NAJCSG Day 10 – 11: Lesotho – Malealea

September 21, 2017 Comments Off on NAJCSG Day 10 – 11: Lesotho – Malealea
Andrew Walton
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Lesotho – Malealea

We start the day making our way to Lesotho. We travel through picturesque mountains and stop at a vulture restaurant with the opportunity of viewing these interesting animals. On route we pass through the beautiful escarpment off the Golden Gate National Park and we arrive at our destination in the afternoon.

Waking up to the fresh mountainous air, we head out on foot exploring this magnificent region today. An optional pony trekking excursion is made available in the afternoon.  If you do not partake in these activities, feel free to stay behind at the lodge and simply unwind. We end the day by visiting a village in the area. The Basotho are an ethnic group whose ancestors have live in this area for over hundreds of years.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country situated in the middle of South Africa and is one of the few African countries with natural boundaries formed due to tribal demands, rather than those forced by colonial ruling. Like Swaziland, Lesotho is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa, but in contrast to Swaziland, Lesotho’s King serves a mostly ceremonial function whilst the Prime Minister retains executive authority. This small country has very little natural resources and due to overpopulation, the agricultural potential has reduced. However, what the country does have is a big heart comprised of awe-inspiring natural splendour and plenty of hospitable, friendly people. The towering Maluti Mountains spread over majority of Lesotho. These mountains are a rough and untamed range that form their very own climate which inevitably leads to sudden falls in temperature as well as mighty thunderstorms. The earliest recorded occupants of Lesotho were the Khoisan hunter-gatherers. Proof of their inhabitance dates back to at least 30,000 years ago, with cave paintings along with other San artifacts discovered in various dispersed sites all over Southern Africa, plenty of which were found in Lesotho. The Khoisan’s artworks have given us a glimpse into their lifestyle as well as their deep spiritual bond with the earth and animals. However, the San (referred to as Bushmen by colonial settlers and as Baroa by the Basotho tribes of Bantu origin) were mistreated from the instant they were discovered by outsiders, and have long ago withdrawn to the sands of the Kalahari, their last remaining sanctuary.

Accommodation: Malealea Lodge
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Drakensberg to Lesotho
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate / Vulture Centre visit, Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

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