Maseru City

Maseru City

Maseru City


Maseru is the capital of and largest city in Lesotho, situated on the north western border with South Africa on the Caledon River.

History of the City

Maseru city was established as a police camp and assigned as the capital after the country became a British protectorate in 1869. When the country achieved independence in 1966, Maseru retained its status as capital. The name of the city is a Sesotho word meaning “place of the red sandstone.

Maseru was founded following the conclusion of the Free State–Basotho Wars when Basutoland became a British protectorate. Maseru is located at the edge of the “conquered territories” relinquished to the Orange Free as part of the peace terms.

It was located 24 kilometers west of Basotho King Moshoeshoe I’s stronghold of Thaba Bosiu the previous de facto capital.


Maseru City covers an area of 138 km2 with an estimated population of over 227,880 million people.

Transport system

The transport system in Maseru City involves taxi; plane with Moshoeshoe Airport is located 18km from Maseru, cars and buses.

Attractions in Maseru

The following are major tourist attractions of Maseru City;

  • Lesotho Mountain Kingdom
  • Maluti Mountains
  • Katse Dam
  • Mohale Dam
  • Thaba-Bosiu National Monument
  • National Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • Thorkild Hand Weaving and Moteng Weavers

The key highlights of Maseru City include the following;

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