Butha-Buthe
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 28 46.057 E 28 15.131 | elevation 1,700 m/5,577 ft

Butha-Buthe was established as a tax collection post in 1884 so the local chief could pay taxes without having to travel all the way to Leribe. Today it is one of the more diverse towns in Lesotho with a sizeable Indian population. For those continuing on towards either the east or south, this is a good point to stock up on food, fuel and other supplies as the available options decline quickly in both directions.

Village Walk Mall

Village Walk Mall has a number of shops including an Internet café, ATMs and fast food.


Butha-Buthe Hostel/Ha Thabo Ramakatane

Butha-Buthe Hostel / Ha Thabo Ramakatane is a wonderful way to get a taste of rural Lesotho living while brushing up on your Sesotho. There is a separate building next to the family home with two rooms and a small kitchen with a table and gas stove. While there's no running water or electricity, a nearby well supplies fresh, cool water. It is located just 4 kilometers from Butha-Buthe on a rough dirt road.

To get there, turn south off of the A1 onto the dirt road (S 28 46.078 E 028 15.090) at the sign for St Paul's High School - about 100 m west of the Caledonspoort border post road. Continue 1.2 km, turn left for 200 m and then right and continue 2.6 km to the nondescript house. If you get lost, just ask around; people in the village are used to directing lost foreigners to the location.


Likileng Lodge

Likileng Lodge is located in a secure residential community, two kilometers to the northeast of the city center, and does a lot of its business with government employees and functions. There are 23 rooms, each with a TV and small balcony overlooking the surrounding mountains, and the grounds have tennis courts, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar.


Crocodile Inn

Crocodile Inn is a plain establishment with a main building that was getting a much needed renovation when we visited. There are a number of more recently built rondavels in the back that have a fresher feel than the standard rooms. The hotel also has the town's only formal restaurant.


Town Talk

Town Talk serves up simple traditional food with various meat options and bunny chow.


Crocodile Inn Restaurant

Crocodile Inn Restaurant is the only formal restaurant in town and has a decent menu of steaks, toasted sandwiches, burgers and pizza. It also serves a set brunch.


The Hop Inn

The Hop Inn is a large pub owned by a local British guy. There are a couple pool tables and a fireplace, and a trickle of customers frequent the pub throughout the week. On the weekends a laser light machine turns the place into a disco and it draws quite the crowd. Watch your pockets - Prince Harry got his mobile phone nicked when he was here a couple of years ago. It is located about 3km off the A1 on the road to the Caledonspoort border crossing.


The Hop Inn

The Hop Inn is a large pub owned by a local British guy. There are a couple pool tables and a fireplace, and a trickle of customers frequent the pub throughout the week. On the weekends a laser light machine turns the place into a disco and it draws quite the crowd. Watch your pockets - Prince Harry got his mobile phone nicked when he was here a couple of years ago. It is located about 3km off the A1 on the road to the Caledonspoort border crossing.