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Old 05-09-2011, 09:57 AM   #1501
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Keep up the good work and have fun for the rest of us
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:16 AM   #1502
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A few hours later, the sky still in pissing mode, we arrived, totally wet and muddy, in Semonkong, the closest village to the waterfall. But our hopes of finding a campsite to wait out the bad weather to go and see the natural wonder were soon flushed away - the vacationing South-Africans had occupied every space imaginable, and all we could have been able to get was a 600-rand (60 EUR) room. It was way too much, so what we did was we turned around and bumped and slid back along the same road without seeing the Maletsunyane.

A few more hours later, miserable as ever as the water was already pouring in through our Goretex liners, and shivering with cold, we stopped at a lodge in Ramabanta. They sure did offer camping too, but we had had enough, and although the cheapest room they had to offer cost 400 rand (40 EUR), it had a gas heater inside, so we decided to make the sacrifice and opt for the room. As soon as we had checked in, we started to reorganise the furniture in the room so that we could hang our dripping gear in front of the stove. Boy how much steam there was in the air just a few moments later!

We put all our batteries to charge as this can be tricky when camping (at least with our laptop and the mighty Sigma that we do not have a 12V charger for), Kariina cooked some smash and chakalaka (a local speciality) right there on the floor, and after we had eaten the world started to look a better place. Then Kariina jumped into the hot shower where she must have spent at least half an hour, and I meanwhile checked out the bed that very surprisingly had electical heating - opulence at its most! We did turn the heating off though, otherwise we would have been cooked by the morning, I'm afraid.

The next day the gear was almost fully dried, and even the sun came out so we could roll on in a far better mood.



A waterfall.















Things seen in "slow motion" below the waterfall.















Fields in the front, wild in the back.















Panoramas of Lesotho landscapes in different places (click to enlarge each panorama)

























River below...













Village on a mountain...
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:33 AM   #1503
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Wow, guys I would love to catch up with you guys here in Cape Town.

All the best with your journey till then.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:48 AM   #1504
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Bridge and a backup bridge (in case one gets washed away with floods) seen from above.














Crossing the same bridge.















The weather finally got nice - time for a coffee!















Lesotho herder boys clothed up into warm natural clothes - as always, our bike tends to be a huge curiosity object.














Clothed up warm in cold Lesotho.















(Chinese built (read: "painted"?) road disappeared - it's a 5 meter drop from there.

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #1505
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When you finally finish this "journey", I'll be looking forward to the books and DVD set. I know they will be incredible.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:00 AM   #1506
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In. Gotta watch this.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:22 AM   #1507
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Our dream - your life

Guys You are just living our dreams.

To envy it is not nice but You have to agree that your travel is one´s dream!

All the best and for sure, sitting & waiting for your book, in the meantime keeping on reading your chronicles in here!

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Old 05-10-2011, 01:13 PM   #1508
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You would not want to be riding that road at night with bad headlights
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:48 PM   #1509
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You are showing us a new perspective of Africa. Thanks so much!
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:53 AM   #1510
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By noon we found ourselves in Maphutseng, where August's mission is located. In fact, not only is he preaching, but also helping to develop the agriculture in a sustainable way. We were given a rondavel (a round hut) to spend the night in.



Our lovely hut in Maphutseng - was cozy in the inside too!

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Old 05-11-2011, 03:11 AM   #1511
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Fine pics as always, cold and wet here in CT, hope you got more of that fine looking coffee or you will need one of these instant heaters like we use in CT in next PIC. Still hope to hear from you guys down here, maybe share one of these bottles of sandwiches!! Ride Safe.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:21 AM   #1512
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This is the "National Instant Heater" bottle of sandwiches that the whole of SA relies on. Cheers
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:12 AM   #1513
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great Report, awesome photos.
thanks to let us travel with you !

keep on riding safe
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:47 AM   #1514
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Cape Town things to do:

See a sunset from Lion`s Head over Campsbay beach and a full moon rise behind you
Feel the power of the Signal Hill noon day canon as you stand next to it as it fires over CT since the 1800`s and be part of the shot counter adding one.
Have fish and chips on Chapmans peak that you bought from Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay
Sat in the Brass bell in Kalk bay harbour with Old Brown Sherry watching huge waves rolling towards you lapping at the thick glass windows right next to you.
Braai a snoek.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:16 AM   #1515
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By noon we found ourselves in Maphutseng, where August's mission is located. In fact, not only is he preaching, but also helping to develop the agriculture in a sustainable way. We were given a rondavel (a round hut) to spend the night in.



Our lovely hut in Maphutseng - was cozy in the inside too!


Very nice accommodations! Perhaps a few photos from inside? I've been plotting your progress on Google Maps to see where you are each time you say what town you're in. It looks like you are still beside the lake made by the Katse Dam and are at around 2250m (7,380ft) in elevation. Is the lake just below you from the hut?


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