Monday, October 15 I left Maseru for Leride (Lhoste). But I discovered that it was a large urban area with patrols of police on foot traversing the main street; it is a frontier town. I went my way to go to see the dinosaur footprints at the edge of a river. I was accompanied by three young men very accessible who helped me to go down towards the river. It is necessary to be a specialist to recognize them. Not wishing to bivouac in Leride I pushed up to Katse Dam by crossing a pass at 3,096 meters of altitude. My bivouac opposite the dam is at 2,143 m of altitude. I remained two nights there to acclimatize me to altitude because I had two more other pass to cross at +3,000 meters.
The next morning around 7:00 I observed farmers plowing of the pieces with mountainside, with the shade with the still wet ground of the night, with hitch of four oxen. I took pictures with the lens of 500 mm.
Wednesday, October 17 I climbed Mokhoabong Pass at 3,045 meters of altitude. The track is seldom good driving because it there pot-holes and, it is rocky. From bivouac to bivouac I traversed 156 km in 6 hours and 15 minutes. The weather was been overcast and gloomy but fortunately without rain. The final bivouac was very bucolic at the edge of a small river bordered with trees with 2,105 Mr.
|Rise the pass at 3.045 m|
|The GPS road tracklog
from river spot to wild camp at a river
from 2018/10/17 to 2018/10/19
But around 18:00, a fellow arrived, well equipped for this area, who explained me that the parking was prohibited and that consequently I was to go to install me in his camp-site! Of course I refused this blackmail vigorously. It followed a discussion which lasted approximately about fifteen minutes. Finally he threatened to me to call on the police. As I had another point of bivouac approximately 8 km further on at the edge also at a river. I left the spot by eating my hat of anger. I left quickly to move away from this rowdy character. The new bivouac even more tempting is surrounded by hills and away from the curious one. My only visitors were goats. I remained there during three nights to prepare my tour in Kruger N.P.
Saturday I left with regrets the wild camp at river for its beauty and its quietude. The target of the day was to approach the border between Lesotho and South Africa to cross it on Monday morning October 22nd. I had two pass(es) at more than 3,000 meters high to cross in the clouds with a temperature of +2°C. The tarred road curved in rolling mountains during nearly 80 km between 2,600 and 3,200 meters of altitude while passing close to a winter sports resort, Afriski, at approximately 3,200 meters. Then the road went down up to 1740 meters where I found a wild camping at the gorge with a splendid landscape accompanied by white goats connected with the enthusiast of freedom Blanquette of Mr. Seguin (by Alphone Daudet)!
Sunday, October 21 I established my bivouac at one kilometer away from the gorge in Mamohase B&B. Great was my disappointment. The WC is a pit-toilets, the shower is a bucket of hot water and there is no water to fill the ad hoc tank! Admittedly the landscape is splendid; it is my last day in Lesotho.