The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho
(pronunced Le-soo-too) is entirely surrounded by South Africa and in many
ways is dependent upon it. The native Basotho people are amongst the poorest
in the World, living on an escarpment high on the Drakensberg Mountains.
Life expectancy is a mere 35 years.
We travelled into Lesotho via the spectacularly beautiful Sani Pass.
Although this is the only way into the kingdom from the south, it has
only been passable by vehicles for a few decades, and then only to those
The climate is cool and windy - the village we visited was some 3000m
(10,000ft) abve sea level - and the landscape sparse. The villagers made
a meagre living from sheep farming, often involving the men staying way
for months seeking green pasture.
Despite their poverty, we found the villagers friendly. We were treated
to a mouthful of very tasty bread and a sip of sweet beer (an aquired
Looking back into South Africa down the Sani Pass from
Sheep farming in barren, windswept Lesotho
A Basotho lady outside her hut before inviting
us in . . .