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Africa » Lesotho » Morija April 19th 2010

Yesterday was Joke's birthday so we'd all retired to the bar last night, listening to African music and celebrating her 21st birthday (again). This morning I was woken at 07h30 by the sounds of ululation coming from the village followed by the voices of children singing. It was very magical to wake up to what is imagined to be traditional African sounds. After washing and taking breakfast, we looked at the weather and, donning warm jackets and waterproofs, waited for our ponies to arrive for today was intended to be a long walk into the Lesotho mountains with a Basotho guide.. Paul (not his real name?) sauntered down the path at the relaxed pace of the Basotho, blanket wrapped about him and hat sitting jauntily on his head. In his arms, he carried two waterproof bags ... read more
Paul, our pack horse handler
Local Village
Paul, with our ponies

Africa » Lesotho » Morija April 18th 2010

Last night, I had dry bread for my tea, whilst the others supped their white wine and ate Porterhouse Steaks. However, it was my decision to have the bread. During the meal, lightening provided a backdrop and, shortly afterwards, the rain started. We retired rather quickly to our tents where, for the next 9 hours, heavy rain and strong winds rocked the canvas. However, I believe we all slept. The 05h30 call came as a surprise, as I'd clearly slept well. On hearing the wind and rain though, I decided it best to pack what I could before venturing out. Thus it was that my sleeping mat, rucksack, sleeping bag and pillow were all piled against the tent door before I went for a wash, ready to load into the bus. Feeling much better, I carried ... read more
Golden Gate National Park
Heading into Lesotho
Entry to Lesotho - sponsored by VodaCom

Africa » Lesotho » Morija October 1st 2006

One our first trips into the country was to visit Thaba Bosiu, the hilltop fortress that was used by King Moshoeshoe to resist the Zulu invaders in the 1820’s. Moshoeshoe was a great ruler and diplomat who welcomed and offered assistance to all of the varied peoples who sought refuge from the invading Zulu. Within a short period of time, his small band had expanded to a considerable number, which he united under the Basotho banner to form Basutoland, later called Lesotho. The site at Thaba Bosiu repelled many assaults, at first from the Zulu and later from the Boers. Moshoeshoe’s grave is atop Thaba Bosiu, which is regarded as one of the most important historical sites in Lesotho. We wanted to walk to the top, but we ended up not having time. Today was the ... read more
More striking landscape...
and still more...
erosion landscape

Africa » Lesotho » Morija April 29th 2006

Our sleep at the mission was possibly the best we'd had in Africa so far and we even managed a whopping lie in, 8.30am, somewhat of a record for us! We procrastinated until the last possible minute in the hope that a lift or another option might come our way before deciding on a big bus to a small junction village called Moitsupeli, which was half way back to Maseru and where we were told we could transfer via a short walk to "the other tar road" going South to a place called Malealea, supposedly the jewel of Lesotho. By doing this we figured we could minimise our backtracking as all the roads in Sthn Lesotho were dead ends, well the ones we needed were any way. Whilst waiting for the big bus to depart we ... read more
Setting up shop in Semonkong
Lady Mountains
Sun Flowers




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