Part 2 – Beware: Hair-Pin Bends Ahead

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.

yellow trees
yellow trees

Where there’s no road, we make one!

moving mountains
moving mountains

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).

the road ahead
the road ahead

An hour or so into the drive I though ok, this is not so bad, then…

they could have said it clearer
they couldn’t have said it any clearer

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!

on top of the world
on top of the world

And the world below is like from a fantasy..

sunset over a plain
sunset over a plain

Beautiful country!

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