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.
Beer on hooves, Lesotho.
At once powerful and gentle, Lesotho.
Typical rondavels in a Lesotho village.
Nicolas Lepoutre, life outside the comfort zone.
Playing an instrument he made himself from scrap.
Waving childrens' innocent hope.
Rural Lesotho family.
Bow Wow protecting our camp.
Beautifully bleak landscape, Sehlabathebe National Park.
Some vehicles can find the terrain very tough!
Exploring before sunset.
Kissing Lesotho's Sphinx.
Where's Bow Wow?
The Vagabond Adventurers!
See, it truly was freezing in Lesotho!
Warming up with hot coffee, Sehlabathebe National Park.
Leader of the pack, Lesotho.
Bow Wow eyes up a mountain pony in Lesotho.
Weathered Pony, Lesotho.
Grey Rhebok, Sehlabathebe National Park.
As if to prove our point, the waterfalls that we passed leaving Sehlabathebe National Park had actually iced up, forming frozen stalactites in their mountain cervices. After such bone chilling nights we decided to make for a village called St Theresa which we had heard had a campsite and at a lower altitude we hoped would require slightly less layers.
Our GPS calculated that we would be there in just three hours but it failed to take into account the poor quality of the single track road that we would be driving on. Even local donkeys must struggle up these steep inclines as loose rocks become mighty boulders and with corners so tight, at times, we had to reverse in order to squeeze round and avoid plummeting to our deaths. Lachlan did incredibly well driving in these conditions with not only crummy roads to contend with but also a petrified passenger. At one point I threatened to get out and walk when we had to back down a mountain to allow an oncoming truck to get past. Over six hours later and grateful that this life-threatening roller coaster ride was over, we arrived safely at St Theresa.
Breathtaking scenes from Lesotho.
Scenes from Lesotho.