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THABA BASIU



The name means “mountain at night”. According to legend, what was a hill in the daytime became a mountain at night. Thaba-Bosiu is an important historical site — the survival of the Basotho as a nation in the 19th century depended on Moshoesoe’s ability to defend his capital, and Thaba-Bosiu was never taken. Energetic tourists will enjoy climbing the trail to the summit of the hill. Nearby, three stones mark the entrance to Moshoeshoe’s compound. 

Moshoeshoe’s grave, a cairn of stones, can be seen at the chief’s burial place on the hilltop, as can his restored, square two-roomed house nearby. On a protruding rock beyond, the footprint of Maleka,one of Moshoeshoe’s sons, can be seen.

The boy was forbidden to marry a girl of lower rank and, lamenting the loss of his beloved, carved the print as his epitaph before leaping to his death below. 

From Thaba-Bosiu the extraordinary rock pinnacle Qiloane which is known as the “Basotho Hat” is also clearly visible.

GPS S 29º 20' 46.4 E 027º 39' 51.0
Thaba Bosiu Tourist Info +266 223 57207

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