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I believe that by now everyone has seen enough of Lesotho and I will finish the series this week. We started about 09:00 in South Africa, drove up the Sani pass and stayed for a couple of hours at the SaniTop Chalets (and Pub) for reasons of fortification. We then crossed over some of the higher parts of southern Africa, travelling from east to west through Lesotho. Many of the pictures show in what desolate parts of that country we were.

The weather ranged from sunshine, windy, rain, very cold and even a short snow storm where the snow was blown horisontaly against the car's windscreen. We could hear the snow hitting the windscreen.

This picture was taken after we started the descent. I took 5 pictures from this viewpoint and had to turn my back on the rain to dry the lens between shots. No raincoat - remember I don't think european :-) An umbrella wouldn't have lasted 10 seconds. When I was taking a picture I had to face a very strong cold wind blowing from the valley below. This picture shows only one drop on the lens, which is why I chose it for the blog :-)

Descending here is very fast via hairpins like those in the valley below. Every turn had evidence of mishaps like headlamp glass and miscelaneous small parts of vehicles on the road.

If you looked at all the pictures in the series, you will realise that the scenery is awesome. The weather helped with providing good pictures. The whole tour took roughly one day, with a wow-factor every half hour.

Yes, I have many more pictures and may show them one day. The Friday picture will be the exit picture of Lesotho - for now.

comments (28)

  • VZ
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 00:31
How would you know that the nuclear test site is right behind this mountain. smile
Louis: You may be right, but I do know there is a heck of a big dam behind the mountain. The Katse Dam built by SA in Lesotho. We buy water and electricity (hydro) from them. Nice arrangement and it provides income and electricity to a poor country.
Yes, WOW!

I have enjoyed this series.

Thank you.
Louis: Thank you John, glad you did.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2009, 05:37
This is utterly fantastic. likeyed!
Louis: That's an honour alex, thank you.
Outstdanding Louis, Likeyed.
Louis: By the master - now that is special - thank you Nigel.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2009, 07:36
Gorgeous image Louis, love the light in the valley
Louis: Thanks Aussie. It was a sightthat will make any photographer pause.
  • Eliza
  • Zimbabwe
  • 10 Jun 2009, 08:18
amazing image louis, this has been such a great series - your pictures really are gorgeous!
Louis: Thank you Eliza, you take care with the neighbours smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jun 2009, 08:20
Powerful, magical stuff, Louis.

In a week you have put Lesotho on my map of fantasy destinations.
Louis: And you can do rock climbing as well.
Oh what tremendous beauty you have captured here, Louis.
Louis: Thanks Chad, I agree about the beauty
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2009, 09:06
Wonderful colours
Louis: Thank you vintage
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 Jun 2009, 09:43
Wonderful Louis, fantastic trip you have taken us on
Louis: At the end of the day, my wife remarked that because of all the experiences it was like being away for a week.
Just a loud WOW for me Louis! Going straight to my likeys.
Hats off Sir!
Louis: Thank you richard and I tip my hat back to you.
Wow, some bad weather apporaching
Louis: It was allready raining with a strong wind.
  • Philine Kleinknecht
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2009, 12:06
wat voor een magisch licht ligt op dit indrukwekkende landschap! Dit moet een geweldig belevenis voor jullie zijn geweest!Heel bedankt voor je interessante aanmerkingen!
Louis: 'T was een geweldige belevenis. De berggebieden is speciaal.
This is a fantastic shot Louis. You have captured it so well.
Louis: The hardest part was to keep the lens dry. Thanks for the comment Bernie.
Wow!! You captured a great landscape in a great way!
Louis: Thank you Frank
  • Astrid
  • not in the Netherlands
  • 10 Jun 2009, 13:28
Louis I was reading your story of the day, smile think not European, well I never think of Lesotho of having snow.....
The series you have shown is amazing, this shot has kept me looking for a long time, seeing things over and over, if there would have been no electrical wires, this easily would pass like a picture of a 1000 years ago.
You did a great job, I think you all had a great experience and exciting moments during this day, thank you again for sharing this fabulous set of pictures.
Louis: Lesotho is the premier source of cold weather for inland South Africa. When it has snowed on the Malutis in Lesotho the wind blows over the snow in our direction. The sun may be shining, but it is still very cold. Thanks for the comment Astrid.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2009, 13:44
the hues are just fantastic, Louis!
Louis: Yes, they are - worth facing the weather for this (I thought). Thanks Kathryn.
Superb dramatic landscape. Excellent
Louis: Thanks Bill, dramatic to drive as well smile
  • GL@
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jun 2009, 17:33
foto nodigt uit om even om het hoekje te willen kijken.
Een bij mij altijd al sterke drang, maar hier gestimuleerd door foto lichtelijk versterkt.
Nice capture!
Louis: Met nieuw gehuwde buren wil ik ook graag om de hoekje kijken. Ook te maken met een drang smile
superb series Louis, a real pleasure to follow itsmile
Louis: Thank you tim, it was fun to do as well.
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 10 Jun 2009, 18:32
Beautiful capture! smile
Louis: Thank you zohre
Highly impressive shot. Love it
Louis: Thank you Albert
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2009, 03:46
Louis: Thanks DrAW!
Magical shot Louis
Louis: Magical place, thanks Edward
Rhaaaaa, lovely likey !
I'm so jealous !!
Louis: Thank you Zeb, you are doing my journey a great honour
This is really incredibly beautiful countryside... the light here is soft and appealing, and the ruggedness is awesome in combination. It reminds me of a series of paintings by a Scottish artist whose name eludes me.
Louis: The scottish comparison came up in my thoughts a lot - especially with the weather we experienced smile
  • Maria
  • South Africa
  • 17 Aug 2009, 17:44
sho! wow! makes me lus for travelling...
Louis: That sounds like wanderlust smile Thanks for the comment Maria
Your pictures are absolutely amazing, I'm definitely a fan. Keep up the great work!
Louis: I will be doing my best Cherise smile

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