Lesotho. Roof of Africa. During one of the road trips in South Africa we decided to go to Lesotho. Lesotho is a separate country located in South Africa. It mainly consists of mountains. High mountains. Lesotho is at 2873 m altitude. And there is (yes, we’re still in Africa) snow. And I loved it. There are still tribes living, surrounded by nothing and no one.
And of course we wanted to get to the top. We are using the Sani Pass and travel with a 4×4 with an 80-year-old driver. It was craziness, that road. The curves have names, like the suicide-turn and the Oh my God-bend. Image that with ice on the road. Thank you.
The Sani Pass is the only road that gives access to Lesotho. Along the way we see the ruins of an ancient trading post. What a special environment and what a bizarre nature. Sparkling mountain streams cut through the ravines and the higher we climb by car, the colder it gets. A frozen waterfall. A Black eagle is flying around in search of food. The small sugar bird flies from flower to flower. The Cape rotsklipdassie is hidden on the boulders in the river. And those views of the Drakensberg. Amazing.
And on top, if you think you’re really in the middle of nowhere, you see a sheep guardian looking at you from a distance. The Zulus call the rugged peaks Ukhahlamba: barrier of Spears. A lot of battles between the tribes have been here. Although Lesotho is right in South Africa, it seems like a completely different world. It rains during summer and in winter it freezes it every night. It is the only state in the world above 1000 metres. Lesotho is rich in water. For 300 million Rand per year they sell water to South Africa, bizarre right? Lesotho remains a Principality.
We visit an authentic village, where we learn to bake bread underneath the ground. And I would not be Lauraif I didn’t drink hot chocolate in the highest pub in Africa.