Archive for the ‘Lesotho’ Category

medieval knights in Lesotho??

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Lesotho shepherdsNo, these guys aren’t knights, but rather shepherds.  In the mountains of Lesotho, the temperature can vary greatly.  The Basotho are ready for all weather conditions.  When it’s hot outside, they will take their pants off, but keep the blanket on to cover up.  I quite like their outfits…

my little pony, Duke

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Christine pony trekkingOnce in Lesotho we headed to Molumong, which is about two hours from the Sani Pass, for some pony trekking.  We stayed at an old trading post, now converted into a backpackers lodge.  We only went pony trekking for 3 hours, which turned out to be just long enough to see the countryside, and just short enough to be sore the next day, but still be able to walk.  My horse, Duke was gentle, but didn’t really listen to commands.  No matter what I did, he just followed the other horses.  So, if the other horses started to gallop, than Duke would gallop.  Even if I didn’t want to, I had no choice but to hold on. 

the Sani Pass

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

The Sani Pass
Drakensburg National Park is 243000acres, which means when you are in the park, as far as the eye can see in any direction, you are surrounded by the beauty of it. There are endless peaks and valleys. It’s green and lush, and wild. Before crossing into Lesotho, we decided to stay at the bottom of the Sani Pass and do a morning hike in Drakensburg. The trail was a 5 hour hike, which took us past a few nice waterfalls, and fresh water pools. The following day, we drove the Sani Pass into Lesotho. Years ago the Basotho people would travel on horseback from their country of Lesotho into South Africa to buy/trade supplies. The typical trip would take one week from Mokhotlong(in Lesotho) to the bottom of the pass. The road conditions are much better than in the past, which isn’t saying much. Only 4×4 vehicles are permitted to drive up the Sani Pass. It takes about 4 hours, which includes border control and a stop at the highest bar in Africa, the Sani Top Chalet.