Anyone can tell you that apart from the capital, Maseru, Lesotho is a bit off the beaten track. So too are some of its attractions, like the Kome cave dwellings near the little village of Mateka.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Lesotho and I love its friendly people, I love its climate and its stunning peaks and valleys. I love everything about it except for the disappointment of unfulfilled potential.
You can’t go far in Lesotho without seeing people wrapped in colourful Basotho blankets, or blankets spread out on rocks and bushes to dry after rain. So when someone offers you a peek into their secret language, you don’t refuse.
Lesotho. It’s so beautiful it hurts. Just as picturesque as Switzerland or Austria though nowhere near as wealthy and so, for the tourist, rather less spoiled. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it.
When we first visited Mokala National Park about 80 kilometres southwest of Kimberley three years ago, we loved it. When we went back for an encore in the December holidays, we noticed some new developments, all of them good.
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