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Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village

Located 24km outside of the city of Maseru, Thaba Bosiu is a National Monument and Lesotho’s foremost tourist destination holding great historical significance as the birthplace of the Basotho People.

A Warm Welcome

It is a sandstone plateau where King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho Nation established what turned out to be a formidable fortress that protected his People during amongst others, the Lifaqane (Mfecane) war. “Thaba Bosiu” which means “Mountain at Night” was believed to possess supernatural powers which made it grow into a tall mountain during the night leaving enemies who tried scaling it still stranded on its cliffs and vulnerable for attack the next morning.

Accommodation at Thaba Bosiu

For any tourist to Lesotho, the Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village is a “must-see” destination for a contemporary, yet uniquely Lesotho experience. All our chalets come standard with double or twin beds, Shower, Fridge, and Cable TV.


Thaba Bosiu offers an on-site restaurant, museum, cultural village, and amphitheatre.

The Shoeshoe Restaurant

The Shoeshoe (pronounced shweh-shweh) Restaurant offers a contemporary, yet uniquely Lesotho dining experience in an intimate setting. Chef Ska’s inventive menu serves up a true gastronomic extravaganza for Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch.

  • You will be spoilt for choice with our dining menu that is served with a variety of delicious house breads. Our selection of main dishes allows the guest the exciting opportunity to sample some of Lesotho’s staples such as papa, potele, nyekoe, seketsa. Finish off your meal with one of our inventive desserts such as our signature Chocolate fondant served with caramelized oranges and almond ice cream.
  • The Shoeshoe Restaurant is the only place to go for cultural cuisine in a fine dining experience.


The Basotho Nation is one in very few that can trace its origins to a single geographic point on the map. The Thaba Bosiu mountain fortress holds a very rich history of the formation of the Basotho nation and the Cultural Village Site Museum provides the visitor with an exciting, interactive, multi-media presentation of this National Monument.

Besides learning about the formation of the Basotho Nation, the Site Museum contains interesting and informative displays of Basotho cultural heritage as well as its colonial and post-colonial history, making this venue a must-see stop on any visitor journey to Lesotho.

Cultural Village

Experience traditional Sesotho life set within a typical village dwelling consisting of the Khotla, Moreneng (Chief’s Hut), Ha Mofumahali (Chieftainess’ Hut), Thakaneng (Children’s Playground) and Lekhotla (Village Court). Here the visitor can consult a traditional doctor, sample Sesotho beer, and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of traditional Sesotho life.


This 800+ seater Amphitheatre has fantastic acoustic qualities and is the perfect venue for performances, ceremonies, and gatherings. The amphithreatre boasts a state-of-the-art audiovisual system to compliment any event.

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