Lesotho is landlocked by neighbouring
South Africa.

It is a country within a country.
It is so mountainous that’s its lowest altitude
is the highest of any country on Earth.
It’s name means “The Mountain Kingdom”.
Lesotho’s geography offers landscapes
that rival New Zealand and the great
parks of the USA for sheer spectacle.
That includes the 400m high
Maletsunyane Falls...
Maletsunyane Falls
Breathtaking gorges...
Topographic wonders that
go on for days and days.
Katse Dam
Water is one of Lesotho’s biggest
exports, sourced from huge
projects like the Katse Dam.
Katse Dam
Sunrise over the Katse Dam.
Outside of the capital city Maseru and
towns like Thsaba Tseka, you’ll find
villages like Ramoliehi.
Here you’ll find huts insulated against the
high altitude, with thatch roofs, wood,
stone and mud.
You’ll need a sturdy vehicle to explore Lesotho:
outside of the capital and main roads, conditions
can be demanding even on 4x4’s.
Most people still make their living off
the land,through subsistence farming
like these carved terrace fields near the
Maletsunyane Falls.
Arable farming is still a way of life here, so herds
of sheep and goat are still part of everyday life
outside of the larger towns.
Farming is done by hand, the
land tilled by hoe and pick to
grow crops.
Horses are still a common method of
transportation in Lesotho. You often see them
galloping off with their riders in the distance as
you drive around the country.
The Basotho people are best-known for these
distinctive blankets. Each print tells a special
story too, and these blankets are exported at
considerable sums.

These are very special; they will accompany the
wearer from birth to death. As an infant you will
be swaddled in your blanket, and when you are
laid to rest you will be wrapped in it too.
These blankets offer protection from
the effects of high altitude, keeping
out the cold but also warding off the
intense sunlight.
This image is edited.... slightly.

This is what a lack of light pollution allows us to see; light a
thousand years old, that light was there before us and will
be there will be when we are gone. I like how it’s enormity
and it’s beauty reminds us of that life is precious because it
does not last forever.
You’ll need to rotate 🔄 your
phone to get the full effect of
the 180 degree view of the
Milky Way that night.

Isn’t it awesome how small we

That’s the emotional power of
the landscape of Lesotho.

Chris is a photographer and visual storyteller.

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