Amazing Lesotho: horse riding trek

Trip Start Jan 19, 2009
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Kingdom of the sky....

Lesotho, lost in the middle of South Africa. This small mountainous country, completely surrounded by South Africa, is amazingly beautiful. After 3 months in Joburg, it was a welcomed breath of fresh (very fresh at night!) air.
 
Mum and I spent 3 days horse riding in the area of a village called Malealea, South-West of the country, overlooking the beautiful Maloti range of mountains. The lodge has developed a good eco-tourism offer and many horse riding and hiking trails with the locals. The landscapes are stunning, gorges, rivers, valleys, peaks, donkeys, smiling children, herdmen and their sheeps... The sky and the light is always changing and it's great for practising my newly learnt photography skills!

The villagers are still living a tough life, no running water, no electricity, and we experienced it with them. We arrived in the village for our overnight stay, after 7 hours horse riding, were greeted by the children, the pigs, the cats, the dogs.... made a bonfire to get warm, watched the amazing stars, cooked at the candle light, and went to bed at 9! Not the London way of life... Mum said it reminded her of her childhood... waouh, we do not always realise how easy our lives are.

In the lodge, I meet Kim and Sibongile, 2 South African girls from Durban, doing a workshop in the village with orphans and their guardians for the NGO "Clowns without borders". Sibongile is a professional juggler and clown (!) and Kim a professional acrobat-fire dancer-drummer-sport trainer... not easy to classify!
I got along very well with them and decide to see what their workshop is all about. After spending half a day with them, the guardians and the kids in the Community hall, I am very enthusiastic and decide to help them out for the full workshop for the next 2 weeks. So I drive Mum back to Joburg so she can catch her plane back home, and am making my way back to Maleala....
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