Maseru is Lesotho’s capital and biggest city. It also serves as the administrative center for the Maseru District. Maseru, on the Caledon River, is on the border between Lesotho and South Africa. Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, has a population of around 227,880 people.
After the nation became a British protectorate in 1869, the city was constructed as a police camp and designated as the capital. Maseru was preserved as the country’s capital after it gained independence in 1966. The city’s name is derived from a Sesotho term that means “red sandstones.”
Maseru – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 227,880|
|TIME ZONE :||South Africa Standard Time (UTC+2)|
|LANGUAGE :||Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa|
|RELIGION :||Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%|
|AREA :||138 km2 (53 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||1,600 m (5,200 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||29.31°S 27.48°E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 45.40%|
• Female: 54.60%
|ETHNIC :||Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%|
|AREA CODE :|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+266|
Tourism in Maseru
Maseru is Lesotho’s capital and biggest city, located on the country’s northwestern border with South Africa. Although there isn’t much to see in Maseru, it’s worth stopping here on your way into Lesotho to fill up on supplies before continuing on (where there are very, very few Western-style shops).
Climate of Maseru
Maseru’s climate is classified as subtropical highland, with warm, wet summers and mild to chilly, dry winters.
Summer in the Southern Hemisphere lasts from December to March, and the average daily temperature is 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit).
The average temperature in the winter, between June and September, is 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit).
January is the warmest month, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 33 °C (59 to 91 °F).
Temperatures in July, the coolest month, vary from 3 to 17 °C (27 to 63 °F).
Geography of Maseru
Maseru is a town in northwest Lesotho on the Mohokare River, which marks the border with South Africa. A border station at the Maseru Bridge, which spans the river, connects the two nations. Ladybrand is the nearest town to Maseru on the South African side. The settlement is located in a narrow valley at the foot of the Maloti Mountains’ Hlabeng-Sa-Likhama foothills. The city is at a height of 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) above sea level. The city is around 138 square kilometers in size (53 sq mi).
Economy of Maseru
The city’s trade is focused on two adjacent core business areas that sprang up around Kingsway and now serve as key employment centers. Larger office buildings, retail shops, and many banks may be found in the western commercial area. Smaller shops, marketplaces, and street sellers abound in the eastern commercial area. The city’s primary commercial areas are the city’s biggest employment hubs.
Maseru’s economy has been rising at a breakneck pace, notably in terms of international investment and tourism, since the country gained independence from Britain in 1968 and experienced economic disaster when political unrest erupted in 1998. Since then, the residents of the city have been working tirelessly to repair the damage.
Maseru’s business is divided into two categories. Along Moshoeshoe Road, to the north of the core business areas, are flour mills and other large corporations. The second industrial sector is located to the south of the major business areas, in the Thetsane district, and is mostly comprised of textile and footwear manufacturers.
Internet, Comunication in Maseru
There are multiple internet cafes in Maseru, and although they are reasonably priced, they are sluggish at best.
Cellphones may be rented from a variety of stores in Maseru. If you’re visiting Lesotho (or any other nation in Southern Africa), carry an unlocked smartphone and purchase pay-as-you-go SIM cards in each country where you’ll be staying. Lesotho has cellular service in almost every town.