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MASERU

Maseru

Table of Contents

By coach
By taxi
By plane
Get around
By taxi
See
Do
Supermarkets & Food
Crafts
Other
Budget
Mid range
Drink
Sleep
Budget
Mid range
Splurge
Internet Access
Mobile Phones
Post
Embassies and Consulates
Get out
Maseru is the capital of and largest city in Lesotho. It is situated on the north western border with South Africa. Although there isn’t a huge deal to see in Maseru, it is well worth stopping here upon entry into Lesotho to stock up before venturing further in (where there are very, very few Western shops).

By coach

Maseru Bridge Border Post is a drop off point for most South African national coach services, from where you can catch a taxi into Maseru.
Vaal-Maseru Bus Services ☎ +27 (0)18 462-1000, (http://www.vaalmaseru.co.za)
Local bus from Bloemfontein
Intercape (http://www.intercape.co.za/)
By taxi

Being the transport hub of Lesotho, anywhere in Lesotho that’s connected by road to here will have a Minibus taxi service to Maseru. For more information on taxis, see here.
By plane

Moshoeshoe Airport is located 18km from Maseru. South African Airways operates a couple of daily flights from Maseru to Johannesburg, which typically cost around M2200. Luggage is lost very regularly and there is no lost luggage reporting system. You should arrange taxi pick-up in advance as there are no taxis at the airport. Taxis charge around 100. Mission Aviation flies from the smaller Moeshoeshoe I airport just off Airport Road, 2km from central Maseru. They offer charter flights to amongst other places, Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Katse and are contactable on +266 2232 5699. Flights are fairly expensive, their little planes can be cramped, but they fly to most airstrips in Lesotho.
Get around

A map of central Maseru can be found here . Google Maps now have very detailed maps of Maseru and Lesotho.
By taxi

The bus stop on Moeshoeshoe Rd is the main taxi station,but private cabs are available from the price of M20. For information on catching taxis in Lesotho and Maseru, call Comfort Taxis and speak to Khosana on (+266)6274 5199. For information on catching taxis in Lesotho,Moonlight taxis are on (+266) 22312695
See

There is not a huge deal to see in Maseru, as the city is essentially a base for expeditions and travels deeper into Lesotho.
The Mokorotlo. One of the country’s most monumental buildings, the Mokorotlo is the traditional hut built in a modern sophisticated style, it is a virtual museum where you can learn more about the cultures and tradition of the friendly Basotho nation.
Thetsane is worth having a wander around on a weekday – two kilometers south of Maseru on Pioneer Road (past the Pope’s Podium) are a cluster of factories that churn out t-shirts and jeans for numerous US chain stores, including Kmart, Children’s Place and GAP (if you’ve ever bought an Old Navy top chances are it was stitched together here). The chaotic hustle and bustle of Thetsane contrasts sharply with the slow pace of life elsewhere in Lesotho, and its a facinating place to see what African ‘industrialisation’ looks like.
Do

The Lehakoe Club and Gym, Moshoeshoe Road (next to the Central Bank, near the Houses of Parliament) Excellent gym by any standards, with 2 swimming pools, tennis & squash courts, steam rooms and sauna. M215 per month membership, also daily and weekly membership available.
Lesotho National Tennis Courts Kingsway bypass, functional and cheap tennis courts, tuition available.
Maseru Golf Course, play a round with some alcoholic expats.
Moeshoeshoe Day is celebrated in Maseru in early March with colourful processions through the city centre.
Go canoeing on the Caledon river The Lesotho-Durham Link offer canoeing trips (phone in advance to see what they can offer, +266 22325166). Around M200 for an afternoon.
Join the Hash The Maseru Hash House Harriers is a good way of meeting expats, get some exercise, and see some more off-the-beaten-path parts of Maseru. . It is quite tame, with the traditional drinking games kept to a minimum.
Hike up the Hill behind the Lesotho Sun. Behind the hotel is a rocky hill (where they are now building the new Chinese funded parliament building – Lesotho supports the One China policy). Should take about 30 minutes to climb but is well worth the effort – go before sunset and take your camera!
Trips from Maseru (http://static.scribd.com/docs/4dhmtvpxbpvt.pdf)
Supermarkets & Food

Pick’n’Pay, Pioneer Shopping Centre, Pioneer Road – Very well-stocked South African supermarket and liquor store.
OK Shoprite, Kingsway (LNDC Centre, behind the Vodacom shop) – Good stocking up place before you head to the mountains
OK Shoprite, Moeshoeshoe Rd – again a good stock up place.
Fruit & Veg City, Kingsway (Cathedral end) better fruit and veg than shoprite, also has a very random ‘Italian deli’ section selling very expensive pasta and italian wine.
Bensons Quality Fresh Meats, Main North road – very good (South African run) butchers. Original owners have sold this business to run Pick’n’Pay. They deliver too. +266 22321479
Crafts

