The Trading Post Affectionately called "Ha Basiane" by the Basotho after John Thorn, who established Roma Trading Post in 1903 and lived here until his death in 1957. Today, the 4th generation of Thorns still live in this scenic place among the rocky foothills of the Maloti Mountains. Until early 2017, donkeys were still herded daily to the store, bringing grain for grinding. Cattle and pigs and chickens roamed freely among the blanket clad horsemen who came to shop at the Trading Post. Little it seems, had changed since "Basiane" arrived in 1903 to establish his base shop for pioneering his trade into the blue Maloti's. With trade becoming increasingly competitive, Ashley Thorn decided to convert a part of the original Trading Post into a tourism facility. This move made him one of the pioneers of tourism in Lesotho and he continues to be an advisor to the notorious Roof of Africa Rally. Today the Roma Trading Post Lodge is one of Lesotho’s most popular destinations and a meeting place for local and international travellers.
HISTORY OF ROMA
In 1862 King Moshoeshoe allowed Father Gerard and his missionaries to settle in a vast amphitheatre in an area known today as the Roma Valley. Here Father Gerard established his first Catholic Mission in Lesotho. The Roma valley is the most important educational centre in Lesotho, housing the National University of Lesotho, whose humble beginnings, the Pius xii College, date back to April 1945. Roma today is also home to 3 seminaries, St Joseph's Hospital, two high schools and junior schools.
Meals on Request
& Fire Pit
“I love spending time at the Roma Trading Post. The staff are super friendly, and the rooms are spacious and cosy. I love the comfortable beds with matching linens, and the coffee and tea maker in each room.”
Los Angeles, California, United States
“We were visiting a friend in Maseru and he took us here for a weekend getaway. Hard to describe just what a peaceful and lush place this is. I'll never forget the stunning afro-alpine views and our fun-if-slightly-risky horse-back ride. On top of everything, the lodge is run by the loveliest of hosts. Highly recommended!”
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"What a delight, we were pleasantly surprised with The Trading post. We stayed over for one night in the main house, the service and food was of the highest quality. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Will definitely visit them again."
Kempton Park, South Africa