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Quthing, Lesotho

Quthing, the southernmost major town in Lesotho, is also known as Moyeni (Place of the Wind). It was established in 1877, abandoned during the Gun War of 1880 and then rebuilt at the present site. Activity centres on the new part of town, Lower Quthing, with its bustling main road.

Quthing, also known as Moyeni (Sesotho for "place of wind"), is a constituency and the capital city or camptown of Quthing District in Lesotho. Quthing was established in 1877, abandoned in the Gun War of 1880, and then rebuilt at its present site – the southernmost town in Lesotho. It has a population of 27,314 (2016 census).

Moyeni is divided into Lower Moyeni and Upper Moyeni. Lower Moyeni is largely used for commercial and residential purposes. Upper Moyeni is mainly for administrative purposes and residences for government officials.

Quthing district is home to a diverse group of people who speak different languages. King Moorosi, the leader of the Baphuthi people, who occupied the Quthing District in southeastern Basutoland (today's Lesotho) in the 1800s, died on Mount Moorosi in 1879 in a war against the Cape Colony.

Rock and cave art are to be found near Quthing, which were created by the San people who settled in this area. 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.

During King Moshoeshoe's reign he allocated this part of the country mostly to the Baphuthi people led by King Moorosi.

Geography and history

Quthing is a region situated in Lesotho. Its capital town is Quthing and is the only town in this region. This region has a total population of approximately 130 000 residents and is the most southern region in Lesotho. This 2 916 km² piece of land is sometimes referred to as Moyeni which means “The Place of the Wind”. The region of Quthing borders the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

The town of Moyeni is the most southerly town in the country and is the proud host of the Masitise Cave House which served as a refuge house during the Basotho-Boer War. The historical village town of Mount Moorosi is located in the beautiful Sebapala Valley and near the Letsie Lake with its wonderful picnic areas.


Quthing offers many affordable options regarding visitor accommodation. There are bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, camping sites and many more facilities available

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