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There were 74 photos from Lesotho on TE. Now there are 75. I will try to share a few more from my 3 days journey through the country. It is certainly a wonderful country that is highly recommended to visit. A part of me wonders why there are not more photos from this country... This photo shows my rondavel at Malealea Lodge that I had for two nights.

Lesotho is one out of 3 kingdoms in Africa, together with Swaziland and Morocco. It is also one out of 3 countries completely surrounded by another one, together with San Marino and Vatican City. Lesotho is a poor country. 40% of the population live below the poverty line. The capital of Maseru is quite developed, but as soon as you reach the countryside, you notice. Especially during the winter months I can expect life must be difficult without proper clothing. The temperatures were down to -5 in the night and people were wearing these traditional basotho blankets.

I stayed two out of my three nights at Malealea Lodge. They had a group of these traditional round houses called rondavels, which you could find pretty much everywhere in southern Africa. There was also a bar where I watched the semifinal of the world cup. Usually they cut the electricity at 10, but this night they cut it as soon as the match finished. The lodge is run in cooperation with the village community and in the lodge you could buy souvenirs made by hand from the locals. In the evening a local band was playing.

Malealea and Lesotho is an excellent place for hiking and pony trekking and I will try to show what I mean with my next photos.

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