NJC20 Day 10 – 11: Lesotho – Malealea

November 21, 2014 Comments Off on NJC20 Day 10 – 11: Lesotho – Malealea
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we enjoy a magnificent drive to the Lesotho border. On our way we visit a vulture restaurant with the hopes of viewing these fascinating birds. We make our way through the cliff off the Golden Gate National Park before entering Lesotho. For those who want to take part in the well-loved pony trekking excursion (optional) we rise early the next day. During the optional overnight journey, Lesotho villagers will lead you along isolated paths where you can experience exceptional views. If you do not partake in these activities, feel free to stay behind at the lodge and simply unwind. Prior to our departure, we explore the mountain on foot before we pay a visit to the local villages and primary school.

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 artefacts 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: Camp: Malealea Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±370 km
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate,  Visit to Vulture restaurant, Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options
Border Post: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

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