Lesotho Trip via Aliwal North, Bloemfontien, Ficksburg, Katse Dam, Sani Pass etc.

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July 5th 2009
Published: July 28th 2012
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The Louw Wepener Monument in disrepair.
I left East London for Bloemfontein to meet up with my friend Danie, that is joining me for a trip through Lesotho. I decided to take the boring N6 to Aliwal North, where I decided to visit some historical sites and to stay over for the night.

On the way on the N6 I stopped at the Louw Wepener Monument that is in a state of disrepair. He was a famous Boer War Hero.

On arrival in Aliwal North I went around to some famous historical sites.

The Concentration Camp Memorial Gardens, Blockhouses, The Memorial Gardens for the British Soldiers killed - all from the Anglo Boer War.

That night i stayed at the Lord Somerset Guest House in the main road. Something unusual is the Ox Wagon bed you sleep in. Apparently Patricia Lewis, the singer occupied this room before. Ha ha.

6 July 2009

Next morning I left for Bloemfontein to meet up with Danie for our trip to Lesotho.

That night I stay over on Danie's farm in Bloemfontein.

7 July 2009

We left the next morning for Ficksburg via Ladybrand. Arriving in Ficksburg we booked into the Highlands Hotel ready to enter Lesotho the next morning. Luckily I bought some long johns at Peps predicting snowy and freezing weather. Thank goodness for that!

8 July 2009

Early the next morning, with our "doggy bags" from the hotel in hand we left a cold Ficksburg on our way to the Katse Dam. We enter through the Border posts without hassles and we were on our way to the Katse Dam. We enter snow covered areas and picture perfect scenes.Took some lovely photos. At the Katse Dam we went for an educational tour of the Dam with a tour leader- amazing experience. We booked in for the night into one of the chalets.

9 July 2009

Next day we left after we filled up at one of the shops "Local Ultra City"- petrol in containers. We then head for Sani Pass via Thaba- Tseka. From Thaba- Tseka we head to Sani Pass. Lesotho is an absolutely beautiful country. Mountains and gravel travel. We encountered more snow on the way and we arrived cold at the top of the Sani Pass. Booked into Sani Top Chalets and because all pipes frozen up we got upgraded to a luxury chalet. Excellent service, supper and drinks at the pub where we met some friendly Belgium people.

10 July 2009

We left to Natal side down The Sani Pass the next morning. Ice patches on a tricky road down. We stopped at a garage in Himeville? where we had a cooldrink, filled up and went our seperate ways. Danie went back to Bloemfontein via the Eastern Freestate and I went back via Matatiele up to Dordrect where I stayed over.

11 July 2009

The next morning up, and back to East London. Tar road all the way.

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Aliwal North

Memorial Concentration Camp- Boer War Jan 1901 to closing on 28/11/1902.
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Aliwal North

Concentration Camp Memorial Camp contained 726 Men, 1622 Women and 2395 children at its peak.
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Aliwal North

Concentration Camp
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Aliwal North

Concentration Camp
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British Blockhouse

This blockhouse in Aliwal North is nearly in ruins.
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Second Blockhouse

Better condition. Monument site.
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Lord Somerset Guest House

My bed for the night!
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Lord Somerset Guest House

In the main road in Aliwal North.
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Bridge over the Orange River

Entering the Free State facing the wrong way. Had to turn to get a nice photo.
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Op Daan se plaas

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Highlands Hotel, Ficksburg

Danie in front of the hotel

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