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Lesotho - Africa

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Lesotho is a land of mountains located in the southern portion of Africa. It is known as the 'kingdom in the sky.' It is a land of beauty that draws many to its landscape. It has much to offer that may not be known by most.

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Cher C (1429)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 7:57 am

Thnx for posting sweetie!!!


Kit B (276)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 8:02 am
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Lesotho is a land of mountains located in the southern portion of Africa. It is known as the 'kingdom in the sky.' It is a land of beauty that draws many to its landscape. It has much to offer that may not be known by most.

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1) The Sehlabathebe National Park is a true treasure that should not be missed. Visitors feel like the rest of the world disappears when they journey to this isolated location. It is a wonderful place to hike and admire incredible waterfalls while viewing the scenery and the occasional examples of animal life.

2) A visit into the Drakenburg Mountains is sure to take one's breath away. With soaring heights, an amazing view, and the potential to visit native villages, visitors can get a taste of what the land has to offer. The region is even known as the Roof of Africa. Driving and hiking are methods of choice to take advantage of the view.

3) Dinosaur enthusiasts will be thrilled to visit Lesotho. They can take a walk in the life of a dinosaur by following well-known fossil footprints left behind by dinosaurs of long ago. Visitors will feel like they are journeying back in time to millions of years ago when the giant beasts still roamed the earth.

4) Bird watchers will delight in the vast varieties of birdlife that claim Lesotho as their habitat. Rare birds of the region such as the Drakensburg Siskin and the Orange-Breasted Rockjumper call Lesotho home.Their beauty is sure to inspire awe to any who admire bird life. It offers many photo opportunities.

5) Abseiling at the Maletsunyane Falls is a top attraction in Lesotho. Using a rope to rappel or drop down the rock face, those with a hunger for adventure will find themselves in for quite a trip. At a drop of 204 meters, it holds the claim to fame as the longest abseiling drop that is offered commercially in the world. Making one's way past the falls adds to the experiences as the mist rises up around those daring enough to make the journey.

The area now called The Kingdom of Lesotho (pronounced le-Soo-too) was originally Basutoland. Both names derive from the common language, Sotho, which was spoken by the many groups which united to form the nation in the early 1800s. Lesotho is often referred to as "The Kingdom in the Sky" or "The Switzerland of southern Africa" because of the stark beauty of its rugged mountainous terrain. It is also described as "The Hostage State" due to the unfortunate situation of being completely surrounded by and dependent upon the Republic of South Africa.

Food and Economy

Food in Daily Life.
A three-stone fireplace in the courtyard is the focal point of the Basotho women's daily activity. Here they prepare the pot of cornmeal porridge ( pap-pap ) which is the staple of the Basotho. Usually a sauce of peas, chopped greens, or other vegetables accompanies the thick porridge, and on special occasions a chicken is added to the pot. During the summer season, local peaches, and small, hard fruits add variety to the diet. In the winter, family members sit around the three-stone fireplace and roast ears of dried corn.

A local beer ( joale ) is brewed in a large vat placed on the three-stone fireplace. This beer is the center of informal neighborhood gatherings and provides a small income for the family. Milk is often served as a soured drink.

Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions.
In the villages, cultural rites are predominately centered around the sacrifice of a cow. Funerals often drain a poor family's assets as a cow must be purchased at great expense. A family's honor is dependent on the quality and quantity of food at wedding and funeral gatherings—spit-roasted cow and chicken are mandatory.

Basic Economy.
Lesotho is a developing country with a free-market economy. It boasts few natural resources and is dependent on imported food and materials to meet the basic needs of the population. Nearly all families engage in subsistence farming, consisting mostly of corn, wheat, peas, and beans, but the depleted soil does not yield sufficient crops to feed them. Lesotho's economy is fragile, even with the benefits it derives from South Africa which include a partially shared customs union, a single currency (the South African rand is used interchangeably with the Lesotho loti ), and an integrated communications system. A major sustaining factor in the country's economy is employment found in South African mines, farms, and industries. Approximately 35 percent of active male wage earners work most of the year in surrounding South Africa, resulting in family income but having a detrimental effect on family life. In the United Nations Development Program's ranking of countries of the world in 2000, which considers the factors of life expectancy, income, education, and health care, Lesotho ranked 127th out of 174 countries.

The government of Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy with the capital in Maseru. The country is divided into ten administrative districts. The legal system is based on English common law and Roman Dutch law. The executive branch has a king as chief of state and since 1996 King Letsie III has filled this position. The legislative branch is composed of a bicameral parliament with a senate appointed by the ruling party and an assembly chosen by popular vote. The judicial branch is the high court, with a chief justice appointed by the monarch. The monarchy is hereditary and is a living symbol of national unity with no executive legislative powers. In January 1993 Lesotho became a democracy. The constitution was adopted on 2 April 1993.

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Brad H (21)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 8:35 am

Nicole W (646)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 12:39 pm
ty dear Kit for the excursion

Pat B (356)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 1:35 pm
Beautiful country and sunsets, my dentist went there a couple years ago, and raved about it. He wants to go back in a couple years. Thank you, Kit for our trip today.

Barbara K (60)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 4:55 pm
Thank you for another beautiful vacation, my dear friend, truly lovely.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Friday May 16, 2014, 1:00 am
Thank you for this

Past Member (0)
Friday May 16, 2014, 4:15 am
I've been there - I prefer Swaziland. Go to either one.

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Friday May 16, 2014, 11:30 am
noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday May 16, 2014, 2:23 pm
Thank you for posting, Kit. My husband was born and grew up in South Africa but he never went to Lesotho, which means I was really interested in your video.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday May 16, 2014, 11:15 pm
Thank you!

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 3:26 am
Thank you for another fascinating peak at our world Kit.

. (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:30 am
Thanking you Ms. K.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:06 am
m­y c­o-work­er's st­ep-a­unt mak­es $8­7 h­ourly o­n th­e com­puter . Sh­e has ­bee­n with­out a j­ob fo­r sev­en m­onths ­but la­st mo­nth h­er p­ay wa­s $20­505 jus­t w­orking o­n the­ comp­uter fo­r a f­ew ho­urs.

stra­ight fro­m t­he sou­rce ✒✒✒✒✒✒


Janis K (126)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:20 pm
Thanks for sharing Kit.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 5:45 pm
Mountains and the 3-stone fireplace got me ! Thanks Kit.
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