Roma, where the trading post is central to many great tourist attractions, Dinosaur footprints, Thaba Bosiu, and a 20 minute up the road, is Lesotho's only museum.
Trading Post was a little difficult to locate, and though it was night time, it took us well over an hour to locate the accomodation, So I think some more signage on the road would be an advantage.
We stayed in a Rondavle, it had comfortable beds, a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities, toilets were located in the Kitchen.
Kitchen is reasonably tidy, but a little un organised, the owners really need to get rid of alot of "guest food" under the draws, as it appears to have been there for some time, however there is a good selection of reading material (wildlife magazines, and a few books in foreign languages), However the TV does not work, or it has been tampered with. In the main kitchen/lounge, there is DSTV however.
Grounds at night are not lit up, and it would be useful to have a few lights on the main paths, as it is rather dark and did get lost.
I didn't have a good night sleep the second night as we had mosquito's in the room, as well as crickets, so bringing a can of insect repellent, or a citronella candle might be a good idea for wary guests. The roof of the Rondavle also housed a plethora of spider webs, I did not want to know what kind of creepy crawlies were lurking, so it may pay to look in the Rondavle's if you are a little arachnophobic.
There is a pool to swim in aswell, and WIFI is limited, you need to go near the owners house to access WIFI, A suggestion would be too again, invest in a few computers and place them in a central location.
There is a Souvenier Room, where you can buy handmade souveniers and gifts, one of the only places in Lesotho I could find that sold souveniers.
Unfortunately, one of the Staff Members (head groundsman/grounds keeper) offered us a tour of some of the attractions in and around the area, we took him up on the offer, as we realised that tourism development is limited in Lesotho.
From the start, we used our own car for the trip, where he persisted to sit in the front, which I thought was a little strange, as he had his own transport, and I was a little concerned regarding our safety
He advised us that it would not cost anything for the tour, only to pay for the attractions to see (Thaba Bosiu and the museum) which was fine. After the tour, I stopped and got some money out at an ATM to reimburse him, as well as a tip to say thankyou.
..From there, he looked at the money, and his mood changed from being friendly, to being impolite, rude and very off-standing, He asked us to stop at a local shop and persisted to get out to purchase something, whilst speaking to the shop owner, looking at us in a way which made us feel a little uneasy,
Once we made it back to the trading post, I advised him that I have to go in and pay for the accomodaton before we left, he persisted that we give him the money, not the manager, and he will pay, I said to him that we have to pay the rest of our accomodation, which he didn't understand and persisted that I gave him the money,
He then asked my friend and I that he is building a home for his family and that he needs donations and money to continue as he wants to send his kids to college. Unfortunately, his attitude before made me uncomfortable and I told him that we are going and I don't have money to give.
He then persisted to block the entrance way of our car and would not let us leave, until I revved the car and he jumped out the way yelling.
I strong reccomend to the Staff at the trading post, that you cannot allow your staff to take the responsibility of being a tour guide with this attitude, he had ruined a reasonably good experience of Lesotho up until then.
While the trading post is reasonable accomodation, I would not advise any of my friends to stay here due to the staff member who befriends you, then made it very unsavoury for us, and our experience of Lesotho in general.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Roma Trading Post Lodge is located a stone throw away from Lesotho’s capital Maseru and the airport, in the foothills of the mighty Maloti Mountains in Roma. The name stems from its rich history of being the base shop for pioneering trade into the mountains. Travellers can expect a rustic and luxury destination, filled with many stories from its vibrant history. No matter whether you want to relax in our colourful gardens, by the swimming pools or to explore Lesotho, Roma is the starting point of your adventure. Roma Trading Post Lodge is managed by the Lesotho Sky team, which hosts the annual 6-day mountain bike stage race. We look forward to sharing our wealth of adventure activities and gladly help you plan an unforgettable stay in Africa’s Mountain Kingdom. ... more less