This was a successful trip..
I decided to join a group of volunteers going to Lesotho. The mission was to help renovate a school in the Mountains. Carl confirmed and we were off to the border. We had the blessing to assist with the renovations, and permission to camp from the chief of the little town we were to visit. It is located at the end of a winding road into the mountains, and as a result, not many people get to see it. I will not give any other clues than the photos as to its location, in order to respect their privacy and land.
Most of the travelling was done on high altitude tarmac. The mist made things quite difficult and eerie, but also spectacular.
This was not the highest altitude we'd reach.
They were busy building an information and curio center for tourists, but in typical African style, things seemed to be going slowly and dilapidated before even finished. They wanted to charge us for merely visiting, so we left...
And not long after, we left the tarmac.
The seasonal rains did not hold back, and made things interesting at times. This was a steep climb on a somewhat untrustworthy surface.
And it kept going..
Until we reached the mid-stop base camp. We were very early, and waited patiently for the rest of the group to arrive. Even though we met them at a garage in South Africa already, it took a very long time for them to reach us. There were Land Rovers in the group, you see?
I took the time to try and sort out my botched dual battery system installation, and then took a nap.
At least we were not short of amazing views.
And finally everyone arrived.
Now because of the rains (we had some more during the night), the river was swollen, which presented us with a challenge that we were a bit nervous about.
We decided to explore on this side of the river for a while to see if the levels will go down. The below predicament would later prove fatal for one of the Discovery's air suspension bags. The Defender also did not escape unscathed.
We couldn't get him out by going forward.
So I offered to help, much to the embarrassment of the Land Rover owner..
No problems this time.
After seeing two normal taxi's crossing the river without problems, we went ahead.
It is much more intimidating than it looks.
These mountains are still some of the most beautiful places I know.
On one of the long and steep downhills, the driver of the mud playing Defender reported brake failure via the radios. Luckily, he could come to a stop using engine compression.
A repair was quickly made and we continued. We were offered many opportunities for photo stops.
And the road continued to deteriorate
About 200m from our destination, another of the Landies offered another interesting situation.
That sorted, we started with renovations. One group was on bench re-build duty, and I was appointed to install the window frames that I also carrier on the Hilux.
You won't believe the tools that appeared from all those 4x4's..
We finished off and had a braai and went to sleep. The rest of the group were to stay over another day, but my brother and I had different plans. We were heading towards Sani pass.
Some more views.
Hilux, taking a cool drinks break.
Quick group photo.
And some exploring of the surroundings.
I wish I could spend some more time around these..
China is building roads in Lesotho. At a breathtaking rate. Not long before, I rode this road on one of my bike. It was an isolated twin track against the mountain.
It makes quite a difference to the scenery.
This is the view from the Top Of Sani pass. The road had a bad collapse not long before we visited, but it was all fixed up by now.
The pic says it all.
Some more rain that lasted the afternoon and most of the night. I love this pic. Look at the sheep hiding from the rain under the Hilux.
The pass was no issue at all.
Even the bottom part was easy going.
We didn't have quite enough, so we took the scenic route home.
This was a successful trip..
The brothers Janniel and Carl Joubert, travel through Southern Africa as often as they can. They share a love of the outdoors, 4x4s, adventure bikes, camping and enjoying these things with as many gadgets as possible.