Sheate's World Tour 06/07 travel blog

The town of Clarens

Views from the town

On our way to Lesotho

Lesotho border crossing

The chaotic town of Butha-Buthe

Scenery in Lesotho

Anyone for a bubble bath? Clean bath water in our hotel!

As we drove over Oliviershoek Pass, past the lovely Sterkfontein Dam National Reserve towards Harrismith, the clouds broke up and the sun came out - yay! We had a quick stop in Clarens, which is called the jewel of the Free State. It is set against a wonderful rocky outcrop, green hills and the Maluti Mountains. This town is gorgeous. There are 18 art galleries here and the place is awash with money. The town claims Prince Harry and Brad Pitt amongst their locals!

Back on the road we drove through gorgeous scenery and landscapes, even more lush green rolling hills and craggy wind eroded outcrops. We exited South Africa at Caledonspoort and entered Lesotho at Butha-Buthe.

Dumela from Lesotho - Hello from Lesotho

Butha-Buthe is Lesotho's 2nd largest town meaning "Place of Lying Down". This place was in fact quite small but utterly chaotic. Having arrived earlier than planned and being greeted with complete chaos we decided to carry on to the next town of Leribe. Also known as Hlotse, it is a busy regional market hub and served as an administrative centre under the British. After hugging the Maluti Mountains on the one side and an abundance of agricultural land on the other side, we passed many small and in appearance wealthy communities along the way.

After checking into the Leribe Hotel (it was our only option really) we took a walk up to the Shoprite where it was quite apparent that Debs was the only "blonde in the village" and it wasn't long before men started coming up to her to touch her. A little unnerving at first, we sought sanctuary in the shop. As Debbie waited by the door with our backpack everyone that came into the shop did a double take and smiled and said hello to Debs. Back at the hotel we relaxed in their gardens whilst the sun was out.

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