Celebrating 200 years of Basotho nationhood


By Kefiloe Kajane

Local tour and events company Leseli Tours, in collaboration with the minister of tourism, environment and culture, will mark the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Basotho nation, with the inaugural Menkhoaneng to Botha Bothe Pilgrimage today.

Leseli Tours managing director Rethabile Morake says the pilgrimage is two-legged: the first leg will be led by King Letsie III and the minister of tourism environment and culture Lekhetho Rakuane tomorrow; the second leg which will be open to the general public will be held on December 12.

Morake says the walks are aimed at supporting tourism in the country, and raising funds for the tourism and hospitality students on internship at Leseli tours who are due to travel to Cape Town to learn more about the hospitality industry. 


“There is a need for more people to be involved in the tourism and hospitality industry; so we provide the students with not only internship opportunities, but also business incubation to enable them to start their own business afterwards.”

For his part, minister Lekhetho Rakuoane said the pilgrimage earn its place in history as one of the most significant events in Lesotho as this year marks 200 years since Moshoeshoe I formed the Basotho nation.