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Basotho horse racing in Lesotho

The first thing I notice is the hats. This is not Ascot, so there are no ladies in ostrich feathers, but a ragged crowd of men wearing everything from gumboots and jeans to big patterned blankets. We’re gathered along a track curving through stubbly fields, with a hazy backdrop of blue mountains. It’s a big race day at the Morija cultural festival, so you might expect the headgear of choice to be the Basotho hat, the woven cone traditionally favoured by herders (and adapted as lampshades in tourist lodges). But I can see only one man in a 150-strong crowd wearing a Basotho hat, and I think he’s doing it ironically. It certainly doesn’t match his T-shirt and jeans.

Basotho jockey complete with traditional blanket , cowboy boots & helmet - Photo by Di Jones

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Lesotho Wildrun 2011 – a truly unimaginable journey

The Lesotho Wildrun 2011 began on a perfect day – no clouds, beautiful blue skies and cool clear air. On the 24th March 2011, 33 runners set off into the Maluti mountains of Lesotho to take on the unknown, and a journey like no other.

Day one of the Lesotho Wildrun is 43.5 kilometers of unmarked mountainous terrain, requiring not only fitness, but navigational savvy and a very strong mind! This day turned out to be somewhat more challenging than most expected, with navigation forming a larger part of the experience than most were prepared for. This is when those that are used to finding their own way excelled, and those more used to running on the road really suffered.

The first long and steep climb to CP1 proved to be the most challenging, with many struggling to stick to the GPS tracklogs and finding themselves a little ‘off course’ now and then. Coupled with very little runnable terrain, this was Not the bit everyone raved about! However, everyone made it, albeit some having taken more ‘detours’ than others! Read more

Camping in Lesotho

 

The mountain kingdom of Lesotho offers some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere in Southern Africa. Lesotho is a fascinating country to travel around by vehicle, with the mountainous terrain offering 4×4 enthusiasts hundreds of exciting rugged routes through the countryside.

Katse Dam

Image: Johan Lötter - 4x4 Community - Katse Dam

There are no fences in Lesotho and the wildlife have the freedom to roam about where they wish, the most common are mountain reedbuck, rhebok, eland, baboon, jackals, meerkat and mongooses. Read more

Top 10 Activities to do in Lesotho

Top10 Lesotho Activities in LesothoPicturesque Lesotho is a perfect destination for adventure tourism. You won’t find the Big Five in any of Lesotho’s parks and reserves, and the wilderness attraction here is predominantly geared towards hikers and pony treks.

Described as the “Kingdom in the sky” or the “Mountain Kingdom”, Lesotho provides memorable scenery for tourists, with its surreal rock formations, abundance of water with lakes, rivers and spectacular waterfalls everywhere, grasslands and unique mountain flora and fauna. It is the unique landscapes of this mountain kingdom that makes any activity that bit more special.

Some of the outdoor activities, which can be performed in Lesotho, are:

1. Fishing

Lesotho Fly Fishing Fred SteynbergFishing in Lesotho is a heavenly experience offering plenty of excitement for the angler. A number of dams and rivers in Lesotho have made fishing one of the most enjoyable leisure activities in the country. September to May is the best time for fishing in Lesotho. The Mountain streams of the Lesotho highlands offer some of the best trout fishing in Africa. The high altitude and cold temperatures lend themselves well to year round trout fishing in Lesotho. Read more

Maletsunyane Falls by Dave Estment

Maletsunyane Falls - Semonkong, Lesotho, Southern Africa

Maletsunyane Falls By Dave Estment

Taking a break on a training weekend for the “Roof of Africa“, we visit Semonkong (“Place of Smoke”). Partly because the Lodge lunch comes highly rated, but mostly to see the famous Maletsunyane Falls. Neither disappoints. Read more

Abseiling the Maletsunyane falls – Take the plunge!

Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho. 2006

Photo by sherburne-photo

For all those adrenaline junkies out there, Lesotho has a very special experience in store for you, a breathtaking/petrifying 40 minute long total adrenaline rush! It is abseiling at its most exciting and attracts many an international daredevil.

Maletsunyane Falls near Semonkong is the venue for this daring feat and as waterfalls go, this is probably the most famous waterfall in the Mountain Kingdom.

Guinness world records logoAt a whopping 204 metres (669ft), it is both the highest single-drop waterfall in Southern Africa and it holds the Guinness World Record for the “highest commercially operated abseil in the world“. That’s quite a resumé when you think about it. Read more

Fishing for wild Lesotho Trout

Fishing in Lesotho is one of the more popular activities and not without good reason. As it offers plenty of excitement for the angler and can be undertaken at numerous sites around the mountain Kingdom. The areas are remote, with difficult access and very few people, as a result fishing pressure is very light and you will have unlimited kilometres of rivers all for yourself.


The trout river fishing season opens each year on the 1st of September and closes on the 31st of May.  Water levels permitting, the best time to fly fish these waters is at the end of September to the end of November and then again from March to May. Trying to fish during the rainy season (December to February) is possibly the worst time to stalk the river banks, as most of the rivers are clouded with silt and the fishing is badly affected. Read more

Prince Harry and Prince William visit Lesotho

Prince Harry and Prince William ride in to Semonkong
Prince Harry and Prince William ride in to Semonkong Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Prince Harry rode into a mountain village on horseback in a colourful African royal procession before introducing his brother William to one of the world’s poorest countries.

As the two brothers began a two-day visit to the southern African nation of Lesotho, Prince Harry was given the rare honour of a royal procession to welcome him to the impoverished kingdom, where his Sentebale charity helps vulnerable children. Read more

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