Basotho Hat, Kingsway – a government run craft store which stocks locally made crafts. Large variety of beautiful hand-made jewelry of copper and ceramics, dresses, wire pushtoys. Worth poking your head in just to enjoy the unusual architecture.
Other

Chinese tailors, Kingsway, opposite Fruit & Veg – good tailors who can duplicate a suit for M1000ish (they take the measurements from an existing suit rather than measure you)
Lesotho Cellphone Services, 10 Lioli Rd. Industrial Area – a cheaper place to purchase white goods and electrical items than the furniture shops along Kingsway
For electronics On Kingsways, also just opposite Fruit & Veg there is a large and surprisingly well-furnished shop selling computers and accessories, mobile phones and accessories, cables, etc., at decent prices.
Budget

White Box Food, not a restaurant, but a good budget eating option – on Kingsway at lunchtime lots of food vendors are cooking up chicken, pork, rice and papa and serving it to the office workers in town for around M12-M15 a box – very tasty and very filling
M’editerranea Pizza, (just off Pioneer Rd, near OK supermarket) – good fresh pizza, by far the best coffee in town, great atmospheric music.
Mimmo’s Italian Deli, United Nations Rd – nice decor, variable food, including very garlicy pizzas and pasta dishes. Service is pretty bad but this is Lesotho.
Nando’s, Moeshoeshoe Rd – good chicken, Portuguese style
KFC, Kingsway – chicken
New Asia, Kingsway (behind Victoria Hotel) – good chinese restaurant – access from the carpark behind Victoria Hotel
Peace Restaurant, Moeshoeshoe Rd (just down from Nando’s) – at the back of a Chinese grocery shop the Peace Restaurant offers an authentic chinese eating experience – good food, plastic chairs, chinese karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights! You can almost believe you are in China
Good Times Cafe, LNDC Centre, Kingsway (above the Vodacom shop) – the only nightspot in Maseru also serves up adequate South African fare – OK for lunch if you have 1,5 hours or more. Tends to be empty in the evenings except for a few expats. Big screen for live football.
Solomon’s Ground, below the post office at the corner of Constitution Road, this restaurant offers decent Italian food and on Thursdays offers an Ethiopian buffet.
Mid range

Lancer’s Inn, Kingsway – good food but slow service.
Lesotho Sun, Nightingale Rd – a chinese restaurant, and a grill restaurant, both quite average for the price (expensive) but if you are after a nice steak then it’s more convienient than a trip to Ladybrand. There’s a gluttonous all you can eat buffet on Sundays at lunchtime with loads of food. Doors open at 12.30 but it soon packs out as post-church middle-class Basotho families stuff themselves. Get there early if you want to get your nose in the trough! M120 per person.
Maseru Sun Cabanas, runs the same Sunday lunch buffet food-fest as the Lesotho Sun. I disagree with this post – Cabanas “buffet” grill is much better than at the Lesotho Sun (even though they are both part of the Sun International Group) and has a much wider choice. Top tip – there is usually bread and butter pudding on the desert table which is better than your mum OR Gran ever made. Weird eh?
Regal Restaurant, Kingsway (part of the Basotho Hat complex) – the only non-hotel, non-chinese restaurant that offers a pleasant dining experience – good (British-style) indian food, appealing interior and good service. Expensive though and service is average at best.
Ocean Basket, South African chain serving seafood and sushi.
Drink

Good Times Cafe LNDC Centre, Kingsway (above the Vodacom shop) – the only non-hotel bar in Maseru likely to appeal to the tourist – can be very lively at weekends especially after pay-day (at end of the month) with live music and many of Lesotho’s young and rich in attendance – but can be quiet on weeknights.
Lesotho Sun – Pool bar – Great for sundowners. Buy-1-get-1-free on Fridays 5pm-7pm (very popular)
UN Club – the opening times are a little unpredictable, but worth a try for the more adventurous – its next to the Sparrows bar / gas station behind Lancers Inn (GPS / Google Earth coordinates 29°18’57.63″S 27°28’48.57″E)
Local bar in the suburbs – want to get off the tourist trail and see some suburban Maseru life? try this bar – safe and friendly (and cheap), with a pleasant beer garden out back used for hosting the occasional wedding reception. About 2 km southeast of the cathedral traffic circle, just off main south (GPS / Google Earth coordinates 29°19’40.17″S 27°30’24.83″E)
Sleep

