On the 2nd May 2017, the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture ‘Mamotsie Motsie and her management team continued with her familiarisation tours by taking a two day site visits to Liphofung Heritage Site, Butha-Buthe Tourism Information Centre, Tséhlanyane National Park and Bokong Nature Reserve. Mr Teboho Sekikane, who is the Northern Parks Manager, narrated the background of the Liphofung Caves to the delegation by illustrating the presence of rock art paintings found in the Liphofung Caves as proof that the San people used to live there hundreds of years ago. Secondly, Morena Moshoeshoe together with his warriors used the caves as a sanctuary to nature some of his injured soldiers hurt in war. It is because of features like these that Liphofung Caves is declared as a tourist destination with the help of Lesotho Development Authority. As a result, the Ministry has now constructed self -catering accommodation facilities to complement the traditional huts that are used to display artefacts that showcase the life and times of primitive Basotho.
The next destination was the Butha-Buthe Tourism Information Centre which is intended to be the first point contact for tourists entering Lesotho through Coledonspoort Border Post. From there the delegation went to Tséhlanyane National Park. Mr Selikane said the park was also established by the Lesotho Development Authority as a compensation for livelihoods of surviving endangered species such as plants, animals and people affected by Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The last destination was Bokong Nature Reserve which like other parks also has some wild flora and fauna but differs from other parks with cold temperatures all year around.
As expected, the Honourable Minister interacted with staff members at all these three parks respectively who voiced out their operational issues. When addressing the staff members, the Honourable Minister thanked them for doing such a good job of operating the tourism establishments and promised to attend their challenges as to enhance their capacity of generating even more revenue for the country.