17 Juli 2010

walking above the clouds

The Kingdom of Lesotho is quite unaccessible because it is soo high up and surrounded by lots of mountains. The Sani-Pass is the only way to get into it from the Southern side and it took a long and bumpy uphill ride in a trustworthy landrover to get there.

Of course, this was not the end of our trip: We climbed further to get to the top of Hodgson’s peaks, a steep 2 hour-hike and 3256 m above sealevel.

The lack of oxygen was compensated by a spectacular 360 degree view all over the Drakensberg, down to the hills of KwaZulu-Natal and inwards to the highlands where Lesotho ponies and herds of sheep grazed in the distance.

Walking back along the edge and peering down the cliffs makes you feel very small and almost as if this kingdom above the clouds is somehow detached from the rest of the world.

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