Day 7-9 was the South African Freedom Bank Holiday
Weekend so our group travelled up to the spectatular Drakensberg Mountains
and visited the small mountain citadel of Lestho via the Sani Pass.
While there we paid a visit to a small village and were invited into
the home of one of the locals where we were treated to some homemade
bread and told the history of the beautiful principality.
Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) was constituted a native state under
British protection by a treaty signed with the native chief
Moshoeshoe in 1843. It was annexed to Cape Colony in 1871, but in
1884 it was restored to direct control by the Crown.
The colony of Basutoland became the independent nation of Lesotho on
Oct. 4, 1966, with King Moshoeshoe II as sovereign.
Sadly, Lesotho faces one of the highest rates of HIV
infection in the world, leading some demographers to predict that
the country's population will begin declining in several years if
current trends continue.
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