Up at 5am today and we are now 2 hours ahead of you all as they don't change the clocks here. So you were all still zizzing away as we left Ficksburg at 5.45 to go into Lesotho and drive for over 3 hours into the mountains to the Katse Dam. It was really spectacular and sadly I can't post all the photos I'd like to. But we drove up and up reaching the Mafika Lisiu Pass at 3090 metres - the twisting steep road with hairpin bends made Berriedale Braes look like a picnic! The morning light and then the evening light on the mountains was wonderful and we passed lots of small villages and settlements with rondavels, children walking literally miles to school and back again, herd boys with their flocks, strips of land being ploughed by oxen on nearly vertical hill slopes and the occasional road worker in the middle of nowhere brushing the road! The queue of children waiting to go into the dam is one class! And the lady weavers are wearing traditional Lesoho hats while weaving baskets for sale. It was an amazing experience and much thanks to Pippa for driving us!

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AuthorMorag Tweedie