In my prior post about Lesotho (pronounced Le-SOO-too), I showed you just a preview of this magnificient country and now I want to tell you more about the place where we stayed, Malealea Lodge. The lodge is located in a remote part of western Lesotho and when arriving, you will feel like you have been transported back in time, way back. The people live mostly as they always have here. They grow their own food, raise their own livestock and live in traditional Basotho huts without running water or electricity. These people are do not have much in terms of material possessions however the smiles and greetings you receive from everyone you pass are bountiful.
View from Malealea Lodge
I have been writing a lot of food-centric posts lately so I wanted to switch gears a bit and tell you about our trip to the Kingdom of Lesotho back over the Easter holidays (yes I am a bit behind on my blogging!). Lesotho is a small independant country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is commonly referred to as the Kingdom in the Sky as its lowest point is 1400m and it is the only country that is entirely over 1000m.
Ever since moving to South Africa, I have heard over and over how we must visit Lesotho. It is so often praised for the sheer beauty of her land and the genuine warmth of her people that I knew I wanted to visit as soon as possible. With a long 4 day weekend for Easter, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a quick first visit.
Road to Peka Bridge Border Crossing. Last 16 km to the border is gravel but a good road
Kensington is a suburb just east of Johannesburg CBD (Central Business District). Established in 1897, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Johannesburg. This area is rich in history and a couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to do a historical walk in Kensington with the Fun Seekers Johannesburg Meetup Group.
Our walk started and ended at the Kensington Bowling Club (traditional English lawn bowling, not the indoor 10 pin style). There were 2 different planned walks, a 4km and a 7km walk. We had initially decided to do the 7km walk in order to explore more of Kensington however what we didn’t know was that it was also planned to do the 7km walk in about the same time as the 4km one. Within the first 5 minutes we found ourselves already lagging behind in the slow group (nothing new here) as we were enjoying snapping photos and listening to our wonderful guide Isabelle reveal the fascinating heritage of Kensington.
The Kensington Club
A couple weekends ago we joined a Meetup group for a lovely hike in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. This reserve is located just 10 km south of central Johannesburg in Mondeor and is home to many species of birds as well as many larger mammals such as springbok and zebra. Even though we had just gotten back from Kruger National Park where zebra sightings were a daily occurrence, one can never get enough of zebras and I was very excited to do this hike and see them so close to home.
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
A couple of weeks ago we moved to Lonehill, one of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. We spent the first 3 months in Pineslopes, right next to Lonehill, and while living there we discovered the lovely Lonehill Nature Reserve. The first time we visited was on a sunny and quite hot New Year’s Day and it was then that I set out on a mission to find us a place to live in Lonehill.
Lonehill Nature Reserve