Lesotho Adventure and Sports Tours and Historical Visits in Lesotho

Liphofung Cave and Cultural Site

December 1, 2010

The Liphofung “place of the eland” cave occupies an important place in Lesotho history. This is the smallest of the LHDA reserves at about 4 hectares. The cave is, in fact, a large sandstone overhang, which is a typical feature of the Lesotho lowlands region.

Originally used by the San and other Stone Age people, the walls contain important rock art and a rich archaeological deposit of Stone Age implements. Later, King Moshoeshoe “the Great” used the cave as a stopover when visiting that part of the kingdom.

This particular site lies in a tributary stream valley of the Hololo River just off the main route from Butha-Buthe to Oxbow and Mokhotlong. Access is by means of a newly constructed concrete road and is passable for all vehicles.

A small visitor’s centre incorporating a display of Basotho culture and San rock art has been developed, along with ablution facilities and a small shop. The site is proving to be a popular destination with school groups and tourists en route to Oxbow and AfriSki.

The site was developed almost entirely with local labour and artisans. This means that most of the development costs have been ploughed directly back into the local community. This, in turn, has led to a very strong sense of ownership of the facility by the local communities.


There is a site museum, and local guides will take you around and interpret the historical, cultural and natural significance of the site.  Cultural displays, such as choral singing, and traditional dancing can be arranged with prior booking.  There is a craft outlet and light refreshments are available.


A campsite is available to campers however the Self Catering chalets will only become available early in 2011 (once the new management couple have approval).

How to get there:

GPS Co-Ordinates: S 28º 45′ 16.1  E 028º 29′ 43.1

Enter Lesotho via the Caledornspoort border post. Take the A1 north 20kms towards Oxbow / AfiSki /Mokhotlong and then turn left for a further 7km until you reach Liphofung. You don’t need special transport to get there as it is easily accessible to all vehicles by means of a newly-constructed concrete road.

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  • Reply Lilane van der Merwe May 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Good day, 2 years back we stayed at Liphofung Heritage site in 1 of the Rondavels with only gas. It was a great experience and I would maybe like to stay there again at the end of July.

    Is it possible to send my contact details of the booking agency in Joburg with the prices for the rondawels or other self-catering accommodation, specificly at Liphofung?


  • Reply Lenandie September 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm


    Please send me info regarding the chalets.

    Thank you

  • Reply lerato January 31, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Please advise if there is available accommodation for a couple from the 24th March till 27th. Please advise on the prices as well.

  • Reply Grace Hlabathe June 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    @can I please have your number or e-mail address

  • Reply Neo Mamooe September 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    We are a group of colleagues looking to visit Liphofung as a 1-day trip. Kindly provide us with a contact number so that we can get more information about the place and bookings.

  • Reply THABISO KHOBE March 21, 2018 at 2:05 am


  • Reply Caveman October 22, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The image you have here is of Ha Kome, a completely different cave, elsewhere in Lesotho.

    • Reply Maliba Lodge October 24, 2019 at 12:48 am

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have changed the image.

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