There is something special about visiting these modern-day cave-dwellings in the heart of rural Lesotho.

The village, Ha Kome, is situated about 60km from Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, in the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains. During the summer months, these mountain slopes are often covered with bright-red flowers. Commonly known as red-hot pokers, these beautiful flowers provide a striking contrast to the lush green vegetation of the area, they are often planted around dwellings as its believed to ward off lightning.

Here several families follow a centuries-old way of life. They actually build their homes inside the caves of the mountain slope. The front wall is insulated with a mixture of mud and cow dung. This insulation affords some protection from Lesotho’s cold winters, when the temperature can fall below the freezing point. Inside, there is a lowered spot in the floor called ifo, meaning “fireplace,” which is also used to provide some heat when it is cold.

The roof, the back wall, and often the sidewalls are all formed by the rock of the cave itself. A mixture of mud and cow dung is applied to these, and it is reapplied each year. This adds color and a smoother surface to the rock. Cowhides decorate the interior and are also used as mattresses for sleeping.

For Lesotho travel trips contact us now! We arrange Lesotho overland tours and our popular 3 day Lesotho Overland incorporates a visit to the Home Caves.

One of the highlights of travelling in Lesotho is a visit to the Maletsunyane Falls, just outside of Semonkong.

The falls is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls at 192m, and driving from Semonkong on a small dirt-track to to the other side of the valley is definitely worth it. Other options are to hike or pony-trek to the Maletsunyane waterfalls.

We recommend staying at Semonkong Lodge! The lodge offers you the chance to explore the magnificent scenery and culture of Lesotho. The Lodge together with the local community provides ponies and guides for trips to the Maletsunyane Falls.

Also very popular is their highest commercially-run abseil in the world.

We offer from 3 day to 5 day tours of Lesotho with Semonkong being a highlight of the tour!

Contact us for travel trips to the Maletsunyane Falls.