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Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village

Motloang, Lesotho

This sandstone plateau once served as a stronghold for Lesotho's King Moshoeshoe I and his subjects. 


More than a museum, more than a cultural center, Thaba Bosiu would be best described as the pride of Lesotho.  Featuring a full-scale recreation of a traditional village as well as a fascinating museum, this flagship tourist attraction is a must-visit on your first trip to the Mountain Kingdom. A blanket-clad guide is available on request, and their tour will change the way you view this fascinating enclave country.

Thaba Bosiu is a sandstone plateau located between the Orange and Caledon Rivers in the Maseru District of Lesotho. It was once the capital of Lesotho, and served as the residence and military stronghold of Moshoeshoe I, the kingdom’s founding father, throughout most of his reign in the mid-19th century. In 1967, Lesotho’s government declared the mountain a national monument.

Know Before You Go

Thaba Bosiu is just a short drive from Maseru, and the paved road is well-marked.  The center hosts a number of events and special programs, so it's best to call ahead and see what's on.

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