The Trading Post
Affectionately called "Ha Baseane" by the
Basotho after John Thorn, who established Roma Trading Post
in 1903 and lived here until his death in 1957.
Today the 4th generation of Thorns grow up in this scenic
place among the rocky foothills of the Maloti Mountains.
Donkeys are still herded daily to the store, bringing gain
for grinding. Cattle and pigs and chickens roam freely among
the blanket clad horsemen who come to shop at the Trading
Post. Little it seems, has changed since " Baseane" arrived
in 1903 to establish his base shop for pioneering his trade
into the blue Maloti's.
Ramabanta Trading Post Adventures
Hidden deep in the mountains of the King
of Lesotho, with spectacular views across the valley,
Ramabanta Trading Post Lodge is the Ideal Location for the
adventurer seeking the ultimate challenge in off-road trails or
the traveller who wants the peace and tranquillity of trekking on
horseback or hiking through the valleys and mountains of
Lesotho. We offer charming en-suite rooms and provide delicious
Campers and backpackers are also welcome.
Roma Trading Post Guest
In 1862 King Moshoeshoe allowed Father Gerard and his
missionaries to settle in a vast amphitheatre in an area known
today as the Roma Valley. Here Father Gerard established his
first Catholic Mission in Lesotho.
The Roma valley is the most important
educational centre in Lesotho, housing the National University
of Lesotho, whose humble beginnings, the Pius xii College, date
back to April 1945.
Roma today is also home to 3
seminaries, St Joseph's Hospital, two high schools and junior