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Saturday, April 10, 1999
Semonkong to Marakabei, Lesotho
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Marakabei, Lesotho:
Latitude: 29° 33' 8" South
Longitude: 28° 8' 54" East
Altitude: 5916 feet
From Seattle: 11851 miles
Lodging: Camp - Marakabei Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: Lesotho
Regions: Maseru, Thaba-Tseka
Route: Roads: A5, A3
Start: Semonkong
Stop 1. Maletsunyane Falls
End:Marakabei, Lesotho
Linear:29 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Maletsunyane Canyon Near Semonkong, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Grasshopper type bug Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Rapids below falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Canyon below Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Canyon Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Me Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

River below falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Cliff face Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Cliff face Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Fields Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Dean, Joy, Brett, and Darrelle taking a photo break Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Small adjacent falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Maletsunyane Falls Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

Huts A5 Road, Lesotho

Sign at God-Help-Me Pass A3, God-Help-Me Pass, Lesotho

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 730
Linear Dist: 96537
Countries Visited: 53
Regions Visited: 205
More stats...
Hotels: 203
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 107
Hostels: 198
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2809
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Journal Entry:
We packed up camp and headed out for Maletsunyane Falls. The road there was rough, but the scenery was spectacular. At one point a huge fissure-like canyon opened up across the landscape, and a few minutes later we caught sight of the falls plummeting into it. The falls aren't very large (volume wise) right now because it's the dry season. But they are still amazing. At 190 meters it's almost twice as high as the highest of Victoria Falls! Directly across the canyon from our view point is what looks like a small river and valley that runs right in to the canyon. The gorge itself is plenty impressive without the six hundred feet of falling water. It's amazing how normal and peaceful the river look right before plunging from its little valley in to the canyon. Spent an hour plus hiking around the ridge opposite the falls. When we climbed back up to the car the seven thousand feet of altitude was very obvious - as a pain in my lungs.

Another long driving day. We didn't really cover much distance, but the nature of the road is to go three miles to the left, then three miles to the right (and probably three mile up and down) for every mile you go in the direction you want. Plus the Land Rover just doesn't make very good time on these grades (well, at least the up ones). Around sunset we went by a very nice lodge on a river. Shortly after the road got very rough and even steeper, and the car started to have problems. We were less than 45 kilometers from Thaba-Tseka (where we were planning on going), but we decided to turn back for the lodge anyway. At the lodge, the owner told us it would have taken us three hours to get to Thaba-Tseka - so the stop was a good move. We had a beautiful home cooked dinner at the lodge, and got to watch a half hour of CNN (there's something going on in Yugoslavia...) before heading to bed early.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Lesotho
CIA World Fact Book: Lesotho

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