Ha Ramabanta Accommodation

Ha Ramanbanta, meaning ‘father of the red belt’ was named after a local chief who admired the red maroon belts of the British army’s uniform, so much so, that he began wearing one himself.

The village is home to Lesotho’s primary trading centre. The post was established by the merchant John Thorn in 1903, who ran the store until his death in 1957. Today, one can still shop at the trading post, where individuals from surrounding areas travel to Ha Ramanbanta for local produce, livestock and a miscellany of household goods. 

Ha Ramanbanta has become a popular holiday destination for adventurists. Being positioned at the rocky foothills of the Maloti Mountains means that the village is an ideal base for mountaineers wishing to climb to the summit.

Ha Ramanbanta is a hot spot for cyclists and quad biking due to its kilometers upon kilometers of open terrain. There are countless trails from which to choose from catering to the skill levels of all riders.

Holidaymakers wishing to explore the area on horseback can book a two-hour trail through the Maluti Mountains. During the ride, you can marvel at the idyllic beauty of the region and the mountain’s diverse vegetation.

Anglers looking to while away the afternoon can visit the mountain streams and hidden valleys of Ha Ramanbanta, where freshwater fish are found in abundance.

A visit to a local village is a novel cultural experience that will teach you about the traditional lifestyle of the Basotho people. Here you can spend a night or two in a basic rondavel and escape the stresses of modern day life.

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Ramabanta Lodge

From R95* unit

In 1939, John Thomas Thorn, (Baas Jan - Lion of the mountains) who traded in Roma, was invited by Chief Ramabanta (Father of the Belts) Api, to build a trading store on the cliff-edge, overlooking the... Read More

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