A Day on the Basotho Ponies

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, June 2, 2006

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A day in the Drakensbergs without any hiking - shock horror. We checked out some gift shops in the morning - what, things were even worse a day shopping! Actually not too much of interest in the shops around here. We also visited a ceramics manufacturers where we saw the type of things you'd expect your posh great aunt Edna to have her cabinet full of. Truly horrific. Some of the things my great aunt Edna may not have owned though were the pots with the zebra's mating or the monkey having a play with himself. Not too sure if anyone would own these monstrosities!

I did however make a very tacky purchase myself that day a wood carved Zulu, dressed in his traditional regalia and holding a spear! I think he's great.

My afternoon that day may surprise some of you who know more about me - I went out on a horse. To set the scene I've only been on a couple of horses before, once in Montana, where good old Digger my horse out there decided to roll in the dust to cool off, the problem was I was still mounted on him at this time! The second time was when I did a 2 day trek in Bolivia following Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids final route. This ended at lunch on the first day after we realized our butts couldn't take it any more. We ended up getting drunk at the local beers store only to find the hotel was closed and we'd have to spend our evening sleeping on goatskins with a family of 10 on the local post office floor. The ride home the next day was pain every step of the way.

Surprisingly the ride on the Basotho ponies was very successful and we even got up to a trot and a canter without any incidents. WE went with a company called Khotso Horse Trails.

The scenery was particularly nice and consisted of small hills of brown grass with the occasional acacia tree - one that was reputed to be one of the largest in Africa.

The horse we took were called Basotho ponies and are used all over the Lesotho highlands. A suggested to Erica we did a multiday trek on these ponies up in the highlands, but she though it was wise to quit while ahead - who am I to argue.

We got some lovely smoked local trout for dinner that evening that we cooked with Alfredo pasta. We polished it off with a nice bottle of wine watching the fantastic sunset.

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