// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
HA-MOLAPO The Kingdom of Lesotho was a beautiful, mountainous land. It is the only nation in the world to sit entirely above 1000 meters (3280ft) above sea level and it has the highest "low point" of any country--- it's lowest point is 1400 meters (4590 ft). In fact, 80% of the country is above 1800m (6000 ft). It is also one of only three countries in the world completely surrounded by another country, the other two both being in Italy. The landscapes here are without equal. I did a village homestay first in Ha-Molapo. You can see the rondavel (traditional round hut) I stayed in the last two photos. This was the original family house built in the 1950s. You'll also see some San Bushman rock paintings which were nearby, as well as the village witch doctor lady, who read some prophecy bones for my sister.
MOTHOKLONG My second stop in Lesotho was even more adventurous, as we drove into the heart of the country and stayed in a remote mountain-top village of beautiful but barren valleys and freezing temperatures at night. Without electricity we had only a small wood burning stove to keep warm, and without trees around we had precious little wood to burn. At one point we were burning pages of a tattered romance novel. In the last two photos, you can see the lodge we stayed, though like a good Stephen King novel, it had been abandoned between the time I booked it and the time we arrived. Fortunately a young boy lived near by and was able to let us in and stay, and he turned out to be an invaluable caretaker (his photo is below). I was sad to leave Lesotho, but our African road trip had to continue on...