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Lesotho

Stories and Photos from my travels to Lesotho.

Destination 》Africa 》Lesotho

Year Visited: 2018 – Mar

I visited Lesotho as a part of 21 days South Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Lesotho overland tour. In the morning we started our journey from Drakensberg Nation Park in South Africa, with lunch break in Clarens, South Africa, border crossing at Maseru Bridge in afternoon, arriving at our destination, Malealea, Lesotho in the late afternoon.

Lesotho, the Kingdom in the Sky, is a largely mountainous country in Africa with lofty altitude. Lesotho is the only country in the world to be entirely above 1000 m.

Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. Along with the Vatican City and San Marino, it is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country.

Photos below are from my 3 days travel to Lesotho.

We crossed border at the Maseru Bridge to enter the Kingdom in the Sky.
Lesotho being a mountainous country has a very scenic drive.
Lesotho being a mountainous country has a very scenic drive.
Lesotho being a mountainous country has a very scenic drive.

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Lesotho natives are known as the Sotho people, or Basotho, who speak Sesotho. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. The blankets are ubiquitous throughout the country during all seasons, and worn differently by men and women. Basotho also love to wear rubber boots (mostly white) all year around.

Basotho, Lesotho natives, are famous for their traditional costume – hats, blankets and  rubber boots (mostly white).
Basotho, Lesotho natives, are famous for their traditional costume – hats, blankets and  rubber boots (mostly white).
Basotho, Lesotho natives, are famous for their traditional costume – hats, blankets and  rubber boots (mostly white).
Friendly locals waving at our Truck.
The Basotho hat, known as the Mokorotlo is the traditional hat worn by Basotho people. It is a national symbol in Lesotho and it is featured on the national flag and vehicle license plates.
A local woman wearing the Mokorotlo, the Basotho hat.

Our Home for two nights in Lesotho was The Malealea Lodge, nestled in the Makhomalong Valley and surrounded by the beautiful Maloti Mountains. Last 7 km of ride to the Lodge was the most memorable drive of entire trip. It took us more than 30 minutes, you really need a 4×4 to drive on this road.

A warning sign before you enter last 7 KM to the Malealea Lodge.
Gates of Paradise Pass; our lodge was 7 km from this pass; took us more than 30 minutes to reach there, you really need a 4×4 to drive on this road.
At the Gates of Paradise Pass.
Our accommodation at the lodge was in a mokhoro, a traditional Lesotho style of housing.
A very high-tech weather station at our lodge.

That evening the mother nature put on incredible show for us.

Amazing sky during our first evening in Lesotho.
I was lucky to witness almost full rainbow.
Amazing sky during our first evening in Lesotho.

The photos below are from the beautiful Malealea village.

Malealea village.
Malealea village.
Malealea village.
Malealea village.
Basotho ponies are renowned for their sure-footedness in the mountains.
Villagers enjoying sun outside a local bar.
Kids plying in dirt, no need of any fancy toy
Little baby in a traditional Lesotho costume; blanket wrapped around shoulders, warm hat and rubber boots
A villager enjoying Sun
A beautiful Sunflower in Malealea village.
The lady is pouring Umqombothi, a Lesotho home-brewed Beer
My mokhoro for next two nights.

The Kingdom of Lesotho was formed through the pursuit of peace, and this peaceful nature still exists in the Basotho. They are a friendly and welcoming people and do not have the aggressive history, that some of the peoples of neighboring countries have.

Lesotho is a beautiful, culturally rich, affordable and easily accessible from South Africa. Few days in Lesotho’s hospitable mountain lodges and trading posts will give you a fresh perspective on Southern Africa. After two short nights stay in Lesotho, we drove to Graaff Reinet in South Africa.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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