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Phuthaditjhaba Attractions

PHUTHADITJHABA ATTRACTIONS

CULTURAL
Basotho Cultural Village A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains, will give you insight into the culture and traditions of the Basotho people. On arrival, a friendly receptionist will show you an introductory video which illustrates the building process of the museum. Demonstrations of the decoration of huts, making of basketware, crushing of maize and traditional dances are shown.
ADVENTURE
Maluti Cave Hiking Trail           

The The Maluti Cave trail lies adjacent to the town of Phuthaditjaba (Witsieshoek) from where it stretches into the foothills of the   Drakensberg mountains.

There are a few options open for hikers: from a basic 2-day trail to four days of hiking in the majestic Drakensberg.

One of the sections of the trail goes right up to the escarpment to view the Phororo waterfall on the Lesotho side of the border. Hikers that attempt this trail section must be accompanied by a guide and should be fit and prepared for sudden weather changes

Sentinel Hiking Trail This trail is situated in Qwaqwa and starts at the Sentinel car park, beyond the Mountain Resort. The trail runs past the Sentinel to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment. It can either be used for a day walk or as the start of an escarpment backpacking trip. The trail offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. Prior reservations are necessary, both for a day walk and longer visits. The numbers of visitors are also limited.
HISTORIC
Wetsi’s Cave

During Zulu disturbances around 1840, a section of the Makgolokwe tribe under Chief Wetsi fled here. The area was then named by early Europeans after this chief: Witsieshoek (i.e. Wetsi’s Glen).

In 1856 Chief Wetsi, joined by the Zulu warriors of King Mpande, the Bapedi of Sekhukhune and others, fought against the invading European Voortrekkers, who were joined by the Bakwena of Mopeli. Chief Wetsi’s Cave is near the western border of the Royal Natal National Park

Batlokoa Monument The Afrikaans-speaking community renamed the town Witsieshoek, after Wetse, chief of the BaTlokwa section of the Basotho people, who settled here after the Zulu raids on smaller tribes had ended. In 1969 the area was granted self-government as Qwa-Qwa, the homeland of the baSotho ba Borwa (“Sotho people of the south
Prophet Walter Matita Memorial

It is common cause that the Rev Walter Matita (referred to as the prophet) was the founder of a religious movement that came to be known as the Mosheeshee Berea Bible Readers Church. The prophet was born of ordinary stock in the year 1885. His parents had been allocated a site in the village of Ha Motsoene, bothania area, in Berea district on which they built a house. On reaching manhood the prophet preached a special brand of the gospel travelling far and wide, in central and northern Lesotho and the eastern part of the Orange Free State including the land known as Qua Qua.

The prophet was married and had two daughters Marita and Maria. He had no sons. His memorial is situated near UFS, Qwaqwa campus

NATURE

Metsi-Matsho Dam and

Fika Patso Dam

80% of MAP Local Municipality’s potable water is supplied by Fika Patso Dam while the remaining 20% is supplied by Metsimatsho Dam
The Sentinel Peak The famous Sentinel and Ampitheatre, the Devil’s Tooth and the Three Witches contribute to the rugged splendour of the Drakensberg. The majestic Maluti Mountains, with it’s multi coloured sandstone cliffs and the cave dwellings with it’s Bushman paintings, are endlessly fascinating.

 

LEISURE
Sports Staduim

Qwaqwa is the birthplace of the Premier Soccer League side club Free State Stars. Although the club has since relocated to Bethlehem, but it still plays its bigger games at the much larger Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Phuthaditjhaba is The town has two other professional soccer teams, namely Maluti FET Collage FC and African Wariorrs FC who both use the Charles Mopeli Stadium as their homeground.

 

 

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