Amusement parks, luxury hotels, beaches are all what classify now as the ‘conventional’ holiday, with a boom from your usual norm of living to relish in royalties and amenities which are not usually available. However, getting your flights to Lesotho will be your rational choice with getting in touch through interaction the other side of the world, a visit worth the choice of the wise, as visualizing a different generation of lifestyle makes one realize how life has evolved so much in such a short span of time, leaving certain areas way behind with regards to development and innovation.
The utmost treasure which is easily revered by Lesotho is the attribute lost by almost the entire developed world today in the quest of gaining an international identity; the outstanding ability of a nation for retaining the ethnic cultures and values remaining widespread in the larger majority of the population. That same the mountainous terrain is already set at a high altitude with certain peaks snow-capped throughout the year, ensuring the remote nature of certain villages remaining inaccessible through normal roads.
The main means of land transport for inter-regional commutation are 4×4’s or SUVs in case of longer distances whereas horses are used for shorter distances. The tough life for the people indigenous to towns like Semonkong can be imagined from the unavailability of basic utility services like electricity, gas or water; the women of the general household are visible to travel in groups towards the local well for access to underground freshwater streams as well as chopping down firewood for easy combustion which is brought by the men.
With ample green vegetation spread over Lesotho’s landscape, men are engrossed in supervising grazing duties over their livestock, taken as an element of pride and prestige as cattle is decorated and adorned with bright colourful fabrics while celebrating customary occasions. Semonkong Lodge is the only official tourist resort in the region, with seasonal visitors coming in for hiking, trekking, fishing and camping.
The hospitality of the society can be ascertained when they offer their own ‘guest huts’ to travelling tourists for spending the night in, allowing you a wonderful opportunity to blend in with the locals getting to know the inner beauty of their social structure. The society’s cohesion is such that everyone steps in at the community level to contribute their share to collective betterment. The topography of Lesotho includes hilly ranges, mountains, cliffs, and smooth valleys as well as gorges.
Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho consists of sporadic settlement with households settled in between small land patches on its outskirts. The Mohale and Katsu dams are established within Maseru’s perimeters. As the streaks of sunlight waver through the hills in parallel to their surfaces, the Lesotho mountain kingdom would let any visitor imagine he’s standing where the sun starts to take form every morning.
Your best buy for a souvenir would be an element which represents the skill combined with cultural association identifying it as unique, an attribute found at all the locally produced fabrics, utensils and items for sale at the Thorkild hand weaving and Moteng weaving centres. Butha- Buthe is reserved as the Afri-Ski leisure Kingdom with specified region allotted to snowboarding and biking trails.
Your flight back from Lesotho will certainly leave you pondering back in your mind over the existence of such a wonder on earth as well as an overwhelming concern that it should remain in the same state of serenity as a safe refuge from the fast-paced world of today.