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I have mentioned that the SA border post is halfway up the Sani Pass and the Lesotho border is at the top.  This picture was taken about halfway between the two border posts.

At the bottom of the valley runs a rivulet. If you look closely you will see the Sani Pass road (at least parts of it) as it runs next to and following the contours carved by water over many years. Where we are now in the ascent, the road has done some sharp inclines and is not following the course of the mountain stream anymore.

From Underberg (last Friday's picture) to this point is a steady climb of around 1,400 metres. The top of the pass is about four hundred metres higher. A sign at the top indicates 2873 m above sea level.

comments (32)

Feels like you are on the edge of the world. Half way between heaven and earth. Nice. Love the rich colors and rays of light.
Louis: Thanks John. I guess the feeling stems partly from looking down on hills and mountains that you normally look up to.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 May 2009, 01:18
I love the rich colors, too, Louis. I bet you felt like Moses on the Mount!
Louis: The way I was told, Moses felt tired and couldn't keep his hands in the air. But then I may have the wrong Moses event here, he has been on a number of mountains smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2009, 01:38
Dramatic image Louis
Louis: It is a dramatic assent, thanks vintage
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2009, 02:27
Louis: Right in the gob, hey?
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 20 May 2009, 03:05
This would look great enlarged and framed...
Louis: I have another one that I have stitched and is planning to have it printed on A0. Thanks Larry.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 20 May 2009, 03:47
That looks seriously big. I like deep landscapes like this one!
Louis: Thanks Martin, some more coming up.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2009, 05:20
To see this in real bust be breathtaking, this is the kind of landscape I really love.
Wonderful picture, the sunbeams are slightly seen.
Once we had a student in our house, he came from Lesotho, amazing stories he had to tell, that was 40 years ago.....wonder if things ever did change.
Louis: My first visit to Lesotho was about 20 years ago and in that time nothing realy changed - except for the Katse dam. The Katse was built by SA in Lesotho for water and hydro-electricity. The Lesotho nation shares, but mostly in the jobs and income generated from the deal. It is very difficult and expensive to develop such a mountaneous region - Lesotho is a poor country ...
Thanks for your comment Astrid.
Awesome landscape Louis,the dappled light adds to the atmosphere !!!
Louis: Thanks jim, when I saw the result on my camera I knew it was one to blog.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2009, 07:52
een fascinerend uitzicht- een dramatisch wolkenband werpt zijn schaduwen naar de bergen- your pic reminds me of my Israel/Jordania visits and, sorry, I have a feel like Moses might have had as he stood on the Mountain Nebo while looking at the Promised Country!
Louis: Mmmm, there is a similarity here. When the Voortrekkers moved from the Cape Colony away from British rule, it is said that when they cross the Drakensberg mountains they had a view of the promised land - now known as Natal and what you see in this picture. Only they crossed at another place - the mountain range is long.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2009, 08:01
fantastic landscape, love the cloud shadows
Louis: Thanks zed, I find them special as well.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2009, 08:22
That is gorgeous - I love this!
Louis: Thanks Chris, it was laso nice to be there
Fantastic rich tones and textures, great shot!
Louis: Thank you Clare
It all looks the same to me Louis. On my map they are completely different colours.
Louis: The map makers know what they are doing smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2009, 09:28
between the heavens
Louis: There is a lot of earthy stuff that you forget when up here.
What a lovely image. Love the color and tones. Very dramatic and moody!
Louis: Thanks for the comment DiDi
What a sight Louis. An amazing light/shadow play.
I wish I had visited this place when I was living in SA!
Louis: You can always come again ...
what a threatening clouds these are
Louis: Thanks Chantal, I think they helped a lot with the pictures I took that day.
This is absolutely gorgeous, Louis. The colour in the foreground is awesome. The background with the sun rays is gorgeous and the moment is perfect. It is a likey for me.
Louis: And that is an honour to me
Simply superb.
Louis: Thanks Bill
  • romine
  • Romania
  • 20 May 2009, 12:55
awesome view. i like how they seem to be on different layers. and the sky is quite dramatic. love it
Louis: Thank you romine - a layered land - good description.
I really like that sky Louis. Great shot.
Louis: Thank you Bernie
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 20 May 2009, 16:15
gorgeous scenery louis, south africa has some of the best doesn't it. i was recently in the drakensburg - just stunning!
Louis: Not only SA, I believe Africa is magic.
  • GL@
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2009, 17:01
Dit is weer een plaatje.
Mooi gemaakt!
Louis: Bedankt mijnheer Giepstra. Mooimaken is mijn middelnaam smile
superb Louis well worth the effort to get up there to see a view such as thatsmile
Louis: You are right about that, thanks tim
The nearest we have to this in England is the Hardnott Pass in Cumbria (English Lake District) where the just passable road has hairpin bends in abundance and gradients of 'one in three and half '.
Amazing image Louis. richard
Louis: It must be worth a visit - the Hardnott. Thanks for the comment Richard
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2009, 21:27
stunning landscape louis.
Louis: So it is smile Thanks Padraig.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 21 May 2009, 11:02
Stunning image with wonderful colours.
Louis: Thank you Aussie
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2009, 14:04
odd, captivating light...
Louis: Being nearly at the same height than the clouds does provide less than normal light play than what one is used to. Thanks for the comment Samarth.
Wonderful picture Louis : A likey !!
Louis: A wonderful honour, merci m'sieur
A lovely series here taking shape
Louis: Thank you jamoula
I like this one too, great lighting and colour.
Louis: Thank you Nigel
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2009, 18:47
This is gorgeous Louis... and your title makes it a likey for me. Gives it a very poignant feel somehow.
Louis: It is one of the few places I know where the border posts are so far from each other. Thanks for the likey honour. I guess you now have a break from school - enjoy it.

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