Lesotho – Been There
Getting high on peace in Lesotho
Lesotho has enormous potential as a center for adventure travel.
Maletsunyane Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in southern Africa. A Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s longest single drop abseil, on which you shimmy down a rope drenched in spray from the waterfall, is proudly displayed in the bar where I am drinking.
The following morning, the rain has stopped and we ride to the waterfall. Yet again, I am amazed by the ravishing beauty of this strange and exotic place. The clouds have cleared to reveal high peaks encircling the lodge. We follow the contours of the hillside, past rippling patches of maize and barley. The horses’ hooves squelch in the mud.
One sweeping vista after another unfolds, the constant stream of blanket-clad Basotho creating splashes of brilliant color against the lush green fields. Some are accompanied by donkeys, weighed down by sacks of grain, en route to Semonkong village to shop and trade. Cowbells clank and people shout out greetings to one another.
In such a remote place, where an individual may ride the high mountain trails alone for days to reach a village for supplies, extending greetings to all and sundry is an essential social ritual. “It’s the very depth of rudeness not to greet someone,” says Charles, as we call “Khotso!” (Peace) to everyone we meet.