This is a second post in a three-part series on Lesotho. Read post one here.
Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres in elevation. Its lowest point of 1,400 metres is thus the highest in the world. Over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 metres. Lesotho is also the southernmost landlocked country in the world. Because of its altitude, Lesotho remains cooler throughout the year than other regions at the same latitude. Winters can be cold with the lowlands getting down to −7 °C (19 °F) and the highlands to −18 °C (−0 °F) at times. Snow is common in the highlands between May and September; the higher peaks can experience snowfalls year-round.
As we wove through the mountains, climbing up towards Katse dam we started to see the temperatures plummet. Below you can see how the road cuts through the mountains.
Africa is most often depicted as a hot arid continent. And it is mostly, so when we South Africans get to see a little snow, it is rather a treat. Here in this region of Lesotho they have snow through most of winter and sometimes even in summer. How strange for Africa!
As we reached the top, the most beautiful snowscape scenes surrounded us.
We stopped the car and had to clamber about in it for a bit like children of course 🙂
I felt like I was on top of the world.
The mountain kingdom.