The gateway to the great mountains of the Berea District, where ancient San tribal cave paintings hide between the rocks and monolith villages – still inhabited, mind you – emerge from the dusty cliffs, Teyateyaneng (often conveniently referred to as just T.Y) is one of Lesotho’s more enthralling and interesting highway towns.
It’s known for its earthy local craft markets, which boom with wood carvings and traditional costumes throughout the week.
There are also weaving galleries and the occasional mountain tavern to enjoy.
And the city is a great option for further explorations into Ha Kome and Hlotse.
What to expect in Teyateyaneng town Lesotho
Teyateyaneng is a district capital that has multiple schools, a district referral hospital, and several recreational and tourism facilities such as hotels, lodges, and cafes.
The town is also surrounded by several rock caves with cave paintings of the Khoi San tribes that once occupied the place centuries ago before the Basotho people migrated south to settle in the Mohokare River valley, before ultimately becoming an organized state with inhabitants going further to occupy the mountainous terrain to the east and the south of what is present-day Lesotho.
The town’s friendly close-knit community is always willing to accompany tourists on many hiking trails at request. The town is much closer to the country’s eastern highlands compared to many of its lowlands neighbors and offers interesting mountain side settlements and cattle posts hiking trails in the east.
How to get to Teyateyaneng town Lesotho
Teyateyaneng, village, north-western Lesotho, 19 miles (31 km) northeast of Maseru
Where to stay in Teyateyaneng town Lesotho
Located in the center of Teyateyaneng, Blue Mountain Inn Lesotho features an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, and a bar so while exploring the beautiful area in Lesotho to learn the history and see the rock paintings of the Khoi sans this is our pick of where to stay.