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Motherland Guest House offers luxurious, comfortable accommodation in Thaba Tseka, Lesotho. Our location in a small, remote town in a spectacularly beautiful mountainous region means that we offer a unique experience. Step out of your bedroom in the morning to be welcomed by the crisp, cool mountain air. Relax in our garden and admire the scenic views as you watch the town go about its daily life around you.
We are located in the heart of the town, a five-minute walk from shops, a hospital and a bank. We are also ideally positioned for visitors who wish to explore the beauty of the region. For those interested, we offer a number of organised activities and day trips.
Our restaurant is open daily, and offers a selection of delicious, freshly prepared meals. We also have a lounge bar, and a multi-purpose hall that can be hired for conferences or special events.
We have a total of 20 luxurious, comfortable rooms. Our 14 standard rooms cater to all our guests' needs, and ensure a cosy, peaceful and relaxing visit. We also have 6 spacious and stylish executive rooms for those looking for an extra indulgent stay.
Our restaurant is open daily from 7am to 10pm. Our kitchen closes at 9pm.
Our à la carte menu features a variety of dishes, including some local favourites. We also have set buffet menus, which can be customised on request, and are available for special events such as weddings.
Our Executive Chef Ska Moteane custom designed our menu, and oversees all of our kitchen operations. New menu items are frequently added, and we offer specials according to the availability of local seasonal produce.
Our comfortable Lounge Bar features plush couches, a large plasma screen television and a fully stocked bar. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day.
Our multi-purpose hall can accommodate groups of up to 100 people, and can be hired for conferences and for special functions such as weddings and birthday parties.
We are able to fully cater for conferences. We provide three meals a day, as well as morning tea and afternoon tea. Clients can order a customised menu or can choose from our set menus.
Complimentary Wifi access is provided to all our guests.
We are able to cater for on - and off-site special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties. We have in the past catered for functions such as the Prince Lerotholi Horse Race VIP Lunch.
We have deluxe spit braai equipment that we use for special events and that we have available for hiring.
If you would like to enquire about our rates or place a booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.
With a vehicle, it takes only a few minutes to get out of the town of Thaba Tseka, onto winding dirt roads that are ideal for scenic drives. For those interested in walking and hiking, there are endless trails and roads that can be explored in the region.
We offer a number of organised day activities that include transportation and a local guide. These can be customised according to our guests' interests. We are able to arrange hikes, horse riding and picnics in scenic locations. We also offer a shuttle service to nearby attractions such as the Katse Dam.
Ska Moteane is an award-winning Mosotho chef and entrepreneur. She has worked with Motherland Guest House since it began operations in 2010.
Moteane studied Culinary Arts in South Africa, and gained a range of work experience in the country - including as Catering Project Manager for Royal Sechaba Food Services at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and as Product Developer at Woolworths Foods.
In 2009, she returned to Lesotho and began work as a Consultant Chef for a number of local businesses. Some of her chief interests are cultural preservation through food and the importance of using local and seasonal ingredients in the culinary industry.
In 2013, her self-published cookbook Cuisine of the Mountain Kingdom - Cooking in Lesotho won the Best African Cookbook in the World Award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris, France. The cookbook documents a number of traditional Sesotho recipes which had never before been available in print.
Together with three other friends, she founded Flava of Africa, a charity that organises food events that fundraise money for school agricultural programs, while promoting healthy eating and the use of local ingredients. In May 2013, Flava of Africa held a fundraising dinner at Maseru Sun Cabanas which succeeded in raising over M20 000 for three local schools.
In recognition of her work, Moteane was recently invited by Slow Food International to attend an International Food Expo in Torino, Italy in October 2014. This led to the launch of an annual event in Lesotho in celebration of Terra Madre Day, a day that recognises and celebrates the importance of small-scale responsible and sustainable food production.
Moteane is also involved in Slow Food International's 10,000 Gardens in Africa Project, which will allocate small grants to 10 community gardens in Lesotho.
Moteane feels strongly about the importance of supporting the local farming industry. She explains: "As restaurant owners or chefs, it is our responsibility to plan our menus according to what is available seasonally, because it's fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. If we could all do that, I think the farming industry in this country would boom."
In 2014, Moteane joined forces with Alliance Francaise de Maseru and French Chef Thibaud Renard to cook a dinner for 200 people at Lesotho Sun that featured a fusion of French and Basotho cuisine, in celebration of the cultures of both countries.
Most recently, she was named the 2014 winner in the SME sector for Lesotho in CEO Magazine's Africa's Most Influential Women in Business & Government Awards in recognition of her varied work and achievements.
Despite her international accomplishments and travel overseas, however, Moteane insists that Lesotho is home, and that Thaba Tseka especially is where she wants to be.
"The people who work at Motherland Guest House inspire me," she says. "They make it a pleasure to come to work every morning. Thaba Tseka itself is a beautiful place. I love how peaceful and tranquil it is. My family originally comes from Thaba Tseka, so this is home to me, this is where my roots are."
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