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. A major city-rebuilding programme has hidden many of the once-visible scars of the 1998 political unrest.
The city boasts a temperate climate, well-stocked shops and a decent selection of restaurants and accommodation. While the city has few sights, Maseru is where you can get your bearings, sort out logistics and stock up on supplies before heading into the highlands and beyond.