Welcome to Quthing, the southernmost town in Lesotho with a rich history and diverse culture. Established in 1877, Quthing was abandoned during the Gun War of 1880 and later rebuilt at its present site. Today, it has a population of 27,314 (2016 census) and is home to a diverse group of people who speak different languages. Quthing district is known for its impressive rock and cave art, created by the San people who settled in this area.
One of the most significant events in Quthing’s history was the death of King Moorosi, the leader of the Baphuthi people, who occupied the Quthing District in southeastern Basutoland (today’s Lesotho) in the 1800s. He died on Mount Moorosi in 1879 during a war against the Cape Colony. A full description of the war and the events that led up to it are available in Moorosi: A South African king’s battle for survival by Graham Fysh.
Quthing lies in the southern part of Lesotho and borders the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The Senqu River flows through the district of Quthing as it makes its long journey to the Atlantic Ocean. The border post between Lesotho and South Africa is called Tele Bridge.
For those interested in exploring the outdoors, Quthing offers breathtaking landscapes and opportunities for hiking and trekking. The nearby Sehlabathebe National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a variety of wildlife, including the rare Maloti minnow.
In terms of accommodation, Quthing has a range of options to suit all budgets. From cozy guesthouses to luxury lodges, visitors are sure to find a comfortable place to stay. And for those looking to sample the local cuisine, Quthing has a variety of restaurants and cafes serving up traditional Basotho dishes, such as papa (maize porridge) and moroho (cooked greens).
In conclusion, Quthing is a hidden gem in Lesotho that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring the outdoors or learning about the local culture, Quthing has something for everyone. So why not add Quthing to your travel bucket list and experience all that this charming town has to offer?