Budget

Many backpacker types pass through Maseru en route to Semonkong Lodge or Malealea in the mountains, or head to Ladybrand in South Africa. However do not discount Maseru as a budget overnight destination – there are affordable accomodation options, the best of which is probably the Lesotho-Durham link.
Lesotho – Durham Link off the Agric / Old Airport Road, on the northern edge of the lake, ☎ +266 22325166, (http://www.durham-lesotholink.org.uk/) Price: M100 per person (dormitory)
The following budget accommodations were built as training centres although they do cater for travellers if you ask in advance!
Anglican Training Centre Corner Assisi Rd and Lancers Rd, ☎ +266 2232 2046,
Lesotho Work Camps Association Kingsway (behind the Catholic cathedral on the roundabout at the top of Kingsway) Price: M20 per person per night
Mid range

Mohokare Guest House 260 Kofi Annan, New Europa, ☎ +266 2231 4442, fax: +266 2231 4445, (http://www.mohokare.co.ls) Price: Single- R400, Double-R550
Boikhutsong Bed & Breakfast 623 Tjobolo, Hillsview, ☎ +266 63059190,
Foothills Guest House 121 Maluti Road, Maseru West., ☎ +266 58706566, Price: Double from M450.00, single from M295.00
Lakeside Hotel ☎ 22313646, Price: Double room from M274.00, Single from M183.00
Mpilo Lodge Maluti Road, Maseru West, ☎ 22317800, Price: Doubles from M500.00, singles from M350.00
Victoria Hotel Kingsway, ☎ 22313687, Price: Double room from M600.00, Single from M540.00
Splurge

Lancer Kingsway, ☎ 22312114, fax: 22310223, Price: Double rooms from M845.00, singles from M745.00
Lesotho Sun (20min uphill walk from the centre.) ☎ 22313111, (http://www.southernsun.com) Price: Double rooms from M862, singles from M762.00.
Maseru Sun Cabanas Old Europa, ☎ 22312434, Price: Double rooms from M862, singles from M762.00
Queen Proteas New Parliament Drive (At the east end of the Kingsway bypass, near the turn off for the new Parliament building) ☎ +266-22315215, 58079472, Price: Double rooms from M450
Internet Access

In Maseru, there are several internet cafes, although fairly cheap (usually 0.20-0.50 ZAR per min) they are pretty slow at best. The main internet cafes are:
999 Internet, Kingsway (opposite the Post Office). The best value in Maseru
Leo Internet, (near the Basotho Hat)
The Lesotho Sun, very expensive.
Mobile Phones

Cellphones are available for hire from various shops in Maseru. If visiting Lesotho (or anywhere in Southern Africa) then bring an unlocked cellphone with you and buy pay-as-you-go simcards in each country you stay – a good way of staying connected. Most towns in Lesotho have cellphone coverage.
Post

There is a large Post Office on Kingsway. Post is unreliable and can take up to a month to reach its destination, but usually more likely to take a fortnight. Sending a letter by airmail will cost you approx 2.40LSL.
Embassies and Consulates

Canada 3 Orpen Rd
Old Europa Maseru, ☎ +266 22 315365, fax: +266 22 315366, (http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/southafrica-afriquedusud/offices-bureaux/contact_lesotho_contactez.aspx?lang=eng)
United States 254 Kingsway Ave, ☎ +266 2231-2666 ext 4124, (http://maseru.usembassy.gov/)
Get out

In Lesotho:
Leribe – town in the north of the Country
Semonkong – pony trekking in the Highlands and to the impressive falls
Malealea – pony trekking in the Highlands from the large lodge
Thaba Bosiu – historic mountain fortress of the Masotho
In South Africa:
Ladybrand – the closest town across the border. A nice place to escape to if you are living in Lesotho and are craving Western-ness!
Bloemfontein – the nearest cinema (again, will only be useful to know this if you are living in Lesotho!)

SUVA

Suva

Table of Contents

Understand
Get around
See
Do
Eat
Sleep
Stay safe
Embassies
Get out
Suva (population 141,000) is the capital of Fiji.
Understand

Suva is on southeast coast of the “main island” of Fiji, Viti Levu. Suva became the capital of Fiji in 1877. Fiji’s tallest building, the Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, is in Suva. The Fiji School of Medicine and one of the three campuses of the University of the South Pacific are in Suva. Suva tends to be the major commercial and political centre of Fiji, which Nadi is the major tourist centre.
Get around

Use a taxi as they are affordable and easy to access.
See

Suva Municipal Market Right in Suva town are these fruit and vegetable markets. Sells all kinds of different tropical fruit and veges. Municipal Handicraft Centre To the left of the fruit and vege markets are the Suva handicraft markets. Rows full of Fijian wooden carvings, straw goods and Fijian handicraft souvenirs. Don’t be afraid to bargain with the shop owners for a better price! The Fiji Museum. Costs appx $5 FJ, a nice place to get the history of Fiji and see artifacts from all around the South Pacific.
Do

