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Qwaqwa in the Eastern Free State is the gateway to Sentinel

QwaQwa was a Bantustan, or homeland, in the eastern part of South Africa. It encompassed a very small region of 655 km² in the east of the former South African province of Orange Free State, bordering Lesotho. Its capital was Phuthaditjhaba. It was the homeland of more than 180,000 Sesotho speaking Basotho people.

QwaQwa means whiter than white, from the Sesotho language, referring to the many sandstone hills of the Drakensberg mountains in which the area is situated. In Afrikaans it was known as Witsieshoek, after the name of a farm.

Qwaqwa is now part of the Free State province.

Attractions in Qwaqwa

  • Sentinel Peak hike to the top of the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg starts in Qwaqwa at the Sentinel Peak Car Park. This is perhaps the hike with the most dramatic views in South Africa.
  • The drive through Qwaqwa is stunning. View villages and homesteads neatly painted houses in colorful murial, and “ditema”, those who know how to interprete the dew rations on these walls will tell you the mood of the woman who painted them. No drive is complete before you meet the young village boys who sell sand-bottles.
  • The well known Basotho Cultural Village, which offers the visitor an unique experience of South Sotho culture and history, is also situated in the Qwaqwa Park.




Accommodation in and around Phuthaditjhaba

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge    accommodation in Phuthaditjhaba
Situated in the newly formed Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge is an ideal place to stay for those visiting the Drakensberg mountains.The Lodge comprises 1 and 2 room bungalows with... More

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