Places in Lesotho
Maseru is one of the world’s more low-key capital cities. It sprawls across Lesotho’s lower-lying western edge, rimmed by the Berea and Qeme Plateaus. Occupied by the British in 1869 as an administrative post, over the past few decades Maseru has rapidly expanded and today, there’s a modicum of traffic congestion.
The region from Mafeteng and Malealea southwards, across to Sehlabathebe National Park in the southeast, is less developed than the northwest, but lingers in the image files of all who pass through. The mountain ranges eat up the sky out here, where a velvety orange-pink light pours over putting green valleys.
The lowlands of Northern Lesotho are comprised of a number of busy little commercial towns. Only Teyateyaneng and Leribe (Hlotse) draw travellers, mostly for their good craft shopping, but these towns give way to the majestic northeastern highlands and serve as important border crossings to/from South Africa.