Sunday November 29, Day trip with s/v Ohana to the country of Lesotho. Lesotho is a small landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. Our tour was with Zulu Safaris. We took the Sani Pass, Lesotho, 4×4 Tour. There were 10 of us traveling in two vehicles, each with a guide.
First stop Pietermaritzburg, 80km NW of Durban. It is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. We had a short tour of the area then stopped at the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in front of City Hall.
Next a drive through the Drakensberg Mountains and up to the Sani Pass into Lesotho. Passports stamped! The Sani Pass is a notoriously dangerous road, which requires the use of a 4×4 vehicle. It is the gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’ a 9km scenic route that links the picturesque scenery of the Drakensberg mountains and mountains of northern Lesotho. The road is full of holes, loose rocks, boulders and gravel. It’s a serie of winding twists, switchbacks, hairpins, plunging drops and spectacular scenery. It is one of the highest roads of the country.
Basotho people are an ethnic group native to Lesotho and South Africa. Villages are often located high in the mountains, above the deep river valleys and flood danger. There you can find many flocks of sheep grazing in the summer growth amongst the villages.
We met Analina, she served us sweet bread and was selling items she had made. We purchased a very nice grass basket and a pair of earrings. After visiting the village we stopped to see Father Emmanuel Siphiwe Thato from the Tower of Strength Ministries where we gave donated items to him.