Greetings from Malelea Lodge in the remote hinterlands of the “mountain Kingdom” – the landlocked county of Lesotho (not pronounced how its spelled, rather phonetically you say “Lesootoo”). The country has the highest mountains in Southern Africa and receives significant snowfall at the higher elevations in the winter. There is even a small ski resort in the eastern part of the country!
We drove in from South Africa crossing the border at Maseru – the capital city. Upon giving my passport to the South African immigration officer – he looked it over for a few minutes then frowned and said, “come with me”. He led me into a room and said, “you are not here legally – how did you enter the country?” “Umm through the airport,” I told him. “No you don’t understand,” he continued, “there is no stamp” – oh, that’s easy. I pointed him to the orrect page with the SA stamp and he retreated back into his small square.
The weather forecast at Malealea Lodge is merely a rock hanging from a rope! When the rock is wet, its raining, when the rock is hot its sunny, when the rock is white it is snowing and so forth. Oh and when the rock is missing – the dog has it!
It is about a 6-7 hour drive here from Jo’burg. The last 100 or so clicks are on very small pot holed roads. Lots of people walk on the roads here, public vans continuously stop and take up half of the left lane, not to mention oncoming cars that aggressively pass. You have to continuously be aware when driving. The last 7 clicks into the lodge are on a rutted dirt road crossing over a narrow pass which affords spectacular views of the valley way below…not to mention all the surrounding mountains.
No chance to upload any pictures or videos although we have taken LOTS of each! Will add those to the posts as soon as we get some stable Internet and a break 🙂