Close to the ground.

GPS: S 29 49.350 E 027 14.633 | pop. 60,000 | elevation 1,666 m/5,466 ft

Mafeteng (meaning "the place of the passersby") is a small but bustling border town located 17 kilometers from the Van Rooyenshek border crossing (open 6am-10pm) that links up with the town of Wepener in the Free State. This industrial town is the capital of the district and although the largest city in the southern half of the country, it has few attractions.

Shoprite Shopping Center

Shoprite Shopping Center has a Shoprite, ATMs, and a handful of local stores.

Hotel Mafeteng

Hotel Mafeteng is the better quality of the two hotels in town with larger, brighter and better-scented rooms. The two-story hotel has a swimming pool and a handful of freestanding cottages in back. There is also a restaurant and a bar attached to the hotel. To get there, turn north onto the road located 200 m east of the only traffic circle in town (where the A20 intersects with the A2); the hotel will be on your right 200 m up the road.

Golden Hotel

Golden Hotel is a roadside hotel located on the A2 about 400 m north of the city center with 25 basic, dated, but secure rooms with a heater and TV. There is an attached restaurant and bar with a large menu including a good selection of pizzas.

Golden Hotel Restaurant

Golden Hotel Restaurant is a clean sit-down restaurant that is known for its pizza but also serves traditional meals, pasta, fish and steak.

Hotel Mafeteng

Hotel Mafeteng offers a set breakfast, lunch and dinner meal as well as a small selection of grilled meat, all in a pleasant semi-formal dining room.

Disco Bar

Disco Bar is the place to drink on Friday and Saturday in Mafeteng. During the week the smaller bars at both of the town's hotels are open but generally don't pull in large crowds.