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The town is half sleepy Free State farming town and half an expat refuge for workers in nearby Lesotho. The town´s economy is very dependent on Maseru (the Lesotho capital), many development workers and factory owners live here and commute across the border daily. Due to this Ladybrand supports several excellent restaurants, a good supermarket and other businesses to cater for the expat Rand.
A pair of shoes is all you need.
The sandstone church in the centre of town is the main landmark. There is an old airstrip runway that makes for a nice perspective photo. As with many eastern Free State towns there are some pleasing old houses dotted around.
There are some nice walks around the edge of town - head west towards the hills behind Ladybrand. You can also play a round of golf at the club, horse ride, paintball, and other things, ask in the tourist information office. The Oldenburg Lodge 10km up the road offers horse riding, games drives, rock climbing and other activities.
For those reading this page before taking up a job in Maseru its worth noting that in general the prices of goods are the same or cheaper in Ladybrand, especially for white goods and furniture, however delivery charges may well exceed the savings compared to purchasing things in Maseru.
Cheaters (opposite Spar) offers the best place for a drink. Spizzy Pizza In summer makes a good place to sip a beer under the veranda, watching the sun set behind the church. Ciao Ciao Cocktail Lounge enjoy the chilled atmoshere.
Its worth noting that Ladybrand offers considerably better accommodation than Maseru. You will you pay a lot more for a worse room in Maseru. Compare the Lesotho Sun (R700+ per night) with Cranberry Cottage (R350) for example.