Photos of Roma Valley, Lesotho

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Roma Valley

Roma is a settlement in the Maseru District of Lesotho, around 34 kilometres south-east of Maseru. It was founded in 1862 by Roman Catholic missionaries: hence the name.

Mafikeng village
 
Valley behind Roma
 
University Campus
 
Driving cattle
 
Ha Mafefoane village
 
Boys' Liphotha dance
 
Maphotong village
 
Riding a donkey
 
Bringing firewood
 
Ha Mafefoane houses
 
Ha Mafefoane road
 
Ha Mafefoane village
 

Roma now has three seminaries and various novitiates, and it was here that on 1 January 1964, Plus XII University College was replaced by the independent, non-denominational University of Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate, and Swaziland; after independence in 1966, U.B.B.S. became the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. On 20 October 1975 the Lesotho campus of U.B.L.S. became the National University of Lesotho.

The Roma valley is broad and fertile, and is surrounded by sandstone cliffs topped to the East by basalt mountains which provide magnificent scenery. There are a number of villages in the valley, like Ha Mafefoane, Mafikeng and Maphotong.

As everywhere, people are friendly and sometimes you may come across spontaneous displays of traditional song and dance, like boys doing the "Liphotha" or "Gum Boot Dance", actually an import from South Africa, that came about when mine workers would dance in their gum boots, singing, clapping their hands and slapping the sides of their boots instead of using drums.