A Journey through Rural Lesotho | Travel Documentary

A Journey through Rural Lesotho | Travel Documentary


Thanks guys for joining me
on my first official episode of Adventure Calls we’re here in South Africa
about three hours outside Johannesburg and I am heading to the country of Lesotho. Lesotho is a tiny country within South Africa known for its beautiful sceneries,
lots of mountains and Lesotho ponies. So one of the difficulties about being in South Africa is they drive on the opposite side of the road
than in the States, Also I’m driving a standard
and it’s on the wrong side of the road as well and I just learned how to drive a standard
a few months ago. So it should be interesting,
let’s see how it goes. Off to Lesotho we go! The spectacular mountainous country of Lesotho is completely landlocked within South Africa and about five hours drive from Johannesburg. The capital of Maseru is a sprawling modern city
with everything that entails. We would however stick to the rural areas
and explore the back country roads and the unbelievable scenery
the country has to offer. We just crossed the border into Lesotho
about an hour ago. One of the easier border crossings I’ve ever experienced
which was quite a treat seeing as we are in Africa
and we have a car. Never crossed a border with a car before
so that went very smoothly. Now we’re heading to a lodge called Malealea in a very remote corner of southern Lesotho. It’s known for pony trekking and hiking,
a lot of outdoor activities it’s also really known to support the local community with orphanages and schools,
also very conservational so it’s all in all a really good place
to support. If you check it out, the scenery around here,
is absolutely stunning we’re heading into a valley on this incredibly bumpy dirt road, lots of potholes. I’m super stoked to have this truck,
so we don’t end up on the side of the road. But check out the scenery,
it’s absolutely amazing. Malealea Lodge is about a two-hour ride
from the capital. The lodge has a great variety of affordable
accommodation options. We would stay in the camping area
in our sweet rooftop tent which would be our home
for the next few weeks. So one of the main reasons
that I came to Lesotho was because there is a huge equine population. And when I was researching,
I found out about you because you’re a local legend
in Lesotho I’ve heard because you were sponsored to make a bid
at the Beijing Olympics for showjumping. And I’ve been riding since I was about four years old. So tell me a little bit about
how you got started showjumping. My father had so many donkeys. Donkeys? Donkeys not horses. They decided to come to Lesotho
to find a few riders to go to Germany and train. They set up a camp in Maseru
in the police station. I think almost all of them
they were from Maseru and then the rest were police. And then most of the police
they only know horses from the training and then my experience with horses
started when I was really young. So in terms of comparing the riding in Lesotho
and in Germany…it’s so different Even the horses were just so big. So how long were you in Germany
and how long did you train for? We were in Germany altogether nine months. So you were bid to go to the Olympics
and then what happened? Unfortunately they couldn’t get big fishes in with enough money to sponsor us
all the way through. Really an honor to meet you. I think your story is so inspiring
and amazing and I hope that you can inspire young kids
all around the world. That is really what I want to do. So one of the major draw cards for Lesotho
is pony trekking which we’re about to go on about a
5 hour per day pony ride overnight to a really remote village
somewhere out in the mountains. We ride Basuto Ponies,
which are local ponies in Lesotho. They’re known for being super sturdy
and really sure-footed because we’re gonna be going on
some serious mountain passes. After about six hours of horse trekking,
my ass is pretty sore we arrived in our overnight village which is super remote in the middle of
this amazing scenery in Lesotho. We trekked up and down
some of the craziest terrain you can ever imagine on horseback. I can’t believe the horses stayed sound
and didn’t trip or fall. Up and down mountains, through gorges,
crossing rivers, up riverbeds with huge boulders,
it’s pretty amazing. So we’re staying the night
in this village here and it should be pretty interesting. We don’t have any power,
we’re staying in local huts and we brought all our own food,
so it should be pretty cool. Who’s your friend? Oh and I’ve got this tiny little puppy
that’s my new best friend. Our next stop would be near
the town of Semonkong where you can find one of
the world’s highest waterfalls. It is an easy and very picturesque drive
not to be missed if you are headed to Lesotho. I’m here at Maletsunyane,
which is one of Lesotho’s most famous sites. There’s not a lot of tourists around,
so we’re super lucky. I’m like the only one here. It’s one of the highest waterfalls in southern Africa.
Pretty Amazing. These cliffs are super steep
and I’m not really that cool with heights at all. So I’m not personally the hugest fan of HDR,
but in this circumstance it’s perfect. HDR you take several different shots
of high exposure, low exposure and everything in between
and combine them for post. And as you can see with this waterfall,
it’s totally dark and then we’ve got blown out places
over here and the sky is extremely blown out. So when you do HDR,
you create the perfect exposure. So this is kind of the perfect scenario
for HDR photography. I just finished driving over a Matebeng pass,
which was pretty insane. Definitely the most gnarly four-wheel driving
I’ve ever done. Up and down mountains, over boulders,
through these crazy switchbacks. Super, super steep. It’s a pretty incredible drive but I’m definitely glad to be over
hopefully the worst part. Took about three, three and a half hours and now I’m heading to one of the smaller towns. Hopefully we can find some civilization,
in the next couple of hours. One of the things when coming to Lesotho,
I really wanted to make sure I did was give back to the local community. I feel like I travel a lot
and it’s really important to give back. And in my case I raised money with a GoFundMe,
to give school supplies for kids. So I raised money for pencil cases,
pencils, crayons, sharpeners, erasers and calculators. And I’m about to go give them
to a local school in the area. All the schools in the area have signs. It’s about the only thing in Lesotho
that has signs but it always mentions
the schools in the area. So hopefully the more remote the better. I’m really excited to make some kids day,
should be fun! The educational system in Lesotho
is really quite remarkable and the adult literacy rate
is above most of Africa’s as well as many countries in the world. Primary education in Lesotho is free and we’re very happy to learn
that Lesotho to some extent has managed to bridge the gender gap with women holding many of the important jobs in both the government and the private sector. We truly hope that this trend will continue for the future generations of empowered women. We would like to take this chance
to say thank you to those of you who helped us provide a few materials
for these awesome children. A few school supplies
is not going to change the world but I can guarantee you
that it did make a few children’s day… as well as ours. This is my last stop in Lesotho. I’m incredibly sad to leave this country. I feel like I’ve haven’t had enough time even though I’ve spent almost nine days here. The country has been absolutely breathtaking from its genuine people, to its rich culture,
mountain scenery, incredible views. I’m heading over Sani Pass,
which is the pass you see in front of me. And it’s heading into South Africa. So one more bumpy dirt road
and I’m in South Africa. Sani Pass is pretty infamous,
people have actually died on this pass. There’s a lot of switchbacks
and gravel roads so I’m pretty curious to see what kind
of off-roading we get into. Join me on my next episode,
which will be in Kruger National Park. Thanks for watching. We really hope you enjoyed this episode,
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Comments

  1. That was great! We’ve had no idea how beautiful and lush Lesotho is! Thanks for sharing your adventure and making an impact on the local people you’ve encountered!

  2. This is wonderful! Informative, beautiful photography and the kids are adorable! I love how you are giving back while traveling! I have never heard of Lesotho before so thank you for sharing!

  3. Beautiful documentary. Loved the scenery and the village children. Looking forward to your next Adventure Calls video.

  4. Love everything in this episode: the cinematography, the passionate host, the little tidbits of cuteness and humour, and the way you are giving back to a country that has welcomed you so beautifully !
    Well done!

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