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Africa » Lesotho December 10th 2013

The morning we left the Drakensberg Mountains it decided to pour with rain so when we awoke our tents were already soaking wet. It is not much fun taking your tent down in the rain as well as trying to have breakfast in the rain - but we managed to get everything packed into the Mercedes and headed off. We have become so used to travelling in the ‘merc’ and do not miss the Red Fire Engine at all! Today we were visiting yet another African country, firstly passing through what is known as the Free State, to get to Lesotho - our next destination. After a very short while we were travelling on a very long section of really poor quality road - Albert said they had been fixing this road for three years now ... read more
Double-collared Sunbird
Walking in the fields
Walking to work

Africa » Lesotho July 29th 2013

I only did a day trip to Lesotho while I was staying at the Amphitheatre Backpackers in Drakensberg. The tour wasn't cheap, but it was well worth the money. Again, I'll mention the guide, Adrian, who excelled himself in this trip. The other people in the group were a French family of 4, Claire from the UK, Victor from France and a German couple. Lesotho is known as "the mountain kingdom. Even though Lesotho is landlocked by South Africa, it's an independent kingdom. It's the highest country in the world. Surely, one thinks about Tibet or Nepal when you think about the highest country in the world. But it's in Africa. Lesotho is the highest because its highest "lowest point" is 1200m. Odd facts you pick up while traveling. To read about the ... read more
Local kids
Having a break by the rock paintigs

Africa » Lesotho June 12th 2013

This trip was one of those which you kind of regret while you are busy with it, but afterwards, looking at the pictures, it once again becomes an adventure which you would not have missed for anything. The 2 main reasons for this was because 1. we got away too late on the first day, which resulted in a scramble to get to the Lesotho border post in time. (Without sacrificing the nice gravel over the Naude's Nek, the highest pass in South Africa) and 2. because the trip from Ramatsiliso to Sani and then still to Hilton was just too much for one day if you want to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. The result was few pictures and a crash with a big rock because I lost the required concentration. Stupid mistake, but ... read more
Tommie approaching Naudes Nek top.
The result of a "what the heck attitude".
Ramatselitso Gate

Africa » Lesotho May 8th 2013

Geo: -29.61, 28.2336Lesotho is a unique country in Africa. It has never been colonized although was a protectorate of Britain. Their famous leader King Moshoeshoe united many previously fighting Basotho tribes to maintain ownership of the Kingdom in the Sky. They fought Zulu warriors and the Dutch and British. The result of this remarkable history, and obviously more complex than described here, is what appears to be happy people who are very poor. The country has a very different feel from South Africa even though it is completely surrounded by its only neighbouring country, South Africa.We left the Drakensbergs, travelling through the Royal Natal and Golden Gate National Parks observing stunning mountainous scenery and stopping for a quick breakfast in the sweet and very busy little town of Clarens. The town was hosting a well-known off ... read more
A day in the life...
Someone's home
A doorway to ?

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top May 24th 2012

In January 2008,me and my girlfriend Jillian decided to take a trip to Sani Pass and explore Lesotho a bit.At that stage we were on holiday with her mom at Shelly Beach. We left early at about six to Sani Pass via the gravel St Faith Road.The St Faith Road was wet and a bit of a nightmare.The conditions was also misty and rain and the road was quite busy at that time of the day.Eventually we reach the tar road at Highflats.We took a left to Ixopo,and the weather started to clear up a bit.Took a break at the Spar in Ixopo. From Ixopo it was tar road to Underberg where we had breakfast and then onwards to Sani Pass via Himeville. From Himeville we travel towards Sani Pass and pass through the South Arican ... read more
South African Border Post
Lesotho Border Post
From the Top

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top May 20th 2012

Heading into the Drakensberg to do a little hiking we didn’t realize that the reward for a beer would entice us to hike to the highest pub in Africa and walking the Sani pass at 2865m along the way. The Sani Pass we have heard quite a lot about over the years, the views are breathtaking, road is tough and the wind is bone chilling. This is why, like most others, we were looking to do a tour up the pass to reach the famous pub in Lesotho overlooking South Africa. The problem is that they want a large amount of money to do this and at this stage of our trip it just didn’t seem possible. The thing that the tour operators don’t tell you is that it is possible to walk the 18km return ... read more
Hello Lesotho
Our first hike
Keeping warm in the wind

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top March 11th 2012

There are these two small countries on the Southern African continent that we have heard of, but most of us don't know much about them. I name the first one the Kingdom of Swaziland, sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique. I visited Swaziland for 3 days back in 2011. Swaziland is peaceful, and pleaged by HIV....with friendly people and low lying hills. The second little country is Lesotho. To the European that I am, Lesotho is even more of a weird kingdom. The country, basically a "circle" of 180km diameter is stuck inside South Africa. There is no access to the sea here, and to nothing else than South land, or by air. Sadly, the reputation of Maseru, the capital, is way less friendly than the reputation of the Swaziland capital of Manzini. Swaziland is ... read more
Sani pass, up there...
our ride for the day...
Sani lodge backpacker

Africa » Lesotho » Sani Top January 5th 2012

I have decided to do a separate entry about this day because it was a completely different experience from our hike in the Drakkensberg. We were picked up in the morning (which dawned bright and sunny but eventually became cold and rainy at the top of Sani Pass) by our guide Stuart and set out in a group of 7 people in a well-used Land Rover. The day before we had eavesdropped on the owner of Sani Lodge telling a caller that they could attempt to drive up the Pass in their rental car, but they may end up leaving pieces of their engine behind. There was a reason that the only vehicles that we saw on this road were Land Rovers and Land Cruisers and other such four-wheel drives. A few kilometers past Sani Lodge ... read more
The road we will follow
TheTwelve Apostles
Our trusty Land Rover

Africa » Lesotho June 22nd 2011

Lesotho was on my route simply because it is a visa free country and people said there were mountains. I had even considered skipping it due to rumors of snow and negative temperatures, which after over a year in tropical African I was not enthused or prepared to experience. Needless to say, I am glad I went. From the moment we left the South Africa border post and started winding our way upwards on the steep switchbacks that traverse no man’s land, it was clear that Lesotho would be the most culturally and geographically unique country that I have visited in Africa. The Afrikaans family that gave me a lift up Sani Pass, the 2874m southeastern gateway to the kingdom, had the same idea as the majority of tourists who reach the top: take some photos, ... read more
made it!
thanks for the lift

Africa » Lesotho January 7th 2011

1 January 2011 Happy New Year!! Today we were attempting to get to Maseru (the capital of Lesotho) in one day. Public transport isn't great, so it was going to be a challenge. Our first challenge of course was getting from our lodge in the middle of nowhere to the main town of Mothoklong. So we got up early, showered and walked out of the lodge at about 7am. Our best option was to walk along the road and hope for a car we could hitch with or a local mini taxi van. Looking around the emptiness, we really didn't have a lot of confidence. Surprisingly after walking along the road for about 10 minutes, a taxi arrived. This took us all the way into town, a lot quicker than our ute ride last night. At ... read more
Dark and threatening clouds
Sitting out the rain.... he was so happy despite knowing that I was winning...hehe
Playing home made instruments

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