Discovering Lesotho

I haven’t explored Lesotho much, but my recent epic (and quite unexpected) opportunity to explore the Sehlabathebe region on horseback has given me a unique glimpse of life in Lesotho.

To start with, I felt a bit like that chap on the comical travel documentary, ‘Idiot abroad,’ when I arrived in Underberg with my bags bursting at the seams, stuffed with every piece of warm clothing I have ever owned and completely unaware of what was just about to take place. To find out that I would not be driving to Lesotho in a 4×4 but would be riding on horseback. I quickly realised that the only real way to cope with something like this was to laugh at myself and to completely embrace the experience, despite looking like an Idiot-on-a-horse!

And so I did; I smashed open that door to Lesotho and walked (or more precisely, bounced) my way in. As we came up over the horizon of  Thamathu Nek, an arid and seemingly inhospitable kingdom of mountains and grass plains stretched out before me for as far as I could see. Horses, cattle and sheep grazed in the distance and small Basotho houses dotted the hills; blending in with the winter landscapes.

If there is any perfect word to describe Lesotho, it must be ‘freedom.’  It’s a place that pulls you in; a place of solitude and space, a place where the wind is in your hair as your horse thunders across the countryside, and nothing else matters but ‘now.’

I’ve only taken a few steps in but I eagerly await my next trip into Lesotho, whenever that may be; to explore this incredible land, to learn about its people and to venture deeper into the mountains.

I’d like to thank Khotso Horses for the most memorable and inspiring trek into Lesotho  and of course for getting me back onto a horse after all these years! It beats going in a vehicle any day!

Check out my UNEXPECTED 3 day pony trek into Lesotho…after not having ridden a horse for 20 years!

This is what I saw…

Basotho Cattle

Basotho building

Stick Collector

A Basotho woman returns home with a rare find: sticks for a fire.

Cow Patty fire

Dry cow dung ‘patties’ are used to ‘burn’ as a replacement for wood and charcoal. This batch will last a family for 2 weeks.

Khotso Horse trails

Pony-trekking in Lesotho with Khotso Horses

Lesotho cave

A cave used as shelter for livestock and to protect them from the cold, from theft and jackal.

Basotho children

These young Basotho herdsmen do not ride with a bridle. They use rope to control and steer their Basotho ponies.

Lesotho window

Khotso Horse trails

The spectacular canyon we rode through and picnicked at on our ‘Khotso Horses’ pony trek

Basotho Shephard

Newborn baby

Newborns are kept inside for the first couple of months, away from the elements.

Kingdom in the sky

Storm over Underberg rolling into Lesotho

Aeroplane in the sky

A little boy peers up into the sky at passing aeroplane

Father and son

A Father who works and lives in South Africa on his annual return trip to Lesotho. A special moment between father and son.

Sehlabathebe region

Lesotho Landscape

View from the Khotso Horse trails private Basotho-style lodge

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  1. What else can I say but, terrific writing that takes me back to my days living below the mountains in Ficksburg. Fabulous pictures! Wow!__