Maseru

Maseru is the capital of and largest city in Lesotho and is very close to the north western border with South Africa. Although there isn't a huge deal to see in Maseru, it is well worth stopping here upon entry into Lesotho to stock up before venturing further in (where there are very, very few Western-style shops).

Main street in Maseru
Basotho Hat building in Maseru
Sunflower field in Maseru

Get in

By car

You can get into Maseru by car through the entry point from South Africa.

By bus

Maseru Bridge Border Post is a drop off point for most South African national coach services, from where you can catch a taxi into Maseru.

By taxi

Being the transport hub of Lesotho, anywhere in Lesotho that's connected by road to here will have a Minibus taxi service to Maseru. For more information on taxis, see here.

By plane

Moshoeshoe Airport is located 18 km from Maseru. South African Airways operates a couple of daily flights from Maseru to Johannesburg, which typically cost around LSL2,200. Luggage is lost very regularly and there is no lost luggage reporting system. You should arrange taxi pick-up in advance as there are no taxis at the airport. Taxis charge around LSL100.

Mission Aviation flies from the smaller Moeshoeshoe I airport just off Airport Road, 2 km from central Maseru. They offer charter flights to amongst other places, Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Katse and are contactable on +266 2232 5699. Flights are fairly expensive, their little planes can be cramped, but they fly to most airstrips in Lesotho.

Get around

A map of central Maseru can be found here . Google Maps now have very detailed maps of Maseru and Lesotho.

By taxi

The bus stop on Moeshoeshoe Rd is the main taxi station,but private cabs are available from the price of LSL20.

For information on catching taxis in Lesotho and Maseru, call Comfort Taxis and speak to Khosana on +266 6274 5199.

For information on catching taxis in Lesotho,Moonlight taxis are on +266 22312695

See

There is not a huge deal to see in Maseru, as the city is essentially a base for expeditions and travels deeper into Lesotho.

Do

Buy

Supermarkets and food

Crafts

Other

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Drink

Sleep

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under LSL200
Mid-range LSL200 to LSL800
Splurge Over LSL800

Budget

Many backpacker types pass through Maseru en route to Semonkong Lodge or Malealea in the mountains, or head to Ladybrand in South Africa. However do not discount Maseru as a budget overnight destination - there are affordable accommodation options, the best of which is probably the Lesotho-Durham link.

The following budget accommodations were built as training centres although they do cater for travellers if you ask in advance!

Mid-range

Splurge

Cope

Internet Access

In Maseru, there are several internet cafes, although fairly cheap (usually LSL0.20-0.50 per min) they are pretty slow at best. The main internet cafés are:

Mobile Phones

Cellphones are available for hire from various shops in Maseru. If visiting Lesotho (or anywhere in Southern Africa) then bring an unlocked cellphone with you and buy pay-as-you-go SIM cards in each country you stay - a good way of staying connected. Most towns in Lesotho have cellphone coverage.

Post

There is a large Post Office on Kingsway. Post is unreliable and can take up to a month to reach its destination, but usually more likely to take a fortnight. Sending a letter by airmail will cost you approx LSL2.40.

Embassies and Consulates

Go next

In Lesotho:

In South Africa:

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