Lesotho is a small country completely surrounded by South Africa, except for a narrow land border. It is divided into two parts: the mountainous portion, home to the high-altitude mountain gorillas, and the sea side resorts of Mapungubwe and Shabaenhoo.
Few people have had the opportunity to visit Lesotho. It is a flat, barren landscape with no significant rivers, and no plantations or farming. The main settlements are at the coast, but there are numerous smaller settlements in the country’s interior. In all of the low-lying areas, there are wetlands — mangroves and papyrus — and these serve as sanctuaries for a large number of migrating birds.
Sundowner islands are located in various regions in Lesotho. The Indian Ocean has an incredible lagoon in Saint Valentine Bay, a world-class snorkeling and diving destination. Besides these islands, there are sand dunes that rise above 1,500 feet. The rough vegetation and frequentstorms make the region a pleasant place for living, and it is also an excellent place for birdwatching.
IV. Eskdale National Park
The inland park of Eskdale National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. beautified by the vision of the nature Lover Sir Albert Hearst, the park is a haven for the wildlife enthusiast.
It is suitable for the whole family, and you are sure to admire the wide varieties of bird and animal life. The area is also a well-known resting place among the seniors and children for its marvelous beauty.
When in Lesotho, a visit to the charismatic Goukro River is definitely worth your while.The River has its source some distance from the city of Mombasa, but the earliest source is said to be from the Nakuru National Park.
The kobs and brooks are still as powerful as ever, and it is possible to rappel down to the gorge floor. Moreover, if you are so inclined, mountain biking is a sport that should be practiced before preparing a visit to Lesotho: the island has two mountain bike clubs:The Lions Club and The wire laurelled Crusaders. Lions Clubs is situated at the Inspiration Point, planted as a permanent memorial to two lionesses who were trained here, one of whom was this author’s neighbour in Trinidad. The Crusaders was formed in Lesotho by members of the Rhodesian Labor Party during the apartheid years. It is a reminder of the complicated nature of the history of that continent.
V The people
Lesotho’s population is relatively small, contributing to its natural beauty and peace. It is probably most famous for the fact that in 2000 it alone took part in the violent coups that rocked South Africa in the last years. But despite this, it is also home to an impressive diversity of cultures and people. XIII International Cultural Forum was established in Lesotho to promote cultural tourism, and it is worth a visit if you are travelling to this country.
When preparing for your Lesotho vacation, you will want to be aware of the fact that people of this country are very superstitious. To the point where they would stop at nothing to kill a decidedly bad dream, Lesotho is no exception.
So, how do you kill a bad night sleep? Simple: don’t go to sleep! But waking up to a stressful alarm clock is not advisable either. Wake up to a relaxing bath, and do your best to go to sleep. You may have to fight sleep in order to do so, but it is well worth it. Ascending to a higher altitude does tend to calm things down, and when you are gradually rising up to a higher level, night hiking should not be resisted. As you approach the Marble Mountains on the East Coast, thekkomdu (melon moonshine) should be available at night, to celebrate the end of the summer season. Drinking this whilst on the beach makes for a very potent hangover, which is ideal to combat the effects of a stressful year.
The hot season in Lesotho basically runs from May to October, although there are surprising wet seasons too. The North Coast, known as the citrus strip, has warm, sunny summers, and has only two months with cold weather. October till November is the best time to go, as most days are clear and sunny, and the temperatures are warmer. While most day trips outside of these months won’t be realised, travelling during this period can be warmer. It is advisable to carry some warmer clothing for evenings.
December to March is the winter season, with the main rains in the evening around dusk. At this time, most towns are deserted, and the landscape is dotted with few permanent water features.