Archive for Festivals and Events

Sesotho Language and Culture Weekends

Since 2005, Morija Guest Houses (MGH) has been holding many “Introduction to Sesotho Language and Culture weekends” aimed at expatriates who have come to live and work in Lesotho. They have become indispensable orientation weekends for many. Even knowing just a little bit of the language can make a very big difference to new comers and understanding some basic cultural concepts will prevent awkward situations.

Mamokola teaches a group outside

Mamokola teaches a group outside.

The weekends enable participants to gain confidence when attempting to speak Sesotho, to acquire useful knowledge of Lesotho’s history and Basotho culture and generally to feel more comfortable in their new environment. Because of the beautiful setting of the guest houses, walks are always scheduled in the weekend programme.  Traditional dancers are also invited to perform and the atmosphere of the weekends is always warm and welcoming. Read more

Lesotho High Altitude Summer Marathon

The High Altitude Summer Marathon (HASM) is a road running event held annually in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The first race was run in 2003, under the name of the “Mokhotlong City Marathon”. It started as a 32.2km race initiated by Mr Kokolia Mokonyana, the Secretary General of the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA).

The event name has since changed to “High Altitude Summer Marathon” as has the races format, stretching the distances from 32.2km to 42.2km and the 21.1km and 10km races were added as developmental races.

The HASM is a very challenging sporting competition, even for the most seasoned marathon runner, and yet at the same time affords an invigorating course for the keen athlete. Read more

The Sani Stagger Endurance Race

Drakensburg Rockjumper Sani StaggerThe Sani Stagger is known as ‘The Ultimate Endurance Race” and is an annual event run along the famous Sani Pass in the Southern Drakensberg.  A famous entry point into Lesotho from South Africa’s Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, the Sani Pass is also the location for the Sani Stagger endurance race. It comprises a tough 42km marathon and a more sedate 21km half marathon. Organised by the local Sani Athletic Club, under the rules of both Athletics South Africa and KwaZulu Natal Athletics, it has become a sought after and ‘must do’ race on any racers calendar.

The magnificent Sani Pass climbs through a narrow valley cut deep in the rock by the Mkhomozana River, steeply zigzagging its way up the face of the Drakensberg escarpment to an altitude of 2874m above sea level. The pass was originally developed as a bridal path in 1913, where it remains an important and historic trade route into the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho. The first vehicle negotiated the path in 1948, when it was no more than a boulder littered donkey track. It is now used for the most part by 4×4 vehicles and has become a highlight for tourists visiting the Southern Drakensberg. For runners it is one of Africa’s most unique athletic experiences. Read more

Excitement builds ahead of 2010 Roof of Africa challenge

The article below was written by DR_Staff and is viewable in its original format at Dirt Rider.com

mxlarge.com - Roof of Africa 2009

mxlarge.com - Roof of Africa 2009

Great excitement is building for the 2010 Roof of Africa to be held from 25 to 27 November in the mountains of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The 43rd running of the event promises to be radically different, making it a lot more attractive for competitors and spectators.

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Fouriesburg Spring Fair 2010

Fouriesburg Spring Fair

Fouriesburg Spring Fair 2010

Date:  Saturday, 4 September 2010

Venue:  Fouriesburg and surrounds, South Africa

In celebration of the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer weather, Fouriesburg (only 10km from the Caledonspoort Border Post into Lesotho) is hosting their annual spring fair on the first Saturday of September.

This year, local artists and crafters are creating signage from purely recycled materials, collected by the community. The event will begin with a free 5km fun walk, and is planned to culminate in an evening performance by two of South Africa’s top stand-up comedians: Mel Miller and Al Prodgers. Read more

The Kings Cup Ski and Snowboarding Champs

AfriSki Kings Cup 2010

AfriSki Kings Cup 2010

Venue: AfriSki, Lesotho

The King’s Cup, (in honor of King Letsie III) is the first big event on the local winter snow calendar. This is the 4th running of the event seeing some of SA’s hottest snowboarding and skiing talent take to the slopes with hosts AfriSki seeking to build upon the successes of previous years.

The Kings Cup was organized by local snowboard club Snowboarder.co.za and endorsed by the Lesotho Winter Sports Association as well as Snow Sports SA. The event plays host to the “Inter club championships” in which 9 local ski and snowboard clubs will be fighting it out for club championship honors.

The more serious competition pits top local skiers and snowboarders against one another for top honors. The event includes an Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom and Snowboarding Slope Style event which incorporates a series of five park features including rails and big air. Read more

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