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Dec 6, 2013 - Maseru via Roma & Then to Thaba Bosiu

From Bonnie's Journal: So, about 7:30 the next morning we checked out and told the fellow we wanted to go on the first bus to Maseru. In about 10-15 minutes he told us the bus was leaving. We went and got on - Great! - it was leaving early, that was good. We were just closing the door when Lesley came and asked if we'd like to ride with them to Roma. Wow - how nice! We said sure, and got out. That turned out to be a very unfortunate decision for me. It was fun talking with them some more for sure, but by going to Roma instead of Maseru we -...

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Dec 4, 2013 - Maseru

We got up and out to the minibus station by 9:00, just in time to see the first bus to Maseru border pull out. Rats! We watched it go, knowing we were probably looking at a 1-2 hr. wait before the next bus filled and would leave. We were right - 11:00 a.m. we left. It's about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs to the Maseru border from Bloemfontein, and its a fun, no hassles, walk across the river border. We loved it! There's a sign on the Lesotho side that says: "They Call it Africa, We Call it Home". Good sign. Mari wanted to stop at the Tourist Info at the...

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Oct 31, 2012 - Bloemfontein to Lesotho

Hi - The trip South on the bus is pleasant enough: modern and roomy compared to many of the buses over the years in developing countries; religious programming plays on the overhead monitors. No livestock aboard but I do end up holding a small child while his mother deals with other issues. We are jointly amused. During our regular rest stops at modern highway stops I have brief conversations with a variety of other passengers and begin to loosen up. At the Bloemfontein station my B&B host, Jan, meets me. I had expected a petite woman and...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Lesotho - zu Fuss ins gebirgige Koenigreich

Eine Fahrerlaubnis der Mietagentur fuer Lesotho haben wir nicht, Allrad und eine vorgeschriebene hoehere Bodenfreiheit, haben wir auch nicht. Der einzig oeffentliche Minibus (Toyota Hiace mit in Europa zugelassenen 9 Sitzen) sollte uns spaeter kuehlerrauchend im Schritttempo mit mindestens 17 Insassen samt Gepaeck am Abgund dahinkriechend ueberholen, und kam daher rein „komfort“- und vor allem sicherheitstechnisch absolut nicht in Frage. Esel oder Pferd konnten wir hier auch nicht mieten. Viel Moeglichkeiten gab s fuer uns also nicht mehr,...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Man of the Mountains

It was time. I was saying my goodbyes to my parents, grandparents, brothers and sister all of whom were wearing very nervous faces... nervous but excited. Pulling out of the drive way I bumped my little brothers car. "Oops, that wasn't a good start" is all I said while I continued out the drive and around the corner. My first planned stop would be Kokstad which is close on 200km away from Margate. It would be perfect to test how far I could go on my 6 liter tank of petrol. As I say maybe my planning wasn't so good. 196km... that will do....

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Aug 30, 2008 - a quick trip to Lesotho – the Mountain Kingdom

We have just had 3 days in Lesotho. Lesotho is a small country which is physically within South Africa. It is the homeland of the Basotho people. It is mountainous (is that a word?) and you need a 4-wheel drive to get around if you are not on the major highways. As a result we were unable to see some of things in the areas we were near, in particular dinosaur remains, 19th century cave dwellings and rock art. We think it was a good country for Arabella to see as it is more like “the real Africa” – as Darren calls it, “black Africa”, which...

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Dec 17, 2006 - Lesotho 911 - Shakedown!

There we were ... on the corner in downtown Maseru delicately working out other options to appearing in court the next day for turning down a one-way street ... a poorly marked oneway street, I might add. In fairness, we were technically in the wrong, we turned off the main drag to get oriented, and unwittingly wound up the wrong way on a one way street. "Why are you driving so recklessly?" I was asked. Now the reckless thing would have been to turn back into the fast moving traffic instead of continuing down the virtually empty street, but...

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Reilly on the Road

Apr 6, 2006 - Ladybrand

Very shortly after we left the campground we found ourselves in a road block, rapidly lengthened by the RV's joining behind us. What could be the problem? Pork! Apparently there is a pig disease going around and the local militia wanted to search our vehicles to see if we had any pork chops? Live pigs? Not clear. Perhaps the real motivation was to see the insides of our vehicles. My package of frozen chicken got a thorough going over. Another RV had an open package of sausage confiscated. With that serious concern addressed, we followed our...

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May 20, 2005 - Pony trekking in Lesotho

Lesotho! That kindom of the sky, the only country completely surrounded by one other country, and with the highest low point of any country. Anyways, so like why not do a 4 day trek riding a pony, stay in some villages, and try to educate the kids that asking for sweets is just plain rude until you said hello, exchanged a few pleasantries, got to know me a bit, and then maybe I'll share some food. And candies are just not good for your teeth. Anyways, me, Christopher (a polish travel writer), and Manseco, our local guide trotted through...

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