Lesotho, hiking and taxi riding

Trip Start Jan 19, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

After a week with mum, 2 weeks with my clown friends and Kim's delicious cooking, it was time to get fit again... So I decided to go hiking to Semongkong, 3 days from Malealea, with my big backpack...

Leaving quite relaxed at 10 am the first day with Teboho my guide and friend, we finished hiking when it was dark....Then on the second day, after a 10h hike, we almost got attacked by dogs in the mountain, and had to be led to the village by small children... The third day, with huge blisters on the feet, we finally made it!

It was really worth it, the landscapes are astonishing and the people extremely friendly. Again that pleasure of sleeping under the amazing stars in a typical basotho hut.

One day, we meet a group of 10 local people riding horses and pushing a guy in front of them. The guy is shouting something is sesotho and Teboho translates for me: "I am a thief, I have stolen 20 sheeps a sold them for 5 rands each" (real value: 800 rands). They were making their own justice: chased him in the mountains, caught him, punishing him by beating him and giving him public shame on their way to the police station...If this is not surreal...!

Once in Semongkong, nestled in the valley, it took me a few days of local taxi riding to reach the famous Sani Pass, 2874 m, the only pass between Lesotho and South Africa on the East side of the country.

Famous with reason. Breath-taking landscape. Check the pictures.

And have a coffee or two in the highest pub of Africa...

Taxi riding proved to be quite easy, the drivers are helpful, you do not feel unsafe at all. I also had to hitch-kike at some point, so I got ready for a long wait, sitting by the side of the road with my book... one car arrives, stops, and gives me a lift! Hey, I have not finished my chapter!

In a nutshell, I loved Lesotho.

I met a French guy who has been travelling in Africa for more than 2 years, and he told me Lesotho was one of his highlights. It was definitely one of mine, and in total I stayed 1 month there !

This is just the beginning of my trip so it seems I would need a few years at that pace :)
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