Teya-Teyaneng
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 29 09.069 E 027 44.550 | elevation 1,710 m/5,610 ft

Northern Lesotho stretches from Maseru to Butha-Buthe and is the most developed region in the country. Cities are spread throughout the lowlands, nestled between the mountains in central Lesotho and the Caledon River that forms the border. Many of the cities form a border crossing into South Africa. It is a good region to spend a day exploring, but most of the accommodation within the cities is fairly sterile and more suitable to hosting conferences for government employees.

Teyateyaneng, or commonly called TY for short, means “the place of quick sands” because of the continuous shifting of the nearby river. It is also the craft capital of Lesotho. Hand-woven mohair products are the biggest hit in this town, and a number of craft shops sell detailed tapestries, bags and scarves in front showrooms while women work their craft in the back.

Helang Basali

Helang Basali is a collective of about 10 women who weave together in a building at St Agnes Mission. They mostly work with mohair, but also craft some wool tapestries, rugs, scarves and bags. Guests are more than welcome to come see these women working on various stages of the detailed production process. The turnoff, located about 2.5 km west of the city center, is signed as Helang Basali Craft Weaving.


Setsoto Design

Setsoto Design is a larger production with about 35 women crafters and a good selection of wall hangings and rugs in the show room. Credit cards are accepted. It is located across the road about 200 m from the Blue Mountain Inn.


Elelloang Basali

Elelloang Basali is comprised of a small group of energetic women cranking out mohair rugs, tapestries, handbags and table placemats in a small building. It has recently moved to a new location on the A1, 4 km north of the city center.


Hatooa Mose Mosali

Hatooa Mose Mosali is another small mohair weaving shop located about 300 meters west of the Helang Basali turnoff on the opposite side of the road.


Ka Pitseng Guest House

Ka Pitseng Guest House has 13 clean rooms in a few separate buildings, all with TVs. It is a fine place if you're just looking for sleep, but you will have to bring the atmosphere with you. The main building has a basic restaurant (8am-11pm, mains M45-65) and bar, and there are shaded seating areas outside. It is located on the A1, about 1.5 km west of the city center.


Blue Mountain Inn

Blue Mountain Inn, the most popular accommodation option in town, is situated in a large hotel complex with 70 rooms, a restaurant and two pubs. It's within easy walking distance of the city center, the rooms are clean with standard appointments, and the restaurant is the best in town.


Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant

Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant is a proper restaurant that is known for its pizza but has a variety of meals on offer, including a good selection of steak and fish. Meals can be served in the more formal dining room or in the cocktail bar. The pub is in a separate building and has a few pool tables and a steady stream of beer drinkers.


Ka Pitseng Guest House

Ka Pitseng Guest House has 13 clean rooms in a few separate buildings, all with TVs. It is a fine place if you're just looking for sleep, but you will have to bring the atmosphere with you. The main building has a basic restaurant (8am-11pm, mains M45-65) and bar, and there are shaded seating areas outside. It is located on the A1, about 1.5 km west of the city center.


Blue Mountain Inn

Blue Mountain Inn, the most popular accommodation option in town, is situated in a large hotel complex with 70 rooms, a restaurant and two pubs. It's within easy walking distance of the city center, the rooms are clean with standard appointments, and the restaurant is the best in town.


Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant

Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant is a proper restaurant that is known for its pizza but has a variety of meals on offer, including a good selection of steak and fish. Meals can be served in the more formal dining room or in the cocktail bar. The pub is in a separate building and has a few pool tables and a steady stream of beer drinkers.


Ka Pitseng Guest House

Ka Pitseng Guest House has 13 clean rooms in a few separate buildings, all with TVs. It is a fine place if you're just looking for sleep, but you will have to bring the atmosphere with you. The main building has a basic restaurant (8am-11pm, mains M45-65) and bar, and there are shaded seating areas outside. It is located on the A1, about 1.5 km west of the city center.


Blue Mountain Inn

Blue Mountain Inn, the most popular accommodation option in town, is situated in a large hotel complex with 70 rooms, a restaurant and two pubs. It's within easy walking distance of the city center, the rooms are clean with standard appointments, and the restaurant is the best in town.


Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant

Blue Mountain Pub & Restaurant is a proper restaurant that is known for its pizza but has a variety of meals on offer, including a good selection of steak and fish. Meals can be served in the more formal dining room or in the cocktail bar. The pub is in a separate building and has a few pool tables and a steady stream of beer drinkers.