New site & Drakensbergs

New site & Drakensbergs
These are the mts from our village

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Title: More Vacation Pics
January 11, 2012
After three days at Amphitheatre Backpackers we traveled further south to Sani Pass Lodge.  Sani Pass is the mountain pass into the highest part of Lesotho.  The road through Sani Pass is incredibly steep and windy.  Unfortunately the picture I got (below) doesn’t show the steepest windiest part very well.
The first day of this part of our trip we went back to Lesotho, again with a guide.  This time we climbed to the left side of the “Giant’s Tea Cup.
The area we were in is used for summer sheep pasture because it is so high.  Young boys (12-18 yrs) stay in little huts called “motebo”s.
They have a plant that was flowering while we were there.  I loved the name!  It’s called a “red hot poker flower”! Can you see why?
During this trip into Lesotho we saw more people in traditional dress and more mountains.
The scenery was incredible!  The mountains looked like velvet!
The next day the other three in our PCV group decided to hike to see some more rock art. We opted to walk a nature trail and climb a small peak behind the backpacker
The last stop on our trip was the seacoast city of Durban.  I got to swim in the Indian Ocean!
Then it was a two day trip by buss and African taxi (thnk van packed with people) back to Botchabelo.
A week after we got back there was a huge celebration/ceremony for the unveiling of the tombstone of the father of our host family who had died in January 2011 before we arrived in March.  More about that next time

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