Lesotho Part 1: Top of the World Pony Ride
Lesotho is an 'island' country surrounded by South Africa and it is a very mountainous place. We decided to pay a visit to this special place to learn more about rural life and culture of the Basotho people, who live in Lesotho and speak Sesotho (it took us a few days to learn that trio of words). Here is a little more info About Lesotho
We had heard the best way to get a glimpse of the country was to take a 'pony' trek. I immediately scoffed at such an idea, imagining that I'd be placed atop a Shetland and sent up a mountain, my feet dragging all the way. Turns out that the Basotho Pony is just a small horse, and a sure-footed one at that. After the minibus taxi, pony is the preferred form of transport in Lesotho. Anna is the horse rider in our family so she took the pictures while assuring me that I wouldn't fall down a canyon. 'Loose rein' she'd repeat and that was pretty good advice. It was an all-day trek up mountains, through villages, and across valleys.