I had promised, both in my last post on Lesotho and to Moruti, the owner/manager/everything at Mamohase Home Stay that I would speak a bit about the place which rescued us from our own lack of planning driving into the mountains late on a Saturday afternoon.
Mamohase Rural Home Stay (Cell: 00266 5804 5597, Telephone: 00266 5805 8438, accommodation from R250pp – breakfast and dinner incl) was established by a small family about 24km East of Buthe-Buthe. The simplest route to reach Mamohase coming from South Africa is to take the Caledonspoort border crossing, go straight into Buthe-Buthe, left at the T junction and around 24km down the road is a sign on the left indicating the turn off to Mamohase. Arriving at night, we failed (completely) to appreciate that the road to Mamohase itself is best navigated in a proper car (read pickup or 4×4), yet we managed somehow to make it through the series of progressively worse dirt roads until we reached the huts.
With dinner and breakfast eaten in the family’s house while exchanging stories and learning more about the area and those who live in it, it is as authentic an experience of Lesotho as you are likely to find anywhere.
Established as a means of earning money when the family’s breadwinners were no longer able to work on the mines in South Africa, Mamohase offers traditional accommodation in one of two electricityless huts (there is no power for miles) with the most breathtaking views over the mountains. Very much a community-centered enterprise, you will find in addition to the accommodation provided by the family owning the home stay, various groups in the community have begun working together to offer local tours, pony riding and a range of other activities. With dinner and breakfast eaten in the family’s house while exchanging stories and learning more about the area and those who live in it, it is as authentic an experience of Lesotho as you are likely to find anywhere.
The hosts were helpful beyond anything I expected, with endless patience in helping us find the turn off after we had taken a complete wrong turn at Buthe -Buthe. Hearing the stories of the host family over a traditional dinner, we were fortunate the next day in being able to give Moruti a lift to see family higher up in the mountains, a journey filled with anecdotes and information about the villages we passed, the seasonal activities of the shepherds and patient answers to endless questions about life in Lesotho.
So if you find yourself in Eastern Lesotho and you haven’t yet given any thought to where you will stay the night, Mamohase is a village well worth seeking out.