We had Christmas Eve dinner shortly after arriving at Sani Lodge Backpackers, located between Underberg and Sani Pass in South Africa. It’s just a few kilometers from Lesotho.
Peter has a car so we got to see some waterfalls.
Day 3 here, we really got into the waterfalls – walking distance from Sani Lodge, do you believe!
So why do I call it Shangri La? I sure hope these photos begin to explain:
Plus, it’s very remote, like hardly anyone is here (except for 3 star hotel). Plus, the water is reputed to be amongst the purest and most rejuvenative in the world. No need to purify as long as you note where it’s from (usually, it’s from only sky and stream).
In Lesotho, I was blown away. Finally what looks like “real” Africa – sheep and emptiness and round houses and men wearing blankets riding donkeys. I m entranced. Also relieved, for while folks are very poor (i.e. no money) I am told they are not hungry, and I can see they are rich in family. However, AIDS has ravaged the population, despite intense education starting very young and continuing into high school.
Now, Day 6 at Sani Lodge, I am planning my solo visit to Lesotho to follow up on what looks amazing. Fortunately, the owner of Sani Lodge, Russell Suchet, literally wrote the book “A Backpacker’s Guide to Lesotho” and he’s a very patient man as I pepper him with hundreds of questions. I am very fortunate to have his guidance. I depart tomorrow a.m. I’ll be there for only 3 full days (plus 2 travel days). Wish me luck. I’m a bit nervous.