The Kingdom of Lesotho is a teeny tiny little land locked country in Southern Africa that I was lucky enough to visit back in November. This country is surrounded by South Africa and is home to 2 million people. Lesotho was a lot like being back in East Africa, it was colourful, the houses were less developed.
Facts about Lesotho
- Nearly half of the population live below the poverty line
- Lesotho has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world
- Lesotho gained independence from the U.K in 1966.
I stayed in a small village called Malealea at the Malealea Lodge. The campsite had stunning views over the surrounding mountains and was considerably cooler than the rest of Africa as we were at a slight altitude of nearly 2000m.
Upon arrival we were graced with a beautiful sunset over the mountains.
The activities that the campsite offered were horse back riding or mountain biking. I chose horse riding as it’s not something that I have done before. A two and a half hour horse riding excursion cost just £12 per person.
The following morning, I went for a nice early morning stroll around the local area to enjoy the peaceful and calm nature of this place. After a few really busy crazy weeks in Namibia and South Africa, Lesotho was a real welcome break and I loved just how peaceful it was.
After my early morning walk, we got introduced to our horses and local guides and headed off on our adventure. All of the locals use these horses as a form of transport every day so it was a great way to get around.
The horses were hilarious, we each gave our horses names and watched them interact with each other. The path was a little hairy at times as we were up and down hills a lot but it was really fun and a nice way to see the countryside.
After an hour we reached our destination which had some bushman paintings on the cliff face. We had to climb down into a gorge to reach the paintings and when we arrived there was a local boy who was happy to discuss with us the meaning behind the paintings.
As we walked further into the gorge there were some local children waiting for us to sing a song and make some money. They were very sweet and we obliged with a bit of money, it was nothing to us but to them it was everything. Most people in Lesotho live on less than $1.25 per day, I can’t even imagine what that must be like.
The surrounding area around the gorge was just beautiful and we took a few moments to just take it all in. We were in a really remote part of a country that most people have never ever heard of. It was very special.
You can check out the horse riding trips here https://www.malealea.com/index.php/activities/pony-trekking-day-treks
We began the ride back to camp but unfortunately my horse decided it was going to have a wee argument with one of the other horses, I got caught in the cross fire and got bitten by another horse. Fortunately it didn’t break the skin but I did have a massive bruise on my leg for the next two weeks. I just added it to my list of strange animal encounters, like when I got bitten by a snake in Malawi or when I got charged by a gorilla in Uganda.
All too soon our time in Lesotho came to an end, I felt very privileged to visit such a unique country and I was so pleased I got to witness its beauty.
Lesotho was also a very special country for me as it was my 50th. Yes I am one of those people who counts countries, yes I take real pleasure in this as well. 50 is a huge mile stone and I’m so pleased that Lesotho was my 50th as I will always remember it. Luckily this was a really relaxed border crossing and the staff allowed me to take this photo to mark the special occasion.
I also included this cute photo of one of the local dogs, he was just so cute.
I visited Lesotho as part of my Ultimate Africa Tucan Travel Tour
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