Prince Harry comes here as often as he can. Following in his wonderful mother's footsteps by keeping tabs on a school project. The first time I went to Lesotho and the capital Maseru, I hated it. The locals were pretty unfriendly and I couldn't wait to get out of there. This was 32 years ago. Since then we entered Lesotho again a few years ago via the Free State and had a wonderful days drive to the Katse Dam and back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katse_Dam
Here are some photos of the Mountain Kingdom.
The long road ahead into the hills.
Remote little houses dot the landscape....miles from anywhere.
There are no roads so your best best is by horseback or walking.
It looks very nice. I wanted to pass through Lesotho when I went to South Africa, but after much studying of the map, I decided that it was too complicated and would use up my Cape Town time if I went there. It always reassures me to see good roads, because I have been on some bad ones -- and when you are in a foreign country and have no idea where you are going, you really do not enjoy being on a bad road... to perhaps nowhere.
Kerouac - don't let me mislead you. That is the road built especially for the dam. I reckon it's about the best road in Lesotho. Actually I wonder if it even looks that good now The roads are dirt and some only for vehicles in the 4X4 range. Like the one that goes from the bottom of the Drakensberg up the pass. Only 4X4's allowed. We shredded a tire doing it in our X5. Another factor is the weather. The roads are blocked by snow for weeks on end. As you can see, there ain't no snow poles!! Helicopters have to drop supplies to starving communities and cattle.
Ah, that jogs my memory a bit. I think that when I saw on my road map that the roads were not paved, I decided it wasn't the place for me in my compact rental car. Later in my trip, somewhere between Durban and East London, I had to do a long stretch of unpaved road and my main obsession was "when am I going to get back to civilisation?" It just shows how one changes with time, because the road I grew up on was not paved until I was about 5 years old. I still remember the day of the asphalt truck -- so exciting!
Lugg - Another name for Lesotho is "The Mountain Kingdom". Its nothing but mountain, hills and valleys. Hence the main living is from cattle and sheep herding.
Lola - A social life for these people stuck out in the middle of nowhere is mainly derived from gatherings of a religious or tribal nature. Contact with the outside world is sketchy to say the least. Of course in the main towns like Maseru things are very different.