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The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Our first border crossing successfully behind us, we experience Lesotho’s unique beauty and simpler way of life that is both humbling and inspiring. We meet a brave Frenchman, finally understand why the Queen waves in the gentle way that she does and Bow Wow learns an important lesson.


How to Work a Tooth Pick

How to Work a Tooth Pick

Cool cat, Raymond, from Grahamstown, South Africa’s style essentials include: a jaunty berry, gold aviators and a compulsory tooth pick.


Lesotho Style

Lesotho Style

Vivienne Westwood? Alexander McQueen? No this blanket is the traditional dress of Lesotho and depending on it’s pattern and quality, tells of its wearer’s status in the community.


Lanikai (Heavenly Ocean)

Lanikai (Heavenly Ocean)

We met four year old, Lanikai, at J Bay Super Tubes beach, South Africa. Her name means ‘heavenly ocean’ in Hawaiin and she put this natty ensemble together herself.


Bulembu (Photo Diary)

Bulembu (Photo Diary)

Reunited with Bow Wow we made for recently revived Bulembu, once an asbestos mining town and now home to over two hundred AIDS orphans.


Swaziland (Photo Diary)

Swaziland (Photo Diary)

In our support of the charity Back to Africa, we visited their Roan Project at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Stephen Fry was there with the BBC filming an episode of Last Chance to See but even he was out shone by the charismatic Roan Antelopes. We were honoured to spend time with Ted Reilly, Swaziland’s pioneer nature conservationist who provided refuge for the Kingdom’s creatures when they had nowhere else to turn.


Journey to Swaziland via Durban (Photo Diary)

Journey to Swaziland via Durban (Photo Diary)

We catch soccer fever and make more furry friends in balmy Durban. I pass my state vet inspection without even a solitary flea. Lachlan is forced to carry me through a throng of amused football supporters but we are rewarded with a view of the staggering Moses Mandhiba stadium. We enter Swaziland to begin the most important phase of our quest.


To the Wild Coast and Beyond

To the Wild Coast and Beyond

Lachlan does the World’s highest bungy jump and Bow Wow joins a crew of salty surf mutts at J Bay which leads to a chance encounter with rock star scientist Brian Cox. We spend a few luxurious nights with Lucie’s relatives stocking up on biltong and gaining invaluable advice for the trip ahead. Humbled by the Wild Coast we can feel the bittersweet beauty of Africa’s extremes already getting under our skin and touching our hearts.


Growing Up on the Road by Bow Wow

Growing Up on the Road by Bow Wow

We finally hit the road and I learn of my important role on our journey. I meet many weird and wonderful creatures including a demented cockerel, truly terrifying ostriches, insomniac long horned cows, acrobatic monkeys, mountain ponies and donkeys, ice rats and a cheeky jackal who liked the look of my Hill’s dog food! I make some great new friends and sadly lose one too. No one said that growing up on the road was going to be easy.


Getting our Kicks on Route 62

Getting our Kicks on Route 62

We finally left, as ready as we would ever be, on May the 23rd with only two weeks to get to Lesotho and renew our visas! Following the infamous Route 62, we stayed in quirky Montagu, had a drink at the incongruous Ronnie’s Sex Shop, attempted to ride an ostrich and squeezed through a labyrinth of tiny gaps deep underground at the Cango Caves.


Lesotho Road Tripping Recipe (Photo Diary)

Lesotho Road Tripping Recipe (Photo Diary)

High in the Lesotho mountains we meet South African chef, Justin Bonello and the Cooked in Africa crew. This chance encounter makes us feel, more than ever, that we are on the right track and that perhaps our destiny is written in the stars. We contemplate how, like life, every great road trip is about the journey, not the destination and like every great recipe, there are certain key ingredients that are required…


Trouble in Lesotho (Photo Diary)

Trouble in Lesotho (Photo Diary)

Lachlan receives a proposition from a frisky old lady with blood shot eyes, an afro goatee and more than a faint whiff of beer on her breath. Bow Wow alerts us to an intruder by doing his best Scrappy Doo impersonation and then later mysteriously disappears. We finally find a public telephone and call home but as per usual the line to Westridge is engaged.


The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (Photo Diary)

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (Photo Diary)

Our first border crossing successfully behind us, we experience Lesotho’s unique beauty and simpler way of life that is both humbling and inspiring. We meet a brave Frenchman, finally understand why the Queen waves in the gentle way that she does and Bow Wow learns an important lesson.


Journey to the Wild Coast & Beyond (Photo Diary)

Journey to the Wild Coast & Beyond (Photo Diary)

Lachlan does the World’s highest bungy jump and Bow Wow joins a crew of salty surf mutts at J Bay which leads to a chance encounter with rock star scientist Brian Cox. We spend a few luxurious nights with Lucie’s relatives stocking up on biltong and gaining invaluable advice for the trip ahead. Humbled by the Wild Coast we can feel the bittersweet beauty of Africa’s extremes already getting under our skin and touching our hearts.


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