Things to do


Ladybrand is surrounded by the beautiful hills of the eastern Free State at the foot of the majestic Maluti Mountains in Lesotho was founded in 1867 and named after Lady Catharina Brand, the mother of President Brand , then president of the Orange Free State Colony. Ladybrand, a frontier post was established specifically to defend the conquered territory from the “marauding” Basotho.

Today, it is a cosmopolitan town serving as a trade and business centre on the border of Lesotho as well as being the administrative centre of Mantsopa District Municipality which include the towns of Tweespruit, Excelsior, Thaba Phatswa, and Hobhouse. Many of the inhabitants commute daily to work in Maseru which is 18 kms away.

The area is traversed by the Maluti Route on the R26 from KwaZulu Natal via the Eastern Free State, up to the Eastern Cape highlands and the Lesotho Kingdom.

Ladybrand especially is an economically bustling town with high property prices and sometimes being popularly referred to as the ‘capital’ of Lesotho.



  • Spar Supermarket9AM-7PMGreat supermarket for stocking up before heading in to the (Lesotho) mountains.   
  • Corne Eksteen Art Studio52 Voortrekker street +27824665786By appointmentLocal artist opens his studio to visitors by appointment. He works mainly in Oils and his work covers a diversity of subjects and styles. Free.



Ladybrand is a culinary oasis in this part of the Free State – driven mainly by the exacting standards of the many foreigners living in Ladybrand and Maseru. Prices are very reasonable also.

  • Duck Pond Restaurant & Bar (Attached to Cranberry Cottage), 37 Beeton Street☎ +27 051 924 1961Nice little restaurant dishing out items such as Balsamic Mushrooms with goat's cheese and Caramlized Onions on Bruschetta and Dill and Ginger Fish with Pineapple & Lime Salsa. A recent expansion now allows you to just turn-up-and-go rather than the previous practice of compulsory bookings. 
  • Imperio Robertos (behind Shoprite) is perhaps the best restaurant in town, fantastic steaks, pasta and pizza dishes, nice atmosphere and friendly owner (Roberto) make for a consistently pleasant dining experience.
  • Living Life Station Café  +27519242834 or 0828548550. Based in the old train station. Popular for lunch, lovely setting. Living Life also sells handmade gifts and nik-naks.
  • Little Italy, (Opposite Spar). A good place for lunch – reasonably priced pizza, pasta and salads. Outdoor seating and a takeaway menu.  
  • Spizzy Pizza (near the church) used to be a fantastic cozy little Italian place serving great pizzas. The pizzas are still good but the curiously stark grey interior is a little off-putting.
  • JCs Chinese Restaurant 21 Loop St. 051 924 0555 Cantonese cooking is a pleasant converted house.
  • The Siding, (On the N8 to Maseru, at the bottom of the big hill),  (+27 (0)51 924-0280,  Wholesome South African fare. Do an excellent Sunday lunch. Set in pleasant rural surroundings, with a few walks and nature trails starting from the restaurant grounds, the Siding has been a popular spot for a good few years now. 

*​source: Wikitravel