Make sure you see a local rugby match if possible.
Eat

The Indian influence from the significant population in Suva is evident in the food. The Indian food is town is authentic, tasty, and good value.
Singh Corner of Gordon Street & Victoria Parade, Suva,
For something upscale, try a restaurant inside one of the fancier Suva hotels, such as the Tanoa Plaza, the Southern Cross, or the Holiday Inn. For a quick economical meal in pleasant surroundings, go to the food court upstairs at the Harbour Centre and choose from a great variety of local and Chinese dishes (and you get to look before you buy) and sit and enjoy the view, or get a sack of fish and chips and sit by the waterfront or at the botanical garden.
Ashiyana. A good Indian restaurant.
Suva does have several western fast-food outlets available including McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Fr Queen Elizabeth Drive (Just down from Suva Grammar School) Price: $8-10 FJD
Scott Southern Cross Hotel,
Sleep

Holiday Inn Suva Victoria Parade, ☎ (679) 330 1600, fax: (679) 330 0251, (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/6c/1/en/hotel/suvvp) Price: Approx. $FJ 340
Raintree Lodge Princes Road, ☎ (679) 332 0562, fax: (679) 332 0113, (http://www.raintreelodge.com)
Tanoa Plaza Suva Hotel (Tanoa Plaza Suva) ☎ (679) 331 2300, fax: (679) 330 1300, (http://www.tanoaplaza-fiji.com/) Price: Doubles: $FJ 210
Colonial Lodge fax: (679) 330 1300,
5 Princes Hotel 5 Prince Road (At the beginning of Princes road on the left hand side) ☎ +679 3381575, (http://www.fiveprinceshotel.com/)
5 Princes Hotel 5 Princes Road, ☎ +679 338 1575, (http://www.fiveprinceshotel.com/)
Stay safe

Suva is a friendly city, but there are some pickpockets and thieves. Avoid people who approach you asking for your name and country. They often want to lead you to a shop and then try to sell you some overpriced souvenirs they have handcraft themselves. Prices for their goods are very overpriced, and never purchase anything from these places. Do not let anyone lead you off to another location to see something such as a ship from your country as this is an scam to isolate you and put you in a weak position, You will later encounter something such as a robbery. Offers of anything free are probably not, even in friendly Fiji.
Embassies

China 147 Queen Elizabeth Dr, ☎ 679-3301833, (http://fj.chineseembassy.org/chn/)
Greece P.O. Box 178, ☎ +679-331-4973, fax: +679-331-4973,
United States 31 Loftus St, ☎ 679 331-4466, (http://suva.usembassy.gov/)
Get out

Nadi is 3 hours drive away towards the west of the island. Coral Sun run air-conditioned buses twice a day between Suva and Nadi (7.30AM and 4PM) also stopping by request at the resorts along the way. Buses depart outside the Holiday Inn in Suva and from the airport in Nadi. Costs $20 one way. Ph. (679) 672 3105
Pacific Harbour is a 45 minute drive from Suva (towards Nadi).This is the adventure capital of Fiji offering Scuba diving, snorkeling, cultural tours etc. There are shops, cafes, a championship golf course, a man made beach called the Tiki pools and a big cultural centre. There is a range of accommodation here including private villas, backpackers and apartments.

ROSEAU

Roseau

Table of Contents

By boat
Get around
See
Budget
Mid-range
Splurge
Mid-range
Splurge
Get out
Roseau is the capital city of Dominica.

By boat

Get around

Very reasonably priced buses, (in the form of mini buses) that travel around most of the island can be boarded in Roseau. Destinations are not usually posted on the front, but local people are very helpful and can tell you where the bus stops are for each town.
See

French Quarter – The most historic section of the city, the streets are lined with picturesque wooden buildings; most with beautiful balconies.
Roseau Cathedral – A beautiful black stone cathedral, built in the Gothic style
Dominica Museum – An excellent, if small museum, on Dominica’s history and nature
Food Market – Located on the north end of town, this market abounds with vendors selling all manner of tropical fruit
Botanical Gardens – interesting collection of specimens and a school bus that was crushed by a tree during a hurricane. The cricket pitch for the town is located nearby.
Budget

Shopping at the night time fruit market by the river in Roseau is an interesting experience enhanced by a drink of fresh coconut water and freshly roasted plantains or breadfruit.
Mid-range

Calabash Heights in Roseau provides delicious rasta Italian food and is strictly vegan. *Coconuts is an excellent restaurant in central Roseau. It is owned by the Minister of Health and is accommodating to travelers with every range of special needs (especially of those who have gluten allergies because the owner’s wife is, herself, allergic to gluten).
Splurge

Mid-range

‘Fort Young Hotel’, , 73 Guest rooms. Beautiful terraced rooms overlook the harbor.