Morija and the surrounding area offer visitors a diverse range of activities and many point of interest. Visit Us in Morija!
Points of Interest in Morija
- Morija Museum & Archives
At Morija Museum & Archives you can learn about Basotho life and traditions through the many informative displays. See indigenous animals and fossil bones of pre-historical reptiles, including dinosaurs. A guide can be engaged for individuals or groups who want a more personal experience. Books by many of Lesotho’s leading authors, as well as arts and crafts items, are available for purchase.
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» Open: Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
- Meader House & Morija Art Centre
The home of missionary artisan and artist Francois Maeder, Maeder House is one of the oldest buildings in Lesotho, dating back to 1843. Today, the building still stands unaltered and accommodates a gallery showcasing some of Lesotho’s finest artistic talent. Art and craft works are for sale. Morija Arts Center also offer numerous art workshop and exhibitions all year round. For more information phone gallery owner Patrick Rorke on 5991 1853.
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» Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm (closed on Mondays).
- Lesotho Evangelical Church
Visit one of Africa’s oldest Protestant churches, founded in 1833 by missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Mission Society, or take part in the congregation on Sunday (10am).
- Morija Printing Works
Morija Printing Works was founded by Adolphe Mabille in 1861 and is still operating today. A range of books in more than 50 languages have been printed here. Leselinyane La Lesotho (The Little Light of Lesotho) newspaper, which is one of the oldest newspapers on the African continent, is printed at Morija Printing Works. Among its many celebrated authors is Thomas Mofolo who is recognized as the first African to publish a novel. The Moeti oa bochabela (The Traveler of the East) was published by Morija Printing Works in 1907 while he was living and working in Morija.
» Open: You can view the printing works in motion on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. » To book a tour phone +266 2236 0205.
- Traditional Architecture
You can see five generations of traditional architecture standing side by side at the homestead of Morija’s Chief – Chief Ranthomeng. The homestead was founded by Chief Ranthomeng’s ancestor, Paulus Matete who was King Moshoeshoe’s brother-in-law. Paulus Matete was placed in Morija by the King to look after the missionaries.
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- Historic Gravesites
Visit the historic gravesites where missionaries Adolphe Mabille and Eduoard Jacottet are buried, plus those of renowned evangelist Asser Sehahabane and the composer J.P. Mohapeloa, as well as some of the Lesotho royal family.
- Historic Schools
Many of the first schools in Lesotho were established in Morija. As an education hub, Morija gained the name “The Well-spring of Learning”. Today there is the Thabeng High School, 1868, Morija Girl’s High School, 1950, Morija Theological School, 1882, Morija Primary School, 1835 and Morija English Medium School (MEMS), 1918. Over the years, these schools have produced highly respected leaders in a range of professions in Lesotho and southern Africa.
Points of Interest near Morija
- Dinosaur Footprints
Lesotho was the first country in Southern Africa in which the dinosaur footprints were discovered. Dr. Eugene Casalis Jr. discovered the footprints In 1881 during the gun war when he went up Makhoarane Mountain to care for wounded soldiers. Paleontologists assume that these footprints were revealed when a large limestone boulder broke off and fell from the higher parts of the mountain and split open.
» You can hike up the mountain to see dinosaur footprints. It takes approximately 30 minutes and you will also see the picturesque village of Morija from above.
- Matsieng Royal Village
Situated six kilometers east of Morija, Matsieng is the village where the country residence of the King of Lesotho is located. The village is rustic and pretty. You can walk to various vantage points overlooking beautiful valleys, plus, you can trek to see dinosaur footprints.
For the visitor there are interesting town walks, mountain hikes, pony trekking, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming available.
- Walks & Hikes
Visitors do well to take a walking tour of the town, and visit the above points of interest. There are also numerous walks and hikes in the greater Morija area. Keen hikers can walk to the top of Thaba Telle (the highest mountain in the region – 18 Km from Morija) or up to the Makhoarane Plateau above the village. Shorter walks include the mountain “lakes” trail above the village
» You can engage the services of a local guide through the Morija Museum & Archives.
» If you prefer a self-guided walking tour, then purchase a copy of ‘A Guide to Morija’ at the museum.
The museum is situated in a lovely garden where Café-Jardin offers food and coffee. The garden is a great location for a relaxed picnic, with a built–in barbecue for hire. If you want to host a special event it is a perfect location, great for weddings, corporate functions, fundraisers or family gatherings.
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- Pony Trekking
Basotho ponies are renowned for their strength and agility when walking over mountain trails. With its wooded trails, mountain lakes and beautiful vistas, the Morija region is a perfect location for experiencing this for yourself.
» You can go on a short ride (minimum of 1 hour), a day ride, or an overnight trek up the mountain staying in a small village. Experienced and inexperienced riders, adults and children are welcome.
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» Contact expert horseman and guide Kefuoe Namane on 5915 5528
- Bird Watching
Lesotho is the home to around 300 species of birds. More than 100 species of birds have been sighted in Morija. Varies water birds can be found at dams and wetlands around Morija. The extensive wooded areas also provide habitat for common and rare birds. On the plateau above Morija the Ground Woodpecker and Rock Pippit can be seen and the Green Woodhoopoe in Morija village.
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- Mountain Biking
Morija is a great mountain biking location. A self-guided ride on a hire bike is for on-road routes only. Off road and trail riding requires a guide.
» Bring your own bike or hire one from the Morija Guest Houses and Tours.
Bikes can be hired for 1-2 hours, half day (3-5) hours or full day (5 hours or more).
» Guided rides are also available to people who bring their own bikes.
» For more information phone Kefuoe Namane on +266 5915 5528.
- Morija Arts & Cultural Festival
An annual event not to be missed, the Morija Arts & Cultural Festival usually takes place end of September / beginning of October. It showcases Lesotho’s finest artists, performers and cultural groups. The many cultural activities include traditional singing and dancing, contemporary jazz and art and craft exhibitions.
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- Morija Mountain Bike Challenge
The annual Morija Mountain Bike Challenge will be happening on October 21st, 2012. The race, which is divided into 30km and 60 km routes, takes place in and around Morija and is open to the public.
» For more information visit the Lesotho Cycling website.
» Also, check out the annual Lesotho Sky Mountain Bike Race: www.lesothosky.com.
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