Kome Caves

The Kome Caves are a group of cave dwellings made out of mud in the district of Berea, Lesotho 25 km east of Teyateyaneng.[1][2]The caves are still inhabited by the descendants of the original people who built the caves.[3] The site has been classified as a National Heritage Site.[1]


The Kome Cave Dwellings were built and protected by Chief Teleka of The Basia(cat) Clan in the early 19th century.[4] The main purpose for the cave dwellings was to serve as a hideout from other Basotho people who resorted to cannibalism during the drought in the late 18th century.[5] The name of Ha Kome comes from the Kome family in the Basia tribe, the first inhabitants of the cave.[2]


The Kome Cave Dwellings are located in the Berea District about a half an hours drive from Teyateyaneng, the capital of the Berea District, and an hours drive from Maseru, the capital of the Maseru District and Lesotho. The geographical coordinates are S 29° 14′ 38.2 E 027° 52′ 00.2. It is 21 km from Blue Mountain Inn, a three star hotel in Teyateyaneng.[6]


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