Trekking in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho
My first day trekking into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho which is one of the poorest countries in the world. 40% of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day but you would not be able to tell by how happy and grounded their people are. I was dropped off near the border with South Africa, trekked in 4 hours to a small village, made friends with locals and ended up staying in their round, thatched roof hut for a few days. It was quite an amazing experience playing with my their young children, drinking homemade beer with the village elders, killing/cleaning dinner, farming in the morning with the women, picking spinach from their garden, learning how to cook local cuisine, riding horseback through the mountains (no saddles) and playing soccer with their local village team. This is a quick interview with my friend Kabelo who I stayed with. A sad story how his 3 month old son died and his next child was named after him. Lesotho is a landlocked country and enclave entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. As the highest country in the world it has a minimum national elevation of 4,530 feet (1,380 meters) above sea level but most of the country's land lies above 6,000 feet (1,830 meters). It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size with a population of approximately 2,067,000. I highly recommend exploring this tiny country and its warm people if in the neighborhood!