The second day of our Lesotho getaway we headed for the Afriski resort up the Maluti Mountains and it gave us a chance to see beautiful sceneries Lesotho offers.
Where there’s no road, we make one!
After the pretty stuff we faced what Lesotho is known for: The Maluti Mountains. Johannesburg might be 1753 m above sea level, but no drastic height changes occur on the escarpment, giving the illusion that it’s not high. Lesotho offers no such illusions, we started at Maseru 1482 m ending at the resort at 3322 m above sea level, a 1840 m difference in 200 km (about 2 hours drive).
An hour or so into the drive I though ok, this is not so bad, then…
I actually missed the sign as I was driving and fully focused on the road ahead and nothing else. A few seconds on, they advise that you stick to the lower gears. I was alternating between gear 2 and 3 and the smell of burning tires filled the car, I was only going at a speeds of about 40 km/h. Any faster than 50 km/h then you have a death wish. The road is treacherous, I strongly advice against driving at night, or in the rain.
And then you can see it; you’re on top of the world. Over 3 km above sea level!
And the world below is like from a fantasy..