Newest Review: ... Durban for example. Definitely plan ahead since they are quite popular. Once in Lesotho, there are lots of "on the spot" oppo... more
An African version of Patagonia
Member Name: salutti
Date: 10/08/00, updated on 10/08/00 (10 review reads)
Advantages: friendly, easy access
Disadvantages: not much to do
Getting in from the south, it's a short car trip (a couple of hours including border posts crossing) into the mountains. The ride, although a little rough (always better than walking) offers an exquisite scenery as you get closer into Lesotho.
From South Africa, transportation can be organized quite easily by agencies offering this type of service. Horseback riding is the thing to do there - there are several opportunities to organize a few days' excursions - most are organized from South Africa in Johannesburg or Durban for example. Definitely plan ahead since they are quite popular.
Once in Lesotho, there are lots of "on the spot" opportunities to spend some time with the locals who are very friendly and eager to show you around. It seems to be fairly harsh living in these highlands since not grows there (let us not dwell on the poor economic shape of the country as a whole) because of the altitude and the permanent brush of cold winds. Here and there some horses and goats graze.
Sipping a beer at the local inn (in the village by the border) offers a fine place to relax, enjoy the view and feel utterly retranched from the rest of the world...