The capital of Lesotho, Maseru, is located on the Mohokare River, bordering South Africa. It is Lesotho’s only sizable city, with a population of approximately 540 000. Maseru is a Sesotho word meaning “place of the sandstone”. Increasing urbanisation has resulted in its rapid growth over the past few years.
Surrounded by sprawling settlements, it has high unemployment, but its centre is compact, smart and fashionable. There are good shops, restaurants and hotels, and the people are vibrant and friendly. Most of the action happens on Kingsway, the main road. Lively flea markets and informal traders give the town an authentically African feel.