Ladybrand is a small agricultural town situated 18 km from Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. Founded in 1867 following the Basotho Wars, it was named after Lady (Catharina) Brand, the wife of the president of the Orange Free State, Johannes Brand.
The settlement of Ladybrand was created by Voortrekkers to give them control over the territories conquered and captured after the above-mentioned Basotho war. In 1900, during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Ladybrand came under the control of the British.
Ladybrand is known for its charm and tranquillity, along with its many sandstone buildings. The area surrounding the town holds some wonderful San rock art, and can be seen on the many beautiful walks and hikes.
Dramatic scenery, ancient history and a warm welcoming community makes Ladybrand a superb holiday and break from city-life.
Things to do in Ladybrand include:
Catharina Brand Museum – The Catharina Brand Museum in town has interesting displays related to archaeological material found in the area.
Rose Cottage Cave – San paintings and the ashes of a 50 000-year-old fire have been found at Rose Cottage Cave, three kilometres outside Ladybrand.
Modderpoort Cave Church – Modderpoort is an Anglican Retreat 10 kilometres from town on the site of a former mission station. It is also the location of the grave of a Basotho prophet, Mantsopa. The main attraction here is a cave, used by the early missionaries as both home and church.
Tandjiesberg – The rock art at Tandjiesberg outside Ladybrand is a National Heritage Site. Getting there involves some walking. Much of it is faded, and some prior research on the images will make the trip more valuable.
The Steve Visser Hiking Trail is a two-day walk beginning at Leiehoek Holiday Resort.