This...more
Hands down the best hotel in Maseru. The others don't even come close. Renovations will be completed...more
Katse Village, Bokong, Maseru, Lesotho
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Maseru has a limited restaurant scene, so once you've ventured out to the three/four restaurants worth visiting, why not try pizza delivery one night? If you're in that frame of mind, Scooters is a good option!
A South African chain, Scooters has a wide array of pizza, pasta and chicken, all available for delivery (5 Rand extra) by ... yes, you got it ... scooter.
This evening I tried the Meat Supreme with "Cheese Burst" crust (cheese filled crust). It was very good! Comparable to a Pizza Hut stuffed crust in the United States. Delivery was also prompt -- about 30 minutes. Service was friendly and the driver called a few minutes before he arrived. Pizza was hot on arrival and tasty!
Located on the grounds of Lancers Inn, Rendezvous Restaurant is one of the primary meeting points for expatriates in Maseru. The restaurant has a rather extensive menu of various southern African and western foods. During my visit I tried the Peri-Peri Chicken Burger, which was decent and possibly worth the $10 I paid for it (maybe not). Though I didnt partake, I also noticed a sizeable wine list and a few bottled beers on the menu.
Rendezvous Restaurant is nothing to write home about, but it is one of the best restaurants in town. This fact proves the phrase - "In the city of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
Great Indian food (British style, eg CTM, butter chicken, korma etc). As good as you'd find in Leicester or Bradford. A very pleasant surprise to find a place like this in Maseru, which struggles for places to eat.
Favorite Dish: Butter Chicken.
In case you're backpacking the only way to go to or around Maseru and Lesotho are the small busses. They're cheap and really crowded, they're riding fast, but don't fear, they're regulary safe. You just have to ask where they ride and if the destanation's o.k. they'll give you a lift for some Loti.
Here's a pic, where you can see how a stop looks like. And don't forget the basotho blanket!
You need something? Go to the market of Maseru. They'll have everything. Or at least something. Crowded market place, small stores, even charity stores supported by church. Don't miss the real african shopping feeling!
What to buy: What you need. Or at least a Basotho Broom.
What to pay: 1-2 USD for a Basotho Broom.
When I went to look for the local market and craft type items, I cam across a very long row of shipping containers. I mean the kind that are shipped by huge cargo ships and then loaded onto lorries (trucks). Quite a few enterprising individuals here in Maseru realised that these made 'ready made' shops. Absolutely genius idea. The shops are low-cost to house small shops, mostly clothing enterprises. They are easy to lock up at night, are weather proof, will last virtually forever and you can open the doors for business instantly. I thought it was a very smart idea for a country that doesn't have a lot of money.
It is strongly advised to not walk around the streets after dark. Lesotho is a quaint small country, but crime is rampant at night, with muggings frequent. In particular, Pioneer Road is notorious for crime in the evenings. Don't walk around, especially by yourself, after dusk. Generally speaking, this will not be difficult, as very little is open after 6:00 PM in Maseru.
"Every way leads to Rome" - but this small town is called Roma. This is the University city of Lesotho. They are only few buildings around the university campus.
Roma is a university town in a scenic valley 35km from Maseru. It can be approached from the south through an impressive gorge. To the north is the Ha Baroana gallery of Bushmen paintings which tell stories of past lives in these hills.
If you'd like to take a bow to the greatest king of the Sotho People, visit THABA BOSIU near Maseru!
Chief Moshesh (later called Moshoeshoe), settled at Thaba Bosiu (Mountain of the Night) in 1824, after retreating from the terror of Shaka, the Zulu King. The flat -topped stronghold of Thaba Bosiu rapidly gained fame and proved impregnable to all comers until shortly before Moshoeshoe’s death in 1870. The tribe quickly increased in strength and pride and started to call themselves Basotho or Sotho people, and their small kingdom, Lesotho. There is a visitors information centre at the base of the hill and a guide will accompany you to the top and entertain you with stories of hardship and war. There are substantial remains of the King’s dwellings and the royal cemetery of Lesotho. Views from the summit extend far and wide and you can see Qiloane pinnacle, which is the inspiration for the top-knot on the traditional Basotho hat.
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