We left Durban on Feb 7, and stayed at a nice backpacker place called Amphitheater Lodge that night. Then on the 8th, we drove into another new country...the tiny Kingdom of Lesotho.
We made our way out of Durban on a busy 4 to 6 lane highway. At times, I felt like I was driving on highway 401 between Montreal and Toronto. It was that busy. Lots of truck traffic, and a high speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph).
Better slow down to 100 km/h on the corners!
We had a bit of a goal for our drive north from Durban, and that was to see the sculpture of Mandela at the spot where he was captured in 1962. We had read about how totally cool this sculpture is, and we wanted to see it!
Besides the sculpture itself, there is a worthwhile museum at the spot.
Can you see the sculpture? Yep, it's those rods of steel sticking up.
As you get closer, those rods of steel begin to form a shape.
And if you look at them at exactly the right angle, you can clearly see Mandela's face!
We actually stopped and spoke to a family from the U.S. while we were at the sculpture! First Americans that we have met in South Africa. Two college age girls, and their mother. Turns out the girls are from Houston, Texas and their mother is originally from South Africa. Can't figure why more Americans don't come for a visit.
We continued on to the Amphitheater Backpackers near Bergville. Nice spot, and with some great scenery. Once again, we wish we could have stayed longer!
Great view from our room!!
We went for a hike. Tried to follow the signs, and came across this one! Can you imagine my dilemma? Strangely, we went to the big tree!!
And then , we came to a river. We think they had a big thunderstorm the day before and the water levels were still high.
Slept fine, and had a fairly long drive the next day...
Woke up to blue sky and sunshine on the 8th!
Wow...what a view!
And that was only the beginning. Our route too us through South Africa's Golden Gate National Park. We didn't have much time to stop and admire the scenery, but what scenery it was! Another spot we want to go back to and do some hiking!
We stopped in the small city of Ladybrand, South Africa and picked up a weeks worth of groceries. Nice little town actually, but we didn't have time to explore...border crossing only a few minutes ahead!
Heading for Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho
By the way, it's pronounced "Ley-soo-too"!
Crossing into a new country!!
It took us about an hour to do the crossing. You have to check out of South Africa before checking into Lesotho. Checking out, they discovered that we hadn't been given enough time in South Africa, and they had to fix things. It was essentially their mistake, but it took some extra time to fix.
People walk a lot in Lesotho. And it's quite hot, so they carry umbrellas for shade!
We drove for another two hours before we arrived at the Gates of Paradise pass. And they weren't kidding!
Wait until you see the next post! What a gorgeous place!
Our drive 629 kms (390 miles) from (A) Durban to (C) Malealea, Lesotho. With an overnight stop at (B) Bergville.